Reitz wins Walmart BFL event on Lake Winneconne - Major League Fishing

Reitz wins Walmart BFL event on Lake Winneconne

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Boater Clayton Reitz of Morton, Ill., won the June 20 BFL Great Lakes Division tournament on Lake Winneconne to earn $4,472. Angler: Clayton Reitz.
McCartney co-angler winner
June 20, 2009 • MLF • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

WINNECONNE, Wis. – Clayton Reitz of Morton, Ill., won the Walmart Bass Fishing League Great Lakes Division tournament on Lake Winneconne Saturday with a five-bass catch weighing 15 pounds, 9 ounces. The victory earned Reitz $4,472 and placed him one step closer to qualifying for the Fort Madison Regional Championship in Fort Madison, Iowa, Oct. 1-3, where he could ultimately win a new Ranger boat and a Chevy truck.

Reitz said he caught his fish by flipping a 4-inch brown tube in the West Poygan area.

Rounding out the top five boaters are Brady Farrell of Fort Atkinson, Wis. (five bass, 13-8, $1,864); Bill Frisk of Holmen, Wis. (five bass, 13-8, $1,864); Bradley Ksionek of Wausau, Wis. (five bass, 12-9, $1,043); and Paul Trudeau of Huntley, Ill. (five bass, 12-5, $894).

Frisk won the Boater Division Big Bass award, earning $650 for a 4-pound, 4-ounce bass.

Mark McCartney of Rochelle, Ill., earned $2,157 as the co-angler winner Saturday thanks to five bass Mark McCartney of Rochelle, Ill., earned $2,157 as the co-angler winner of the June 20 BFL Great Lakes Division event.weighing 13 pounds, 2 ounces.

Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Ronald Syverson of La Crosse, Wis. (five bass, 11-4, $1,079); Dave Robel of Muscoda, Wis. (five bass, 10-9, $717); Nick Kasten of Lake Geneva, Wis. (five bass, 9-13, $503); and Arden Damberg of Wheatland, Iowa. (five bass, 9-11, $431).

Ken Haslam of Mukwonago, Wis., earned $305 as the co-angler Big Bass winner after catching a 3-pound, 9-ounce bass.

The next Great Lakes Division event will be held on the Mississippi River in Prairie Du Chien, Wis., July 18.

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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