Marquez wins Colorado River Division tournament - Major League Fishing

Marquez wins Colorado River Division tournament

April 13, 2002 • MLF • Archives

PEORIA, Ariz. – Larry Marquez of Lake Havasu, Ariz., topped 66 Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League competitors Saturday on Lake Pleasant with five bass weighing 19 pounds, 7 ounces. The catch earned him $2,402 and 200 points in the Boater Division.

Marquez topped second-place boater Mike Esmay of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., by 8 pounds, 4 ounces. Esmay finished the one-day tournament with a five-bass catch weighing 11 pounds, 3 ounces worth $1,201.

Jack Trahan of Kingman, Ariz. (five bass, 10 pounds, 15 ounces, $721); Michael Lionetti of Henderson, Nev. (five bass, 10 pounds, 6 ounces, $577); Delaney Dwyer of Phoenix, Ariz., (five bass, 9 pounds, 10 ounces, $480) and Craig McCoy of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., (five bass, 9 pounds, 10 ounces $480) rounded out the top five boaters. Trahan received a $500 bonus from Ranger Boats as the highest finishing participant in the Ranger Cup incentive program.

Ray Gilbreath of Scottsdale, Ariz., claimed first place and $1,183 in the 65-competitor Co-angler Division with five bass weighing 9 pounds, 15 ounces. He surpassed second-place co-angler Gary Collins of Paradise, Calif., by 13 ounces. Collins finished with a five-bass catch weighing 9 pounds, 2 ounces worth $591.

Keith Ludwick of Las Vegas, Nev. (five bass, 8 pounds, 8 ounces, $355); Robert Lorentz of Phoenix, Ariz. (five bass, 8 pounds, 6 ounces, $284); and James Gross of Kingman, Ariz., (five bass, 8 pounds, 5 ounces, $260) rounded out the top five co-anglers.

Overall, 71 five-bass limits were caught during the tournament.

The Wal-Mart BFL will visit Lake Mohave May 4 for the fourth of five Colorado River Division events. The boater with the most points after the division’s season finale, a two-day Super Tournament Sept. 14-15 on Lake Mead, will be declared the Yamaha “Be the Best” Points Leader and awarded $1,000. The co-angler amassing the most points by the end of the season will receive $500.

The top 30 Colorado River Division boaters and co-anglers will advance to regional competition Nov. 12-16 on Lake Havasu near Lake Havasu, Ariz., where they will go up against top competitors from the Western division for a shot at qualifying for the Wal-Mart BFL All-American – one of the most lucrative post-season tournaments in competitive angling.

2002 BFL awards could reach $7 million based on full fields.