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Parmer Wins Walmart Bass Fishing League Illini Division Event on Ohio River

Clore wins co-angler title

by: Brian Johnson, FLW

(Jun 15, 2015 - GOLCONDA, IL.) Mike Parmer of Metropolis, Illinois, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 17 pounds, 12 ounces Saturday to win the second Walmart Bass Fishing League Illini Division tournament of 2015 on the Ohio River. For his victory, Parmer earned $4,119.
According to tournament reports, Parmer caught his fish deep using a black and blue Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver on the main river and in creeks.
The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
1st:          Mike Parmer, Metropolis, Ill., five bass, 17-12, $4,119
2nd:         Alan Spenner, Hoyleton, Ill., five bass, 13-14, $2,059
3rd:          Dustin Kielhorn, Harrisburg, Ill., five bass, 12-15, $1,374
4th:          Lance Barnes, Benton, Ill., five bass, 11-9, $961
5th:          Garrett McDowell, Mattoon, Ill., five bass, 10-13, $824
6th:          Ryan Dunn, Harrisburg, Ill., five bass, 10-11, $755
7th:          Bobby McMullin, Pevely, Mo., four bass, 9-13, $686
8th:          Marty Sisk, Evansville, Ind., five bass, 9-7, $618
9th:          Matt Jackson, Moweaqua, Ill., five bass, 9-3, $549
10th:        Dan Morehead, Paducah, Ky., five bass, 9-1, $480
William Walker of Mulkeytown, Illinois, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division, a fish weighing 5 pounds, 1 ounce and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $565.
Keith Clore of Percy, Illinois, weighed in five bass totaling 11 pounds, 8 ounces Saturday to win $2,023 in the co-angler division.
The top 10 co-anglers were:
1st:          Keith Clore, Percy, Ill., five bass, 11-8, $2,023
2nd:         Greg Berhorst, Holts Summit, Mo., four bass, 10-10, $1,011
3rd:          Ernie Richards, Dixon, Ill., three bass, 8-0, $674
4th:          Dave Dobill, Royalton, Ill., three bass, 7-13, $472
5th:          Greg Griffith, Harrisburg, Ill., three bass, 7-2, $405
6th:          Chad Hess, Scheller, Ill., five bass, 7-1, $371
7th:          Aaron Arning, Walnut Hill, Ill., five bass, 6-14, $337
8th:          Rod Mandrell, Benton, Ill., five bass, 6-6, $303
9th:          Jarred Metje, Woodlawn, Ill., five bass, 6-4, $270
10th:        James Schubert, Mount Vernon, Ill., four bass, 6-1, $236
Dobill caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $277.
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.