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Walden Ran Away from Crowds

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May 26, 2016 • MLF • Archives

Randy Walden of Tompkinsville, Kentucky, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 16 pounds, 9 ounces, Saturday to win the third FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Music City Division tournament of 2016 on Center Hill Lake, presented by Power-Pole. For his victory, Walden took home $2,748.

“The BFL tournaments are the biggest tournaments that I fish, so to win one is really pretty special to me,” says Walden, who earned the first win of his career in FLW competition. “I still think that it is pretty crazy that I won, but it’s a great feeling of accomplishment.

“I was fishing up the river, keying in on the shad spawn,” Walden continues. “I found one spot near some bridge pilings where they were biting really good in the morning, then as the day progressed I was targeting wood and timber along bluff walls.”

Walden says that he caught around 20 keepers throughout the day on a Strike King KVD Sexy Dawg topwater bait and a green-pumpkin and orange-colored Legal Limit Lures jig with a green-pumpkin Strike King Rage Tail Craw.

“I think I was just in the right areas,” Walden says. “I was fishing up the river in deep, clear water and I didn’t see any other boats all day long. I got lucky and found the right fish and had them all to myself.”

The top 10 boaters:

1st:           Randy Walden, Tompkinsville, Ky., five bass, 16-9, $2,748

2nd:          Brandon Tramel, Smithville, Tenn., five bass, 16-4, $1,679

3rd:          Josh Tramel, Smithville, Tenn., five bass, 15-11, $916

4th:           Rod Huff, Monterey, Tenn., five bass, 15-4, $595

4th:           J.B. King, Byrdstown, Tenn., five bass, 15-4, $595

6th:           Dusty Rice, McMinnville, Tenn., five bass, 14-11, $481

6th:           Matt Stanley, Alexandria, Tenn., five bass, 14-11, $481

8th:           Daniel Johnson, Lebanon, Tenn., four bass, 13-10, $412

9th:           Blake Whittaker, Monterey, Tenn., five bass, 13-7, $366

10th:        John Graves, Mount Juliet, Tenn., five bass, 13-6, $321

Complete results can be found here.

Brandon Tramel caught a 5-pound, 4-ounce bass – the biggest of the tournament in the pro division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $305.


Co-angel Matthew McKinney

McKinney wins co-angler title

Matthew McKinney of Nashville, Tennessee, weighed in five bass totaling 18 pounds, 4 ounces Saturday to earn $1,414 and win the co-angler division.

The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:           Matthew McKinney, Nashville, Tenn., five bass, 18-4, $1,414

2nd:          Zach Sparks, Smithville, Tenn., four bass, 12-1, $639

3rd:          Ron Poland, Murfreesboro, Tenn., four bass, 11-0, $427

4th:           Taylor Wisniewski, Lexington, Ky., five bass, 10-10, $298

5th:           Alex Hester, Crossville, Tenn., five bass, 10-0, $255

6th:           Richard Walker, Franklin, Tenn., five bass, 9-14, $234

7th:           Larry Anderson, Hillsboro, Ohio, five bass, 9-8, $213

8th:           Ricky England, Sparta, Tenn., four bass, 8-7, $192

9th:           Darryl Humphrey, Murfreesboro, Tenn., three bass, 8-0, $170

10th:        Phil Williams, Jr., Jamestown, Ky., four bass, 7-12, $149

McKinney also caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 4 pounds, 8 ounces and earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $137.

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.