(Sep 27, 2016 - HENDERSON, N.C.)
The FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) is headed to Kerr Lake Oct. 6-8 for the second of six BFL regional championships. The three-day tournament, which is presented by Evinrude, will feature the top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers from each of the Northeast, Savannah River, Shenandoah and Volunteer divisions.
The winning boater will receive a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower outboard and a check for $20,000, while the winning co-angler will receive a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower outboard. The top six boaters and co-anglers at each regional will advance to one of the longest-running championships in bass fishing – the BFL All-American.
“In the fall, the fishing on Kerr Lake depends on the water levels,” said Walmart FLW Tour pro Shane LeHew, of Mooresville, North Carolina. “I think we’ll see anglers using spinnerbaits, vibrating jigs and square-billed crankbaits to fish bushes up the river. If the water is lower, Carolina-rigged soft plastics on long points could be productive as well.
“Both Nutbush creeks and Grassy Creek are going to be popular in this event,” continued LeHew. “If there’s good grass, competitors will catch them on spinnerbaits, buzzbaits or a variety of Texas-rigged soft-plastics. A lipless crankbait may also come in handy. It all depends on the water levels.”
LeHew said that green-pumpkin-colored baits tend to do well in clearer water, while black and blue shades are preferable in more stained areas.
“White and chartreuse-colored vibrating jigs and spinnerbaits should be a good bet,” said LeHew. “There may be some baitfish in the backs of creeks, so colors like Sexy Shad will clean up.”
LeHew finished by estimating that a three-day catch totaling 46 pounds would be enough to win the tournament.
Anglers will take off from Nutbush North, located at 115 Jack Wade Farm Road in Henderson, at 7:30 a.m. EDT each day. Weigh-in each day will be held at the ramp beginning at 3:30 p.m. Takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public.
The BFL Regional Championship event on Kerr Lake is being hosted by the Vance County Department of Tourism.
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.
FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money in 2016 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW conducts more than 235 bass-fishing tournaments annually across the United States and sanctions tournaments in Canada, China, Mexico and South Korea. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW" television show, broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, while FLW Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros.