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Wilson Wins Walmart Bass Fishing League Cowboy Division Event on Sam Rayburn Reservoir

Richardson wins co-angler title

by: Brian Johnson, FLW

Paul Wilson of Converse, Louisiana, weighed a 5-bass limit totaling 21 lbs, 5 oz Saturday to win the Cowboy Division on Sam Rayburn Reservoir and a check worth $5,472.
Photo by courtesy FLW Outdoors
(Jun 1, 2015 - BROOKELAND, TX) Paul Wilson of Converse, Louisiana, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 21 pounds, 5 ounces Saturday to win the fourth Walmart Bass Fishing League Cowboy Division tournament of 2015 on Sam Rayburn Reservoir. For his victory, Wilson earned $5,472.
Wilson said he caught his fish along main-lake points in 14 to 20 feet of water. He used a Tennessee Shad-colored Norman Lures DD22 crankbait as well as a Carolina-rigged California 420-colored Zoom Ol' Monster Worm.
“I would use the DD22 to see if the fish were hungry and if they were I’d drag the Monster Worm,” said Wilson.
Wilson said he caught approximately 60 fish during the tournament.
“My second fish of the day was my biggest – a 7-pounder. I had a limit within 15 minutes,” said Wilson. “From there I went around to eight different spots. Three of them produced my winning fish, but we kept moving back and forth between the others to make sure we didn’t miss anything.
“With the water being higher than usual, there was a lot of underwater structure that normally wouldn’t be there,” continued Wilson. “The fish seemed to be attracted to the different obstacles – especially the more gradual slopes. And if the slopes had a lot of brush, I knew some big fish would be there. I was fortunate enough to find that out early on.”
The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
               1st:          Paul Wilson, Converse, La., five bass, 21-5, $4,472 + $1,000 Mercury Bonus
               2nd:         Kris Wilson, Montgomery, Texas, five bass, 21-2, $2,236
               3rd:          John Maddox, Lufkin, Texas, five bass, 21-1, $1,492
               4th:          Albert Collins, Nacogdoches, Texas, five bass, 20-1, $1,043
               5th:          Bryan Trahan, Orange, Texas, five bass, 16-15, $894
               6th:          Nick Lebrun, Shreveport, La., five bass, 16-7, $782
               6th:          Dicky Newberry, Houston, Texas, five bass, 16-7, $782
               8th:          W.T. Wright, Spring, Texas, five bass, 16-3, $671
               9th:          Derrick Shoffitt, Lufkin, Texas, five bass, 16-2, $596
               10th:        Justin Morton, Etoile, Texas, five bass, 15-7, $522
Wright caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division, a fish weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $650.
Percy Richardson of Lufkin, Texas, weighed in five bass totaling 15 pounds, 12 ounces Saturday to win $2,157 in the co-angler division.
The top 10 co-anglers were:
          1st:          Percy Richardson, Lufkin, Texas, five bass, 15-12, $2,157
          2nd:         Jeffrey Grubbs, Goodrich, Texas, five bass, 14-14, $1,079
          3rd:          Benjamin Shaw, Haughton, La., five bass, 14-13, $717
          4th:          Allen Dupree, Haughton, La., five bass, 14-9, $503
          5th:          Josh Torres, Etoile, Texas, five bass, 14-7, $431
          6th:          Charles Dranguet, Natchitoches, La., five bass, 13-12, $396
          7th:          Joseph Brozak, Orange, Texas, five bass, 13-6, $360
          8th:          Brandon Grove, Greenwood, La., five bass, 11-8, $324
          9th:          Jerry Coutee, Montgomery, La., five bass, 11-2, $288
         10th:        Bill Gift, Lindale, Texas, five bass, 11-1, $239
Grubbs caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $305.
The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 22-24 Regional Championship on Lake of the Ozarks in Osage Beach, Missouri. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.
The BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 120 tournaments throughout the season, five in each division. The top 50 boaters and co-anglers from each division qualify for a regional tournament and compete to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Walmart BFL All-American. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the Rayovac FLW Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.
FLW is the industry’s premier tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2015 over the course of 240 tournaments across five tournament circuits, four of which provide an avenue to the sport’s richest payday and most coveted championship trophy – the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW" television show and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world.