KUTTAWA, Ky. – Marcus Sykora of Osage Beach, Mo., won the Walmart Bass Fishing League (BFL) Regional on Lake Barkley with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 48 pounds, 4 ounces. For his victory, Sykora won a Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard plus a Chevy 1500 Silverado and entry into the BFL All-American presented by Chevy. This regional tournament featured the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers from each of the Buckeye, Great Lakes, Michigan and Ozark divisions.
The top six boaters that qualified for the BFL All-American:
1st: Marcus Sykora, Osage Beach, Mo., 15 bass, 48-4, Ranger Z518 with 200-horsepower outboard + Chevy 1500 Silverado
2nd: Mike Brueggen, La Crosse, Wis., 15 bass, 42-10, $1,500
3rd: Jeff Ritter, Prairie Du Chien, Wis., 15 bass, 42-4, $1,100
4th: Jeremy Lawyer, Sarcoxie, Mo., 12 bass, 41-15, $1,000
5th: Tim Wilson, Gas City, Ind., 15 bass, 40-5, $900
6th: Brian Fitzpatrick, La Crosse, Wis., 14 bass, 39-10, $800
Rounding out the top 10 pros:
7th: Mark Flick, Plainwell, Mich., 14 bass, 39-8, $700
8th: Mark Dove, North Vernon, Ind., 15 bass, 39-1, $650
9th: Chris Aswegan, Lisbon, Iowa, 15 bass, 38-7, $600
10th: David Young, Mayfield, Ky., 12 bass, 36-10, $550
Complete results can be found here.
Burzynski takes co-angler crown
Christian Burzynski of Milwaukee, Wis., won the Co-angler Division with a three-day total of 12 bass totaling 27 pounds, 5 ounces. For his efforts, Burzynski took home a Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard along with a berth in the BFL All-American.
The top six co-anglers that qualified for the BFL All-American:
1st: Christian Burzynski, Milwaukee, Wis., 12 bass, 27-5, Ranger Z518 with 200-horsepower outboard
2nd: Jason Howland, Albert Lea, Minn., 10 bass, 26-2, $750
3rd: Dewey Larson, Fayetteville, Ark., 10 bass, 21-15, $550
4th: Marvin Anderson, Russell Springs, Ky., nine bass, 21-0, $500
5th: Craig Hulsey, Park Hills, Mo., six bass, 20-8, $450
6th: David Goodyear, Beloit, Wis., eight bass, 19-12, $400
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers:
7th: Jason Swanson, Waterloo, Iowa, seven bass, 19-6, $350
8th: Mike Jones, Okeana, Ohio, nine bass, 19-1, $325
9th: Dewayne Eck, Butler, Ind., nine bass, 18-6, $300
10th: James Kelley, Maryland Heights, Mo., six bass, 16-7, $275
Complete co-angler results can be found here.
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. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the EverStart Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.
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