Ashley, Rice tie for title at Walmart BFL event on Lake Keowee - Major League Fishing

Ashley, Rice tie for title at Walmart BFL event on Lake Keowee

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Boater Darren Ashley of Calhoun Falls, S.C., tied for first place overall at the Walmart BFL Savannah River Division event on Lake Keowee. Ashley recorded a total catch of 15 pounds, 12 ounces to take home more than $6,300 in winnings and Ranger Cup bonuses.
Shirley snares co-angler victory during Savannah River Division event
February 9, 2013 • MLF • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

SENECA, S.C. – Darren Ashley of Calhoun Falls, S.C., and Adam Rice of Anderson, S.C., both weighed a five-bass limit totaling 15 pounds, 12 ounces Saturday to tie for first at the Walmart Bass Fishing League Savannah River Division event on Lake Keowee. Ashley earned $6,347 ($2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus) and Rice earned $4,347.

Boater Adam Rice of Anderson, S.C., tied for first place at the Walmart BFL Savannah River Division event on Lake Keowee. Rice recorded a total catch of 15 pounds, 12 ounces to take home more than $4,300 in winnings. Rounding out the top 10 pros were:

3rd: Furman Thompson, Clayton, Ga., five bass, 15-7, $1,934

4th: Greg Glouse, Liberty, S.C., five bass, 13-8, $1,352

5th: Joe Anders, Easley, S.C., five bass, 13-2, $1,159 + Evinrude Bonus: $300

6th: Randy Childers, Anderson, S.C., five bass, 12-13, $1,063

7th: Russel Clarke, Abbeville, S.C., five bass, 12-5, $966

8th: Jerry Kotal, Elberton, Ga., five bass, 12-2, $869

9th: Doug Workman, Cleveland, Ga., five bass, 11-14, $773

10th: Craig Rozema, Simpsonville, S.C., five bass, 11-13, $676

For a complete list of boater results, click here.

Shirley nets co-angler crown

Co-angler Dustin Shirley of Royston, Ga., won the Walmart BFL Savannah River Division event on Lake Keowee. Shirley landed a total catch of 12 pounds, 11 ounces to net nearly $2,900 in winnings. Dustin Shirley of Royston, Ga., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 12 pounds, 11 ounces Saturday to win $2,898 in the co-angler division.

Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:

2nd: Darren Jeter, Marshall, N.C., five bass, 9-15, $1,449

3rd: Graham Rogers, Cleveland, Ga., five bass, 9-10, $967

4th: Kevin Landreth, Seneca, S.C., five bass, 9-6, $628

4th: David Smith, Anderson, S.C., five bass, 9-6, $628

6th: Michael Smith, Piedmont, S.C., five bass, 9-0, $531

7th: Steve Walls, Alpharetta, Ga., five bass, 8-14, $483

8th: Shane Cantley, Lugoff, S.C., five bass, 8-9, $435

9th: Adam Fincher, Roebuck, S.C., five bass, 8-8, $386

10th: Bryan Cothran, Belton, S.C., five bass, 7-14, $321

10th: Brad Rutherford, Lavonia, Ga., five bass, 7-14, $321

For a complete list of co-angler results, click here.

The next BFL Savannah River Division tournament is scheduled for March 9 on Lake Hartwell in Lavonia, Ga. After the fifth divisional tournament is complete, the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 10-12 Regional Championship on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Ga. 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 2013 BFL All-American is being held June 27-29 on the Nickajack Lake in Chattanooga, Tenn. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the EverStart Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.

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