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Gasaway best BFL boater on West Point Lake

Laughman, Perkins share co-angler win
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Boater Rick Gasaway of Marietta, Ga., won the May 16 BFL Bulldog Division tournament on West Point Lake to earn $4,915.
May 16, 2009 • MLF • Archives

LANETT, Ala. – Rick Gasaway of Marietta, Ga., won the Walmart Bass Fishing League Bulldog Division tournament on West Point Lake Saturday with a five-bass limit weighing 14 pounds even. The victory earned Gasaway $4,915 and placed him one step closer to qualifying for the Lake Seminole Regional Championship in Bainbridge, Ga., Oct. 22-24, where he could ultimately win a new Ranger boat and a Chevy truck.

Gasaway said he caught the majority of his bass by a black and blue jig in 10-12 feet of water off banks in Potato Creek.

Rounding out the top five boaters are Rob Jordan of Tifton, Ga. (five bass, 13-0, $2,458); Robert Spates of Salem, Ala. (two bass, 12-15, $1,640); William Hamrick of Eatonton, Ga. (five bass, 12-9, $1,065); and David Millsaps of Ranger, Ga. (five bass, 12-9, $1,065).

John Crosby Jr. of Macon, Ga., took home the Boater Division Big Bass award, earning $750 for a 7-pound, 2-ounce bass he caught on a Rebel Pop-R.

Scott Laughman of Acworth, Ga., and Ray Perkins of Blakely, Ga., tied for first place and each earned $1,852 as the co-angler winners of the May 16 BFL Bulldog Division event.Scott Laughman of Acworth, Ga., and Ray Perkins of Blakely, Ga., tied for first place and each earned $1,852 as the co-angler winners Saturday thanks to four bass for Laughman and two bass for Perkins weighing 9 pounds, 2 ounces.

Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Isaac Clemmons of Douglas, Ga. (three bass, 9-0, $823); Jason Matthews of Forsythe, Ga. (five bass, 8-14, $576); and Gerald Bozeman of Sylvester, Ga. (three bass, 8-12, $494).

Perkins earned $372 as the co-angler Big Bass winner with a 7-pound, 12-ounce bass he caught on a Zoom Ultra-Vibe Speed Worm rigged on a shaky-head jig head.

The next Bulldog Division event will be held on Lake Eufaula in Eufaula, Ala., June 20.

The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers in each of the BFL’s 28 divisions at the end of the season advance to a no-entry-fee Regional Championship where boaters fish for a new Ranger boat and a Chevy truck and co-anglers fish for a new Ranger boat. Seven regional championships will each send six boaters and six co-anglers to the no-entry-fee Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy, which features a $1 million purse and a top award of $140,000 in the Boater Division and $70,000 in the Co-angler Division. Anglers who compete in all five regular-season events within a division but do not advance to a Regional Championship are eligible to compete in the Chevy Wild Card, which will also send six boaters and six co-anglers to the All-American for a total of 48 boaters and 48 co-anglers advancing through BFL competition.

The winning boater and winning co-angler at the All-American will advance to the no-entry-fee 2010 Forrest Wood Cup in Atlanta in 2010. This event, featuring a top award of $1 million, is the most lucrative tournament in all of competitive bass fishing. In all, the BFL offers weekend anglers the opportunity to qualify for three no-entry-fee championships with total cash awards exceeding $3.5 million. Plus, the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers from each BFL division may move up to the Stren Series for 2010 while All-American champions have the option to advance directly to the Walmart FLW Tour.

In BFL competition, boaters supply the boat and compete from the front deck against other boaters. Co-anglers compete from the back deck against other co-anglers.

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 FLW Tour – bass fishing’s most lucrative tournament circuit.

Total awards are based on a full field of 200 boats in every tournament.

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