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Montgomery Wins FLW Bass Fishing League Bama Division Event on Lake Eufaula

Ford wins co-angler title

by: Brian Johnson, FLW

Local angler Scott Montgomery of Eufaula, weighed a 5-bass limit totaling 20 lbs, 9 ozs, to win the (BFL) Bama Division tournament on Lake Eufaula.
Photo by courtesy FLW Outdoors
(Apr 18, 2016 - Eufaula, AL.)

Local angler Scott Montgomery of Eufaula, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 20 pounds, 9 ounces, Saturday to win the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bama Division tournament on Lake Eufaula presented by Power-Pole. For his victory, Montgomery took home $4,279.
 
Montgomery said he began his day targeting spawning shad along a 100-yard stretch of mid-lake rocks.


“I used a Gizzard Shad-colored Strike King KVD HC 2.5 Square Bill Silent Crankbait, but the bite was really slow,” said Montgomery, who earned his second career win in FLW competition. “I decided to go with my backup plan and ran to the south end of the lake. I hit around 30 different points and rocky areas and it ended up being my main deal.


“I used the Strike King and boated nearly 10 keepers throughout the day from the clearest water possible,” Montgomery continued. “There were certain areas you could actually see the mudline outside of the pockets.”


Around 1:30 p.m., Montgomery said he brought in a 6-pounder out of some rocks using a chartreuse-colored Big Bite Baits Suicide Shad Swimbait.


“The swimbait is brand new and has great action to it,” said Montgomery. “The 6-pounder was a great addition to the livewell. I didn’t catch a lot of fish, but the ones I did were decent. Luckily, I went with my backup plan.”


The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
               1st:          Scott Montgomery, Eufaula, Ala., five bass, 20-9, $4,279
               2nd:         Scott Armstrong, Headland, Ala., five bass, 19-15, $2,140
               3rd:          Bobby Padgett, LaGrange, Ga., five bass, 19-8, $1,726
               4th:          Chad Newbolt, Opelika, Ala., five bass, 18-7, $998
               5th:          David Gaston, Sylacauga, Ala., five bass, 18-0, $856
               6th:          Barry Hooper, Monticello, Ga., four bass, 17-13, $1,390
               7th:          Michael Smith, Andalusia, Ala., four bass, 17-11, $713
               8th:          Alan Brightwell, Moultrie, Ga., five bass, 16-7, $642
               9th:          David Lowery, Phenix City, Ala., five bass, 16-3, $571
               10th:        Sean Buntin, Satsuma, Ala., five bass, 16-1, $499

Hooper caught a 7-pound, 14-ounce bass – the biggest of the tournament in the pro division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $605.


Jeffrey Ford of Trion, Georgia, weighed in five bass totaling 14 pounds, 6 ounces, Saturday to win the co-angler division and earn $2,140.


The top 10 co-anglers were:
               1st:          Jeffrey Ford, Trion, Ga., five bass, 14-6, $2,140
               2nd:         Emory Walden, Newnan, Ga., five bass, 13-14, $1,070
               3rd:          Ben Waldrop, Hiram, Ga., five bass, 13-10, $712
               4th:          Rodney Graham, Childersburg, Ala., five bass, 11-12, $499
               5th:          Lee Gissendaner, Eufaula, Ala., four bass, 10-10, $428
               6th:          Luke Williamson, McCalla, Ala., five bass, 10-3, $392
               7th:          Steve Watson, Panama City, Fla., four bass, 10-0, $357
               8th:          Bailey Boutries, Daphne, Ala., three bass, 9-12, $321
               9th:          Ryan Muccio, Columbia, Ala., three bass, 9-10, $285
               10th:        Todd Radney, Oxford, Ala., five bass, 9-8, $250


Christopher Fowler of Andalusia, Alabama, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 6 pounds, 15 ounces and earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $302.


The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 27-29 Regional Championship on Lake Hartwell in Seneca, 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 are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the BFL All-American. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.


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