The T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) All-American is one of the oldest and most prestigious championships in bass fishing, and just qualifying to fish it is a feat.
This year, 98 anglers have managed to fish their way to the 2018 All-American on Cross Lake. The tournament, which is set for May 31-June 2, offers a top prize of up to $120,000 and a Forrest Wood Cup berth for the boater winner, and up to $60,000 for the co-angler winner.
To get to the 2018 All-American required a long, successful tournament run. It started with BFL qualifying events in 2017, where the top anglers earned spots at six BFL Regionals that were held in the fall. The top six boaters and co-anglers at each Regional qualified for the All-American. A BFL Wild Card event was held after the Regionals for anglers who failed to qualify for a Regional but met other criteria. The top six boaters and co-anglers at the Wild Card also qualified for the All-American. Finally, seven boaters and seven co-anglers from The Bass Federation, who fought their own season-long qualifying battle, earned berths into the All-American by finishing atop their respective TBF divisions at the 2018 TBF National Championship.
What follows is a complete list of boater and co-angler qualifiers, organized by qualifying route.
Marty Sisk – Evansville, Ind.
Brent Anderson – Kingston Springs, Tenn.
Roger Fitzpatrick – Eldon, Mo.
Edward Gettys – Paris, Tenn.
John Devries – Fishers, Ind.
Justin Berger – Murray, Ky.
Billy French – Hamilton, Ohio
James McWhorter – Hamilton, Ohio
Brian Huber – St. Charles, Mo.
Jason Papek – Desoto, Mo.
Josh Ford – Connersville, Ind.
Bobby Revalee – Connersville, Ind.
Eric Sanders – Lexington, Ky.
Tim Rhoades – Bowling Green, Ky.
Clint Bissonett – Beavercreek, Ohio
Jack Dalzell – Elyria, Ohio
Kyle Weisenburger – Ottawa, Ohio
Brad Leifermann – Andover, Minn.
Jim Stone – Greenwood, Ind.
Philip Borsa – Redford, Mich.
Andrew Gilliland – McArthur, Ohio
Danny Nicklin – Highland, Ill.
Paul VonWald – La Crosse, Wis.
Joseph Gulash – Edwardsville, Ill.
Kip Carter – Social Circle, Ga.
Tyler Morgan – Columbus, Ga.
Brandon McGinnis – Pell City, Ala.
John Duvall – Madison, Ga.
Adam Wagner – Cookeville, Tenn.
Grant Kelly – Milledgeville, Ga.
Michael Smith – Piedmont, S.C.
Matthew O’Connell – Brooks, Ga.
Matthew Bouldin – Smithville, Tenn.
Harold Grizzle – Gainesville, Ga.
Daniel Tuten – Byron, Ga.
Chris Harcrow – Dawson, Ala.
Richard Owen – Chester, Va.
James Wall – Greensboro, N.C.
Ralph Ray – Youngsville, N.C.
Chris Panetta – West Simsbury, Conn.
Chris Daves – Spring Grove, Va.
Jackson Pleasant – Raleigh, N.C.
Adam Lockler – Charlotte, N.C.
Ben Arnold – La Follette, Tenn.
Henry McKee – Haddon Heights, N.J.
Michael Nelms – Hartwood, Va.
Colton Chambers – Elizabethton, Tenn.
Nathan Grose – Summersville, W.Va.
Jason Sandidge – Centerton, Ark.
Randy Deaver – Blanchard, La.
Ben Blaschke – Muldrow, Okla.
Randy Despino – Colfax, La.
John Shore – Owasso, Okla.
Nick Lebrun – Bossier City, La.
Nathan Colwell – Pryor, Okla.
Jack Stegall – Carriere, Miss.
Bobby Call – Wagoner, Okla.
Cord Colwell – Pryor, Okla.
Keith Whipple – Iuka, Miss.
Mike Allen – Crystal Springs, Miss.
Jayme Rampey – Liberty, S.C.
Jeremy Strong – Elberton, Ga.
Rob Jordan – Flowery Branch, Ga.
Roger Vinson – Flowery Branch, Ga.
David Nichol – Gainesville, Ga.
Heath Pack – Ellijay, Ga.
Eric Cerny – Alpharetta, Ga.
Stephen Main – Chester, Va.
Brandon Brock – Honea Path, S.C.
Jeremy Bouldin – Kings Mountain, N.C.
Michael Miller – Greenville, S.C.
Chester Tucker – Seneca, S.C.
Kevin Powers – Unicoi, Tenn.
Steve Ruff – St. Charles, Mo.
Freddy Palmer – Estill Springs, Tenn.
Danny Holloway – Corinth, Miss.
Billy Schroeder – Paducah, Ky.
Justin Royal – Vidor, Texas
Scott Stallings – Glencoe, Okla.
Dave Roberts – Indianapolis, Ind.
Robert Pillow – Campbellsville, Ky.
Cory Miller – Blanchard, Okla.
Andrew Nickeson – Valdosta, Ga.
Carl Lingle – Dongola, Ill.
Mike Webster – Atkins, Ark. – Central Division
Nick Deering – Portland, Maine – Eastern Division
Brian Trieschman – Ellicott City, Md. – Mid-Atlantic Division
Pat Upthagrove – Monroe, Mich. – Northern Division
BJ Nelson – Louisa, Ken. – Southern Division
Austin Wilson – Citrus Heights, Calif. – Southwestern Division
Loren Torok – Hayden, Idaho – Northwestern Division
Ray Blash – Waynesville, Mo. – Central Division
Scott McKay – Mendon, Vt. – Eastern Division
Adam Wall – Lincoln, Del. – Mid-Atlantic Division
Dave Berg – St. Francis, Minn. – Northern Division
Chris Franco – Powell, Tenn. – Southern Division
Jesse Parks – Avondale, Ariz. – Southwestern Division
Hernandez Ruffin – Bellevue, Wash. – Northwestern Division