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Oberly wins BFL contest on Potomac River

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Boater Robert C. Oberly of Ephrata, Pa., used an 18-pound, 15-ounce catch to win the April 13 BFL Northeast Division event on the Potomac River. For his efforts, Oberly netted nearly $4,700 in winnings.
Talomie snares co-angler title during Northeast Division showdown
April 13, 2013 • MLF • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

MARBURY, Md. – Robert Oberly of Ephrata, Pa., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 18 pounds, 15 ounces Saturday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Northeast Division event on the Potomac River. For his victory, Oberly earned $4,695.

“I caught all of my fish in less than 4 feet of water,” said Oberly. “The biggest ones came out of about a foot of water. I was targeting areas with sparse grass and a hard bottom. After catching and culling through three limits, I felt pretty comfortable that I had enough to do well. I had my first limit in 45 minutes and my partner was catching a lot of fish too. It was a matter of who was catching the right bites.

“We got them all on Chatterbaits, soft plastic craws and Senkos,” Oberly continued. “Darker colors like black seemed to work the best. I really didn’t have a very good practice, but my fishing partner was catching good ones. Whether I caught them or not, I could see what kind of quality fish were in the area. That’s what really dialed me in and told me to stick with it.”

Rounding out the top 10 boaters:

2nd: Chris Johnston, Peterborough, Ontario, five bass, 18-0, $2,348

3rd: Brett Page, King George, Va., five bass, 17-7, $1,565

4th: Jerrod Lloyd, Millville, N.J., five bass, 17-5, $1,096

5th: Brian Bylotas, Scott Township, Pa., five bass, 17-0, $939

6th: Mike Hicks, Goochland, Va., five bass, 16-15, $861

7th: Michael McCoy, Mentor On The Lake, Ohio, five bass, 16-14, $783

8th: Mark Checki, Gouldsboro, Pa., five bass, 16-10, $665

8th: Joe Hunt, Lincoln University, Pa., five bass, 16-10, $665

10th: Bryan Schmitt, Deale, Md., five bass, 16-8, $520

10th: Jeffrey Ware, Rixeyville, Va., five bass, 16-8, $520

For a list of complete boater results, click here.

Talomie nets co-angler crown

Co-angler Marc Talomie of Seneca Falls, N.Y., used a 19-pound, 15-ounce catch to capture the tournament title at the April 13 BFL Northeast Division event on the Potomac River. For his efforts, Talomie walked away with nearly $2,350 in winnings.Marc Talomie of Seneca Falls, N.Y., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 19 pounds, 15 ounces Saturday to win $2,348 in the co-angler division.

Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers:

2nd: Joe Poms, Paramus, N.J., five bass, 19-3, $1,174

3rd: Timothy Legrand, Millersville, Md., five bass, 17-6, $781

4th: Robert Walton, Indian Head, Md., five bass, 16-4, $548

5th: Charles Tuite, Landing, N.J., five bass, 16-1, $470

6th: Gilbert Brown, Fredericksburg, Va., five bass, 16-0, $430

7th: Bruce Davies, Kinnelon, N.J., five bass, 15-14, $391

8th: Bob Tickell, Germantown, Md., five bass, 15-13, $352

9th: Dan Schoneveld, Hopatcong, N.J., five bass, 15-5, $313

10th: Corbin Gotwalt, Hanover, Pa., four bass, 15-2, $274

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

The next BFL Northeast Division tournament is scheduled for June 1 on the Potomac River in Marbury, Md. After the last divisional tournament is complete, the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 3-5 Regional Championship on Chesapeake Bay in North East, Md. 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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