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Mayfield Gets First Win on Guntersville

Johnny Pittman wins co-angler division
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May 22, 2017 • MLF • Archives

Boater Chris Mayfield of Phil Campbell, Alabama, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 23 pounds, 14 ounces Saturday to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Choo Choo Division event on Lake Guntersville. Mayfield took home $4,079 for his victory.

“I was fishing in the mid-lake area,” said Mayfield, who earned his first career BFL win. “The fish were just getting out to the ledges. Literally a day ago they weren’t there. I was finding them with my electronics and just following them around.”

Mayfield said that he caught all of his limit on a Carolina-rigged Zoom Lizard, although he declined to specify the exact color. He did catch a fish on a jig as well, but all of the fish that he weighed in came via the Carolina rig.

“The fish were roaming in schools and I just kept moving with them,” Mayfield said. “I’ve had some terrible luck on Lake Guntersville over the years, and Saturday was just one of those days where everything was working for me.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

              1st:          Chris Mayfield, Phil Campbell, Ala., five bass, 23-14, $4,079

              2nd:         Ryan Salzman, Huntsville, Ala., five bass, 20-13, $2,040

              3rd:         Marc Arnold, Kingsport, Tenn., five bass, 19-7, $1,293

              4th:         Martin McCravy, Killen, Ala., five bass, 19-6, $905

              5th:         Josh Butler, Hayden, Ala., five bass, 19-0, $776

              6th:         Blake Hall, Hartselle, Ala., four bass, 17-7, $1,194

              6th:         Casey Martin, New Hope, Ala., five bass, 17-7, $979

              8th:         Bryan Gregory, Fort Payne, Ala., five bass, 16-9, $582

              9th:         Jack Gumbert, Huntsville, Ala., five bass, 16-7, $517

              10th:       John Polly, Nauvoo, Ala., five bass, 16-6, $453

Complete results can be found here.

Boater big bass award

Hall caught a 7-pound bass, which was the heaviest of the tournament in the Boater Division. The catch earned him the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $515.

Johnny Pittman

Johnny Pittman of Albertville, Alabama, weighed in five bass totaling 14 pounds, 15 ounces Saturday to win the Co-angler Division and the top prize of $1,902.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

              1st:          Johnny Pittman, Albertville, Ala., five bass, 14-15, $1,902

              2nd:         Waylon Hancock, Dutton, Ala., four bass, 14-3, $951

              3rd:         Marcus Corbett, Anniston, Ala., five bass, 14-2, $734

              4th:         Ethan Wheeler, Mayfield, Ky., five bass, 13-13, $444

              5th:         Terry Smith, Tullahoma, Tenn., five bass, 13-7, $380

              6th:         Dennis Sandoval, Decatur, Ala., five bass, 13-6, $349

              7th:         Adam Clark, Logan, Ala., five bass, 12-15, $367

              8th:         Jarrid Taylor, Attalla, Ala., three bass, 12-3, $285

              9th:         Chad Biddle, Shelbyville, Ky., four bass, 12-1, $254

              10th:       Jerry Armstrong, Shelbyville, Tenn., five bass, 12-0, $222

Complete results can be found here.

Co-angler big bass award

Jeremy Waldrop of Hoover, Alabama, weighed a 5-pound, 12-ounce bass which earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award and $252.

The T-H Marine BFL at Lake Guntersville was hosted by the Marshall County Convention and Visitor’s 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. 12-14 BFL Regional Championship on Wheeler Lake in Decatur, Alabama. 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.