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Georgia’s McMullen Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League South Carolina Division Finale on Lake Wylie

Gaston’s Wingate Nabs Co-angler Title

by: Brian Johnson, FLW

Boater Willie McMullen of Oxford, GA won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) South Carolina Division tournament on Lake Wylie with a 2day total of 10 bass weighing 26 lb, 3 oz.
Photo by courtesy FLW Outdoors
(Oct 2, 2017 - )

Boater Willie McMullen of Oxford, Georgia, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) South Carolina Division tournament on Lake Wylie with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 26 pounds, 3 ounces. For his win, McMullen pocketed $5,082.

“I caught everything fairly shallow from isolated wood and docks,” said McMullen, who earned his first career-win in FLW competition. “I spent the tournament in the South Fork Catawba River arm and was able to catch seven keepers on Saturday and nine on Sunday.”

McMullen estimated that 12 of his bass bit a white Z-Man ChatterBait while the other four preferred a black Picasso Din R Bel Buzzbait or a June Bug-colored Zoom Dead Ringer Worm.

“I had a little milk run and hit the same stuff each day,” said McMullen. “Everything came from less than 3 feet of water. The water level actually dropped throughout the weekend, which both helped and hurt me. It isolated targets to where I could pick apart areas without fan casting, but it also dried out some spots by Sunday.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
               1st:          Willie McMullen, Oxford, Ga., 10 bass, 26-3, $5,082
               2nd:         Scott Hamrick, Denver, N.C., 10 bass, 23-8, $2,541
               3rd:          Timmy Thompkins, Myrtle Beach, S.C., nine bass, 22-8, $1,925
               4th:          Mel Long, Hampton, S.C., 10 bass, 21-11, $1,139
               5th:          Chuck Howard, Elloree, S.C., 10 bass, 20-15, $976
               6th:          Ron Brown, Santee, S.C., 10 bass, 20-13, $895
               7th:          Nathan Webber, Lake Wylie, S.C., 10 bass, 20-6, $814
               8th:          Shane Lineberger , Lincolnton, N.C., nine bass, 20-3, $732
               9th:          Bryan New, Belmont, N.C., nine bass, 19-9, $651
               10th:        Cole Huskins, Mount Holly, N.C., 10 bass, 18-15, $570
John Haas of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, caught a 4-pound, 12-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the Boater Big Bass award of $600.rolina, caught a two-day total of seven bass weighing 16 pounds, 4 ounces, to win the Co-angler Division and $2,634.

The top 10 co-anglers were:
               1st:          Mark Wingate, Gaston, S.C., seven bass, 16-4, $2,634
               2nd:         Jared Upchurch, Lugoff, S.C., seven bass, 14-6, $1,217
               3rd:          Tommy Floyd, Coward, S.C., seven bass, 14-1, $813
               4th:          Marcus Leech, Gastonia, N.C., seven bass, 13-7, $568
               5th:          Thomas Robbins, Jackson, S.C., eight bass, 13-2, $537
               6th:          Brandon Jeffcoat, Columbia, S.C., seven bass, 11-14, $446
               7th:          Terry Carteret, Charlotte, N.C., four bass, 10-13, $406
               8th:          Charles Wood, Thomasville, N.C., four bass, 10-12, $657
               9th:          Tristen Trull, Mount Holly, N.C., six bass, 10-8, $325
               10th:        Terry Coleman, Sumter, S.C., four bass, 9-5, $284

Wood caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division – a fish weighing 4 pounds, 12 ounces – and earned the Co-angler Big Bass award of $292.

The T-H Marine FLW BFL South Carolina Division tournament on Lake Wylie was hosted by the Rock Hill/York County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 19-21 BFL Regional Championship on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Georgia. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard.

The 2017 BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they 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. The 2018 All-American will be held on Cross Lake in Shreveport, Louisiana, May 31-June 2 and is hosted by the Shreveport-Bossier City Sports Commission and the Red River Waterway Commission. Top performers in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the FLW Tour.

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