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Allen wins BFL event on Lake Patoka

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Boater Ron Allen of Huntingburg, Ind., won the July 25 BFL Hoosier Division tournament on Lake Patoka to earn $3,205.
Leistner top co-angler
July 25, 2009 • MLF • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

JASPER, Ind. – Boater Ron Allen of Huntingburg, Ind., won the Walmart Bass Fishing League Hoosier Division tournament on Lake Patoka Saturday with a five-bass catch weighing 21 pounds, 15 ounces. The victory earned Allen $3,205 and placed him one step closer to qualifying for the Kentucky Lake Regional Championship in Gilbertsville, Ky., Oct. 15-17, where he could ultimately win a new Ranger boat and a Chevy truck.

“I felt it would take at least 20 pounds to win this tournament from what I had seen guys catching earlier in the week,” said Allen. “We got hit by a bad storm heading in to the weigh-in. You couldn’t even see the end of the boat because of the rain.”

Allen had caught 15 pounds of his limit by 7:30 a.m., finishing out his winning weight by 1:30 p.m., before the storm rolled in. He had been fishing mid-lake with a Texas rigged 10-inch worm with a 1/2-ounce sinker on a 15-pound Seaguar fluorocarbon line.

Rounding out the top five boaters are Tom Forrester of Bloomington, Ind. (five bass, 17-9, $1,603); Mark Dove of North Vernon, Ind. (five bass, 15-8, $1,068); Frank McClain of Scottsburg, Ind. (four bass, 14-10, $748); and Travis Edgar of North Webster, Ind. (four bass, 14-8, $641).

Ron Allen also took home the Boater Division Big Bass award, earning $385 for a 6-pound, 5-ounce bass he caught.

Michael Leistner of Camby, Ind., earned $1,603 as the co-angler winner of the July 25 BFL Hoosier Division event.Michael Leistner of Camby, Ind., earned $1,603 as the co-angler winner Saturday thanks to four bass weighing 11 pounds, 4 ounces that he caught on a Zoom Super Hog with 1/2-ounce sinker.

Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Eric Herbert of Madison, Ind. (three bass, 8-4, $801); Richard Kirkland of Indianapolis, Ind. (three bass, 7-15, $533); Erich Hartman of Lebanon, Ind. (three bass, 6-10, $374); and Larry Kitchel of Monticello, Ind. (two bass, 6-2, $321).

Kevin Keltner of Pekin, Ind., earned $192 as the co-angler Big Bass winner after catching a 5-pound, 3-ounce bass.

The next Hoosier Division event, a two-day Super Tournament, will be held on the Ohio River in Tell City, Ind., Sept. 19-20.

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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