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Melton wins BFL Hoosier Division event on Lake Monroe
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Melton wins BFL Hoosier Division event on Lake Monroe

Cummins wins co-angler title
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Boater John Melton of Corydon, Ind., took first place in the April 14 Walmart BFL Hoosier Division event on Lake Monroe with a weight of 19 pounds, 1ounce. Melton took home over $5,600 in winnings. Angler: John Melton.
April 14, 2012 • MLF • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – John Melton of Corydon, Ind., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 19 pounds, 1 ounce Saturday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Hoosier Division event on Lake Monroe. For his victory, Melton earned $5,632.

“The fish were biting on everything,” said Melton. “I caught my bigger fish in the morning, and the bite seemed to be a little better then, but they were definitely biting all day long. I was fishing out on the main lake. I was sitting in 15 to 20 feet of water, but the fish were up shallow, only about 1 to 5 feet deep. I caught around 20 fish throughout the day, with at least 14 keepers.

“It was raining and pretty cloudy all day,” Melton continued. “Thunderstorms were coming in and out, and there was a pretty good wind, too. I had most of my success with soft plastics. I was throwing green pumpkin- and watermelon-colored tubes and beavers. I also caught five to six keepers on spinnerbaits and crankbaits, too. I had been able to get a few good days of practice in before the tournament, so that allowed me to target the areas that I knew had fish.”

Rounding out the top 10 pros:

2nd: Frank McClain, Scottsburg, Ind., five bass, 18-14, $1,816

3rd: Dick Shaffer, Rockford, Ohio, five bass, 18-12, $1,210

4th: Mike Helton, Jeffersonville, Ind., five bass, 17-10, $847

5th: Tim Maupin, Lawrenceburg, Ind., five bass, 16-14, $726

6th: Charlie Crisp Jr., Catlettsburg, Ky., five bass, 15-10, $666

7th: Gary Colasessano, Indianapolis, Ind., five bass, 14-11, $605

8th: Robert Gilliland Sr., Bloomington, Ind., five bass, 13-15, $545

9th: George Brown, Camby, Ind., five bass, 13-10, $484

10th: Ryan Deal, Haubstadt, Ind., five bass, 12-7, $424

Complete results can be found here.

Cummins brings home co-angler title

Nick Cummins of Greendale, Ind., took first place in the Co-angler division at the April 14 Walmart BFL Division event on Lake Monroe with 18 pounds, 6 ounces. For his efforts he was awarded nearly $2,000 in prize money. Nick Cummins of Greendale, Ind., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 18 pounds, 6 ounces Saturday to win $1,816 in the co-angler division.

Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers:

2nd: Jim Mullanix, Anderson, Ind., four bass, 13-0, $908

3rd: Roger Crain, Louisville, Ky., three bass, 12-3, $606

4th: Rod Yoder, West Lafayette, Ind., four bass, 12-2, $424

5th: Rob Earickson, Camby, Ind., five bass, 11-12, $363

6th: Jim Krider, North Vernon, Ind., three bass, 11-11, $333

7th: Kenneth McBroom, Indianapolis, Ind., two bass, 9-4, $303

8th: Russ Reno, Freedom, Ind., two bass, 8-15, $272

9th: Dan Basham, Louisville, Ky., two bass, 8-13, $227

9th: Bill Hendricks, Indianapolis, Ind., three bass, 8-13, $227

Complete co-angler results can be found here.

The next BFL Hoosier Division tournament is scheduled for June 2 on Lake Patoka in Jasper, Ind. After the fifth Hoosier Division tournament is complete, the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 4-6 Regional Championship on Lake Cherokee in Morristown, Tenn. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy Silverado, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.

The BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 120 tournaments throughout the season, five in each division. The top 40 boaters and co-anglers from each division qualify for a regional tournament and compete to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy. The 2012 BFL All-American is being held May 17 – 19 on the Potomac River in National Harbor, Md. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the EverStart Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.

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