BAINBRIDGE, Ga. – Boater Allan Cagle of Deltona, Fla., earned a fully rigged Ranger 198VX and a new Chevy truck Saturday as the winner of the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on the Lake Seminole in Bainbridge, Ga. The top 40 boaters and the top 40 co-anglers from the Bulldog, Dixie, Everglades and Savannah River divisions competed in the three-day event.
Cagle’s winning three-day catch of 10 bass weighed 35 pounds, 9 ounces. In addition to the new truck and boat, Cagle earned a ticket to the 2008 $1 million Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League All-American presented by Chevy on the Connecticut River in Hartford, Conn., May 29-31. With a top boater award of $140,000 and a top co-angler award of $70,000, the All-American is one of the most prestigious tournaments in bass fishing. The winning boater and co-angler at the All-American will also advance to the $2 million 2008 Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Murray in Columbia, S.C., Aug. 14-17, where pros will fish for a top award of $1 million – the sport’s biggest payday.
Cagle caught his winning bass by flipping a black and blue soft-plastic crawdad near the Spring Creek area.
The top six boaters and the top six co-anglers at the regional championship earned a spot to compete in the All-American. Rounding out the top six boaters were Kim Carver of Milledgeville, Ga. (14 bass, 29-4, $4,000); Jesse Millsaps of Tate, Ga. (13 bass, 28-14, $2,000); Eddie Burgess of Greenwood, S.C. (eight bass, 27-12, $1,600); Tim Malcolm of Americus, Ga. (10 bass, 27-8, $1,200); and Steven Fikes of Northport, Ala. (nine bass, 26-14, $1,000).
Christopher Brummitt of College Park, Ga., earned a new Ranger boat as the co-angler winner, thanks to a three-day total of eight bass weighing 21 pounds, 12 ounces that he caught dragging a green pumpkin Zoom Mag II worm near grass edges.
Rounding out the top six co-anglers were Billy Cain of Jackson, Ga. (six bass, 19-13, $2,000); Arthur Watson of Iva, S.C. (eight bass, 19-4, $1,000); Gerald Bunn of Mansfield, Ga. (five bass, 18-11, $800); Darren Jeter of Skyland, N.C. (10 bass, 15-15, $600); and Robert Volinic of Peachtree City, Ga. (seven bass, 15-12, $500).
As the nation’s leading provider of affordable, close-to-home weekend tournaments, the BFL is widely credited with opening competitive bass fishing to the masses. It also serves as a steppingstone for anglers who wish to advance to the Stren Series and ultimately the Wal-Mart FLW Series and Wal-Mart FLW Tour – bass fishing’s most lucrative tournament circuits.
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 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.
For more information about FLW Outdoors and its tournament programs, call (270) 252-1000.