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Moran best boater at BFL Regional on Wheeler Lake

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Boater Russ Moran of Manchester, Tenn., earned a fully rigged Ranger 198VX and a new Chevy truck as the winner of the Oct. 9-11 BFL Regional on Wheeler Lake in Decatur, Ala. Angler: Russ Moran.
October 11, 2008 • MLF • Archives

DECATUR, Ala. – Boater Russ Moran of Manchester, Tenn., earned a fully rigged Ranger 198VX and a new Chevy truck Saturday as the winner of the Walmart Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on Wheeler Lake in Decatur, Ala. The top 40 boaters and the top 40 co-anglers from the Dixie, Mississippi, Mountain and Music City divisions competed in the three-day event.

Moran’s winning three-day catch of 15 bass weighed 36 pounds, 5 ounces. In addition to the new truck and boat, Moran earned a ticket to the 2009 $1 million Walmart Bass Fishing League All-American presented by Chevy. 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 2009 Forrest Wood Cup, where pros will fish for a top award of $1 million – the sport’s biggest payday.

Moran said he caught his winning bass on a jig and crankbait around wood in shallow water on the Elk River.

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 Adam Wagner of Cookeville, Tenn. (15 bass, 32-1, $4,000); Chris Stites of Smyrna, Tenn. (15 bass, 31-13, $2,000); Jack Poindexter of Livingston, Tenn. (14 bass, 30-15, $1,600); Andrew Crabtree of Antioch, Tenn. (13 bass, 30-3, $1,200); and Trent Peterson of Murfreesboro, Tenn. (15 bass, 30-3, $1,000).

Louie Parkman Jr. of Brandon, Miss., earned a new Ranger boat as the co-angler winner, thanks to a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 29 pounds, 2 ounces that he caught on a frog in lily pads.

Rounding out the top six co-anglers were Dennis Gaddy of Hogansville, Ga. (15 bass, 24-13, $2,000); Andy Houston of Marietta, Miss. (15 bass, 24-1, $1,000); Roger Brown of Tallassee, Ala. (12 bass, 19-5, $800); Brian Ross of Berea, Ky. (11 bass, 19-3, $600); and Lester Bullens of Berea, Ky. (14 bass, 19-2, $500).

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