Brad Wiley of Alto, Georgia, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bulldog Division tournament on Lake Lanier Sunday with a two-day cumulative catch of 10 bass weighing 28 pounds, 2 ounces. For his efforts, Wiley took home $5,942.
Wiley says he spent his weekend fishing on the south end of the lake, near the dam. He targeted schooling fish and rotated through five areas throughout the tournament.
“I concentrated on a hump, a ridge, a channel swing and some standing timber,” says Wiley, who earned his first career-win in FLW competition. “The wind made the tournament difficult. On Saturday, there were gusts up to 20 mph, and on Sunday they reached 40 mph. I couldn’t get anything going in the creeks, so there wasn’t much shelter.”
“With the strong winds there weren’t many options for lures, especially yesterday (Sunday),” says Wiley. “The Underspin worked well because it handled the gusts and got down into those 40-foot depths where fish were suspended in the trees. Standing timber ended up being the most productive cover for me.”
Wiley says he also caught key fish using a Megabass Ito Vision 110 jerkbait.
“I used the jerkbait in the morning until the wind picked up,” says Wiley. “I actually caught my heaviest fish on it, including one Sunday that came early on my third or fourth cast.”
The top 10 boaters:
1st: Brad Wiley. Alto, Ga., 10 bass, 28-2, $5,942
2nd: Kip Carter, Social Circle, Ga., 10 bass, 26-15, $2,971
3rd: Brock Turner, Jasper, Ga., 10 bass, 25-2, $1,983
4th: Rob Jordan, Flowery Branch, Ga., 10 bass, 24-9, $1,386
5th: Phil Johnson, Alpharetta, Ga., 10 bass, 23-8, $1,188
6th: John Duvall, Madison, Ga., 10 bass, 21-14, $1,289
7th: Patrick Bone, Cleveland, Ga., eight bass, 21-8, $990
8th: Chris Baxter, Winder, Ga., 10 bass, 20-15, $1,191
9th: Trent Palmer, Alpharetta, Ga., 10 bass, 20- 8, $792
10th: Heath Pack, Ellijay, Ga., nine bass, 19-12, $693
Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.
Kim Carver of Milledgeville, Georgia, caught a bass weighing 3 pounds, 14 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division. The catch earned him the Boater Big Bass award of $802.
Sato wins co-angler title
Spencer Sato of Warner Robins, Georgia, weighed a two-day cumulative total of nine bass totaling 22 pounds, 4 ounces, to win the Co-angler Division and $2,971.
The top 10 co-anglers:
1st: Spencer Sato, Warner Robins, Ga., nine bass, 22-4, $2,971
2nd: Mark Denney, Bonaire, Ga., eight bass, 18-12, $1,586
3rd: Ben Brisbois, Gainesville, Ga., eight bass, 18-9, $989
4th: James Akins, Cumming, Ga., nine bass, 18-4, $693
5th: Sam Naib, Atlanta, Ga., nine bass, 17-1, $594
6th: Drew Harbin, Winder, Ga., eight bass, 16-5, $595
7th: Tony DiMauro, Watkinsville, Ga., eight bass, 16-2, $495
8th: Harold Grizzle, Gainesville, Ga., seven bass, 15-0, $446
9th: Randy Smith, Fayetteville, Ga., seven bass, 14-0, $396
10th: Undre Montgomery, Cumming, Ga., seven bass, 12-12, $347
Kevin Haggarty of Flowery Branch, Georgia, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division – a fish weighing 4 pounds, 1 ounce – and earned the Co-angler Big Bass award of $401.
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.