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Barrett Wins Walmart Bass Fishing League Piedmont Division Event on High Rock Lake

Brown wins co-angler title

by: Brian Johnson, FLW

(Jun 15, 2015 - SALISBURY, N.C.) Robert Barrett of Youngsville, North Carolina, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 19 pounds, 5 ounces Saturday to win the third Walmart Bass Fishing League Piedmont Division tournament of 2015 on High Rock Lake. For his victory, Barrett earned $4,806.
“I fished a sandy spot about 1000 feet from the takeoff ramp,” Barrett said. “The bass were feeding on shad in a small pocket along a bank. I used a ¼-ounce custom green-pumpkin shaky-head rig with a South Africa Special-colored Zoom Worm to catch my fish. I had my winning stringer completed by 8:30 a.m.
“The flat I targeted was in 14 to 16 feet of water,” continued Barrett. “I had done well in there in practice, so I knew that’s where I needed to be.”
Barrett said he caught approximately 11 keepers over the course of his day.
“I was lucky in the fact that I didn’t have to run around the entire lake looking for new spots,” Barrett said. “For some reason that bank held a lot of fish. I was pretty lucky.”
The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
1st:          Robert Barrett, Youngsville, N.C., five bass, 19-5, $4,806
2nd:         Robert Mixon, Lexington, N.C., five bass, 18-8, $2,403
3rd:          Derek Tolley, Winston-Salem, N.C., five bass, 16-15, $1,605
4th:          Spence Brunson, Salisbury, N.C., five bass, 16-6, $1,121
5th:          David Wright, Lexington, N.C., five bass, 15-1, $961
6th:          Tommy Jones, Salisbury, N.C., five bass, 15-0, $881
7th:          Steve Sink, Winston-Salem, N.C., five bass, 14-1, $801
8th:          Chadd Eriksen, Wake Forest, N.C., five bass, 13-14, $721
9th:          Eric Rothrock, High Point, N.C., five bass, 13-7, $641
10th:        Tim Emory, Creedmoor, N.C., four bass, 13-2, $561
William Seufert of Lynchburg, Virginia, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division, a fish weighing 7 pounds, 11 ounces and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $725.
Derek Brown of Charlottesville, Virginia, weighed in five bass totaling 12 pounds, 1 ounce Saturday to win $2,364 in the co-angler division.
The top 10 co-anglers were:
1st:          Derek Brown, Charlottesville, Va., five bass, 12-1, $2,364
2nd:         Bill Naron, Beaverdam, Va., five bass, 10-15, $1,182
3rd:          Robert Tysinger, Lillington, N.C., five bass, 10-12, $788
4th:          Dwayne Condrey, Denton, N.C., four bass, 10-0, $552
5th:          Charles Wood, Thomasville, N.C., three bass, 9-11, $473
6th:          Bryan Forsee, Mooresville, N.C., three bass, 8-7, $433
7th:          Gerrit Vanvoorhees, Lanexa, Va., three bass, 7-11, $394
8th:          Chris Whittaker, Waverly, Va., three bass, 7-10, $355
9th:          George Baucom, Charlotte, N.C., three bass, 7-5, $315
10th:        Dale Webber, Kernersville, N.C., three bass, 7-2, $276
Forsee caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $352.
The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 8-10 Regional Championship on the Potomac River in Marbury, Maryland. 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.