EUFAULA, Ala. – Boater Chad Hall of Dora, Ala., won the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Dixie Division tournament on Lake Eufaula Saturday with a five-bass catch weighing 20 pounds, 3 ounces. The victory earned Hall $5,100 and placed him one step closer to qualifying for the Lake Seminole Regional Championship in Bainbridge, Ga., Oct. 25-27, where he could ultimately win a new 519VX Ranger boat and a Chevy truck.
Hall was flipping jigs into shallow grass and wood in the lower lake area.
Rounding out the top five boaters are Jamie Horton of Centerville, Ala. (five bass, 19-3, $3,000); Greg Vinson of Wetumpka, Ala. (five bass, 17-15, $2,000); Scott Canterbury of Odenville, Ala., (five bass, 16-10, $1,400) and Patrick Dobbins of Opelika, Ala., and Simon Morrow of Alexander City, Ala., tied for fifth place (five bass, 16-8, $1,150).
Horton also took home the Boater Division Snickers Big Bass award, earning him an additional $1,000 for a 7-pound, 7-ounce bass.
Timmy Walker of Andalusia, Ala., earned $500 for being the highest-placing Ranger Cup contingency participant.
Anthony Goggins of Sylacauga, Ala., earned $3,000 as the co-angler winner Saturday thanks to five bass weighing 17 pounds, 5 ounces.
Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Jeff Ford of Trion, Ga. (five bass, 14-8, $1,500); Randy Brooks of Dozier, Ala. (five bass, 14-4, $850); Dave King of Clewiston, Fla. (five bass, 14-4, $850) and Chad Bailey of Warrior, Ala. (five bass, 13-13, $600).
Roger Brown of Tallassee, Ala., earned $500 as the co-angler Big Bass winner after catching a 6-pound, 7-ounce bass.
The Dixie Division’s next event will be March 31 on Lay Lake in Calera, Ala., followed by a tournament June 9 on West Point Lake in Lanett, Ala. The final event of the regular season will be a two-day Super Tournament held Aug. 25-26 on Logan Martin Lake in Pell City, Ala.
Following the end of regular-season competition, the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on year-end points standings in the division will advance to the no-entry-fee Lake Seminole Regional Championship where they will compete against top qualifiers from three other BFL divisions. At the Regional Championship boaters will fish for a new Ranger boat and Chevy truck and co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger boat. The top six boaters and top six co-anglers at the Regional Championship will also advance to the 2008 All-American presented by Chevy. With a total purse of $1 million, a potential $140,000 cash prize going to the winning boater and as much as $70,000 going to the winning co-angler, the All-American is one of the most prestigious and lucrative events in bass fishing. The winning boater and winning co-angler at the All-American also advance to the no-entry-fee $2 million 2008 Forrest Wood Cup. This event, featuring a top award of $1 million, is the sport’s biggest championship.
The $8.8 million Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League features 28 divisions nationwide. In BFL competition, boaters and co-anglers are randomly paired. Boaters supply the boat and fish from the front deck against other boaters while co-anglers compete 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, Ranger Owners Tournament Championship Series, 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 will offer combined purses of nearly $43 million through 238 events in 2007.
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.
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