GALLATIN, Tenn. – Boater Josh Tramel of Smithville, Tenn., won the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Music City Division tournament on Old Hickory Lake Saturday with a five-bass catch weighing 14 pounds, 9 ounces. The victory earned Tramel $3,233 and placed him one step closer to qualifying for the Fort-Loudoun Tellico lakes Regional Championship in Lenoir City, Tenn., Oct. 18-20, where he could ultimately win a new 519VX Ranger boat and a Chevy truck.
Tramel caught his bass on a floating worm in pockets near Spring Creek.
Rounding out the top five boaters are Clarence Reed of Lafayette, Tenn. (five bass, 14-4, $1,902); David Gnewikow of Mount Juliet, Tenn. (five bass, 13-1, $1,267); Brent Sain of Manchester, Tenn. (five bass, 11-3., $888); and Jarrod Simon of Hendersonville, Tenn. (five bass, 11-1, $761).
Kenny Manning of Bethpage, Tenn., took home the Boater Division Snickers Big Bass award, earning $505 for a 4-pound, 11-ounce bass.
Rick Crouch of Tullahoma, Tenn., earned $1,902 as the co-angler winner Saturday thanks to five bass weighing 15 pounds, 12 ounces that he caught while fishing a black-and-blue jig.
Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Martin Creasy of Westmoreland, Tenn. (five bass, 11-13, $951); Andrew Bacon of Killen, Ala. (five bass, 11-0, $539); Vershun Tolliver of Smyrna, Tenn. (five bass, 11-0, $539); and Mike Twitty of Mount Juliet, Tenn. (five bass, 10-1, $380).
Mark Horton of Ashland City, Tenn., earned $252 as the co-angler Big Bass winner after catching a 6-pound, 6-ounce bass.
The Music City Division’s fourth event will be held June 9 on Kentucky and Barkley lakes in Buchanan, Tenn., and the final event of the regular season will be a two-day Super Tournament held Sept. 15-16 on Old Hickory Lake in Gallatin.
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 Fort Loudoun-Tellico Lakes 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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