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Williams Wins Walmart Bass Fishing League Savannah River Division Finale on Clarks Hill Lake

Brock wins co-angler title

by: Brian Johnson, FLW

David Williams of Maiden, NC, weighed a 5 bass limit totaling 14 pounds to win the Savannah River Division Super Tournament on Clarks Hill Lake with a 2-day total of 10 bass weighing 29 lbs, 2 ozs. Williams earned a $7,316 check for his win.  
Photo by courtesy FLW Outdoors
(Sep 28, 2015 - Appling. GA.)  David Williams of Maiden, North Carolina, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 14 pounds even Sunday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Savannah River Division Super Tournament on Clarks Hill Lake with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 29 pounds, 2 ounces. For his victory, Williams earned $7,316.
“Coming into this tournament I wanted to try and cover as much water as I could,” said Williams, who has amassed more than $244,000 in winnings in FLW competition. “I ran from to creek to creek looking for baitfish. I eventually settled into three different areas.
“I targeted any natural cover I could find,” continued Williams. “The water was down nearly 6 feet so a lot of bass were hiding around the rock and wood because of how scarce it was. I used a spinnerbait to catch fish near the cover and the grasslines and a topwater propbait along the shore. When I wanted to slow my pace down, I flipped a TrueSouth Lures jig around docks.”
Williams said he caught seven hefty keepers on day one and 10 smaller keepers on day two.  
 “They ended up weighing enough to get me the win,” Williams said.
The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
1st:          David Williams, Maiden, N.C., 10 bass, 29-2, $5,316 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus
2nd:         Michael Anders, Anderson, S.C., 10 bass, 27-5, $2,658
3rd:          Jayme Rampey, Liberty, S.C., 10 bass, 27-3, $1,774
4th:          Franklin Ramey, Abbeville, S.C., 10 bass, 26-9, $1,240
5th:          David Nichol, Gainesville, Ga., 10 bass, 26-2, $1,063
6th:          Jonathon Webb, Elberton, Ga., eight bass, 25-15, $975
7th:          Furman Thompson, Clayton, Ga., 10 bass, 25-7, $886
8th:          Zack Lamb, Martinez, Ga., 10 bass, 25-6, $797
9th:          Joseph Marks, Duncan, S.C., 10 bass, 23-11, $709
10th:        Charles Doyle, Augusta, Ga., 10 bass, 23-4, $620 
Marks caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division Friday. The fish weighed 5 pounds, 15 ounces and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $667.
Brandon Brock of Honea Path, South Carolina, won the co-angler division and $2,658 with a two-day total of nine bass weighing 24 pounds, 1 ounce.
The top 10 co-anglers were:
1st:          Brandon Brock, Honea Path, S.C., nine bass, 24-1, $2,658
2nd:         John Wilson, Six Mile, S.C., 10 bass, 22-14, $1,329
3rd:          Brad Gambrell, Seneca, S.C., eight bass, 21-15, $886
4th:          Tony Holbrooks, Franklin, N.C., 10 bass, 20-15, $620
5th:          Travis Spivey, Tiger, Ga., nine bass, 20-9, $532
6th:          Brian Callahan, Gainesville, Ga., 10 bass, 20-8, $487
7th:          Michael Smith, Piedmont, S.C., 10 bass, 20-3, $443
8th:          Chris Nunziato, Elberton, Ga., 10 bass, 18-15, $399
9th:          Chuck Bond, Laurens, S.C., nine bass, 18-3, $354
10th:        Bill Hawkins, Piedmont, S.C., eight bass, 16-4, $310
Spivey caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $334.
The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings now qualify for the Oct. 15-17 Regional Championship on Lake Wateree in Camden, South Carolina. 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.