GALLATIN, Tenn. – Boater Bryant Ailor of Knoxville, Tenn., earned 300 points and $5,761 Sunday as the winner of the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Music City Division Super Tournament on Old Hickory Lake. He also earned a $1,000 Ranger Cup Bonus for a total of $6,761 in winnings.
Ailor’s two-day winning catch of 10 bass weighed 17 pounds, 10 ounces. He was throwing crankbaits around 10 to 15 feet of water to catch his bass.
Rounding out the top five boaters are John Smith of Rockvale, Tenn. (seven bass, 17 pounds, 5 ounces, $2,880); Robert Carathers of Spring Hill, Tenn. (eight bass, 17 pounds, 4 ounces, $1,921); Eddie Walker of Pinson, Ala. (10 bass, 16 pounds, 13 ounces, $1,344); and Loyd Smith of Westmoreland, Tenn. (10 bass, 16 pounds, 2 ounces, $1,152).
Derek Hicks of Rocky Face, Ga., won the Boater Division Snickers Big Bass award with a 5-pound, 13-ounce bass that earned him $765.
David Womack of Gallatin, Tenn., earned $2,880 as the co-angler winner thanks to four bass weighing 11 pounds, 7 ounces that he caught on a Zoom Baby Brush Hog thrown around wood in 1 to 2 feet of water.
Rounding out the top five co-anglers are John Case of Murfreesboro, Tenn. (five bass, 10 pounds, 5 ounces, $1,440); Brooks Trimble of Adairville, Ky. (seven bass, 10 pounds, 3 ounces, $962); Derrick Harris of Old Hickory, Tenn. (five bass, 9 pounds, 12 ounces, $672); and Kyle Dorsett of Lebanon, Tenn. (four bass, 9 pounds, $576).
Womack also earned $382 as the Co-Angler Division Snickers Big Bass winner with a 4-pound, 3-ounce bass.
The top 40 Music City Division boaters and co-anglers based on year-end points standings will now advance to the no-entry-fee Lake Chickamauga Regional Championship near Hixson, Tenn., Oct. 12-14, where they will compete against Bulldog, Dixie and LBL anglers for a new Ranger boat and a Chevy truck in the Boater Division plus six slots in the no-entry-fee 2007 Wal-Mart BFL All-American presented by Chevy. With a total purse of $1 million and a potential $140,000 cash going to the winning boater and $70,000 going to the winning co-angler, the All-American is one of the most prestigious and lucrative events in bass fishing.
The Boater Division points champion who advances the farthest at the All-American will earn $10,000 as the Yamaha “Be the Best” points champion. The co-angler points champion who advances the farthest will earn $5,000 as the Yamaha “Be the Best” points champion in the Co-angler Division.
For complete Music City Division standings, browse FLWOutdoors.com.
The $8.8 million Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League features 28 divisions nationwide. In BFL competition, boaters and co-anglers are randomly paired, with boaters supplying the boat and fishing against other boaters and co-anglers fishing from the back deck against other co-anglers.
Named after the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, Forrest L. Wood, FLW Outdoors administers the Wal-Mart FLW Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Series, Stren Series, Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League, Wal-Mart Texas Tournament Trail presented by Abu Garcia, Stratos Owners’ Tournament Trail, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye League, Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Series, Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series and Wal-Mart FLW Striper Series. These circuits offer combined purses exceeding $37.9 million through 249 events in 2006.
For more information or to enter a tournament, call (270) 252-1000 or browse FLWOutdoors.com.
Wal-Mart and many of America’s largest and most-respected companies support FLW Outdoors and its tournament trails. Wal-Mart signed on as an FLW Outdoors sponsor in 1997 and today is the world’s leading supporter of tournament fishing. For more information about Wal-Mart, visit Wal-Mart.com.