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Wagner whacks ’em on Guntersville

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Adam Wagner of Cookeville, Tenn., won the Feb. 23 Music City Division event on Lake Guntersville with a limit of bass worth 29 pounds, 1 ounce. Wagner took home over $3,300 in tournament winnings. Angler: Adam Wagner.
Sparks lands co-angler crown
February 23, 2013 • MLF • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – Adam Wagner of Cookeville, Tenn., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 29 pounds, 1 ounce Saturday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Music City Division event on Lake Guntersville. For his victory, Wagner earned $3,386.

“The weather was cloudy and cold,” said Wagner. “My morning started off well and I caught two keepers pretty fast on my first spot. One fish was a 3-pounder and the other was a 5-pounder. The area that I chose to fish was a small pocket just off the main river channel. There were two points going into that pocket where those fish were staging, and that’s where I focused my efforts.

“After catching those two on a jig, I picked up an Alabama rig and finished off my limit,” Wagner continued. “I had 17 pounds after I got done with that spot, but I fished the rest of the day without much success. I caught a few fish here and there on a Rat-L-Trap, but I was not upgrading my weight.

“With only a little time left in the day I pulled up to a rip rap bank and picked up my flipping stick with another jig tied on,” Wagner went on to say. “After about 10 flips I had a 7-13 and the 7-9 in the boat. These fish were surprisingly shallow in about a foot of water and right on the bank. When I set the hook, I could immediately see the fish fighting. It was the best day I have ever had on Guntersville.”

Wagner was using an assortment of baits from the Zorro Bait Company. He used a 3/8-ounce Booza Bug Jig to catch his early-morning fish and stepped it up to a 1/2-ounce Booza Brush Bug Jig later in the afternoon. Both had skirts colored in a “Missouri Craw” pattern, which consists of a combination of dark green and brown strands, with a few chartreuse ones thrown in for brightness.

Rounding out the top 10 pros:

2nd: Johnny Patterson, Grant, Ala., five bass, 26-15, $1,693

3rd: Andrew Crabtree, Cane Ridge, Tenn., five bass, 26-12, $1,129

4th: Tim Smiley, White Pine, Tenn., five bass, 24-8, $790 + Evinrude Bonus: $300

5th: Tim Hurst, Oxford, Ala., five bass, 23-11, $677

6th: D. Murphy, Madison, Ala., five bass, 22-4, $621

7th: Mark McCaig, Oxford, Ala., five bass, 21-7, $564

8th: Scott Brummett, Brentwood, Tenn., five bass, 21-3, $479

8th: Robert Reagan, Byrdstown, Tenn., five bass, 21-3, $479

10th: Curtis Merriman II, Cullman, Ala., five bass, 20-13, $395

Complete results can be found here.

Sparks wins co-angler title

Co-angler Jimmy Sparks of Tuscumbia, Ala., won the Feb. 23 Music City Division event on Lake Guntersville with a total weight of 27 pounds, 9 ounces. For his efforts, Sparks walked away with nearly $1,700. Jimmy Sparks of Tuscumbia, Ala., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 27 pounds, 9 ounces Saturday to win $1,693 in the co-angler division.

Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers:

2nd: Brandon Maynard, Cookeville, Tenn., five bass, 23-14, $846

3rd: Lynn Spears, Athens, Tenn., five bass, 20-1, $564

4th: Elliot Wenskunas, Smyrna, Tenn., two bass, 12-10, $395

5th: Bobby Whitson, Brentwood, Tenn., four bass, 11-1, $339

6th: Damien Willis, Jacksonville, Ala., three bass, 10-12, $310

7th: Lee Graves, Southside, Ala., three bass, 10-2, $282

8th: Robert Bobbitt, Mount Juliet, Tenn., three bass, 9-15, $254

9th: Tony Hines, New Market, Ala., three bass, 9-11, $226

10th: Jeff Johnston, Nashville, Tenn., two bass, 8-15, $198

Complete co-angler results can be found here.

The next BFL Music City Division tournament is scheduled for March 9 on Percy Priest in Smyrna, Tenn. After the last 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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