GREERS FERRY, Ark. – Boater Clinton Mayfield of Hot Springs, Ark., won the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Arkie Division tournament on Greers Ferry Lake Saturday with a five-bass catch weighing 11 pounds, 11 ounces. The victory earned Mayfield $3,983 plus a $702 Ranger contingency bonus and placed him one step closer to qualifying for Wright Patman Lake Regional Championship in Texarkana, Texas, Oct. 25-27, where he could ultimately win a new 519VX Ranger boat and a Chevy truck.
Mayfield caught his bass by throwing a jighead worm on upper lake points.
Rounding out the top five boaters are Greg Dyer of Benton, Ark. (three bass, 11-2, $2,343); Mike Brower Jr. of Texarkana, Texas (five bass, 11-0, $1,562); Tim Gartman of Conway, Ark. (five bass, 10-10, $1,093) and Kevin Brown of Malvern, Ark. (five bass, 10-01, $937).
Greg Dyer took home the Boater Division Snickers Big Bass award, earning $690 for a 4-pound, 11-ounce bass.
Todd Fite of Poyen, Ark., earned $2,309 as the co-angler winner Saturday thanks to five bass weighing 9 pounds, 11 ounces that he caught while fishing a jighead worm on a Carolina rig.
Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Ray Cates of Texarkana, Ark. (five bass, 9-3, $1,155); Billy Holt Jr. of Sherwood, Ark. (five bass, 9-0, $770); Rusty Rogers of Arkadelphia, Ark. (five bass, 8-2, $539) and Jimmy Burrow of Malvern, Ark. (five bass, 7-12, $462).
Jeff Foster of Benton, Ark., earned $340 as the co-angler Big Bass winner after catching a 3-pound, 14-ounce bass.
The Arkie Division’s fourth event will be held June 9 on Lake Dardanelle in Russellville, Ark., and the final event of the regular season will be a two-day Super Tournament held Oct. 6-7 on Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, Ark.
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 Wright Patman Lake 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 241 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 Walmart.com.
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