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Boatright boats them right for win

Arkansas angler captures co-angler crown at All-American
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Scott Boatright of Sheridan, Ark., won the Co-angler Division of the 2004 BFL All-American with 17 pounds, 4 ounces. Photo by Rob Newell.
April 16, 2004 • Rob Newell • Archives

In the Co-angler Division, Scott Boatright of Sheridan, Ark., made a command performance to win the 2004 BFL All-American with 17 pounds, 4 ounces.

“This has just been an awesome experience,” Boatright said about his All-American week.

Boatright, who lives about 45 minutes from Lake Hamilton, was dialed into the winning pattern from the first day of practice. He reported catching nearly 13 pounds during the practice round, brought in 10 pounds, 6 ounces on day one and added 6 pounds, 14 ounces to his total today to win by over 3 pounds.

“All week, I fished a wacky-rigged watermelon Zoom Trick worm around docks,” Boatright said. “I used 8-pound-test line on a spinning rod. I fished with Mark (Schafer) yesterday, and he was fishing exactly how I fish here this time of year. Today I fished with Adam Wagner, told him about the pattern, and we caught a bunch of fish.”

For his win, Boatright collected $50,000. When tournament emcee Charlie Evans asked Boatright what he was going to do with the money, Boatright pointed to his wife in the audience and said, “Charlie, I think you know who is going to get this money.”

Rest of the best

Rounding out the top five co-anglers were Aaron McManaway of Altamont, Ill., in second with a two-day total of 13 pounds, 9 ounces; Daniel Dobransky of Waynesburg, Ohio, in third with a two-day total of 12 pounds, 12 ounces; Brent Sain of Manchester, Tenn., in fourth with a two-day total of 11 pounds, 15 ounces; and Dick Gum of Woodbridge, Va., in fifth with a two-day total of 10 pounds, 8 ounces.

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