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Walmart BFL tournament preview at a glance

Bulldog, Cowboy, Hoosier, Michigan and South Carolina division Super Tournaments set for Sept. 14-15
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EverStart Texas anglers soak up some welcome sun before final takeoff on Sam Rayburn Reservoir. Photo by Patrick Baker.
September 3, 2013 • MLF • Archives

The 2013 Walmart BFL season continues with five Super Tournaments on Saturday, Sept. 14th and Sunday, Sept. 15th. The Bulldog Division is headed to West Point Lake, the Cowboy Division is set to take on Sam Rayburn, the Hoosier Division will compete on the Ohio River at Tanner’s Creek, the Michigan Division will meet on the Detroit River and the South Carolina Division will fish Lake Hartwell. Up to 400 boaters and co-anglers will be competing in each event on the first day, and the top 20 percent of the field on the second day will be fishing for top awards of up to $9,000 and $4,500 respectively.

When: Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 14-15

Where: Bulldog Division

West Point Lake

Southern Harbor Marina

1133 County Road 294

Lannett, Ala.

To sign up and fish this event, click here.

Notes: Bass fishing on West Point Lake is expected to be tough. Anglers will likely target shoreline cover like docks, grass and rocks, as well as fishing off-shore. Off-shore the competitors will use shaky head rigs, deep diving crankbaits, swimbaits and topwater baits to tempt fish. Shallow fish will likely be caught on topwater baits, Texas rigs and jigs. The winning weight should be about 23 pounds.

Where: Cowboy Division

Sam Rayburn Reservoir

The Umphrey Family Pavilion

5438 Rural Route 255 West

Sam Rayburn, Texas

To sign up and fish this event, click here.

Notes: Bass fishing on the Sam Rayburn Reservoir should be good. The lake will still be in a summer pattern during the tournament and fish will be caught shallow in the mornings, as well as offshore and around hydrilla. Topwater baits will be popular in the mornings, while Carolina rigs, football-head jigs and crankbaits will all produce offshore. The fish in the hydrilla will likely be targeted with frogs and punching baits. The winner will probably bring in around 38 pounds of bass in this two-day event.

Where: Hoosier Division

Ohio River-Tanner’s Creek

Lawrenceburg City Ramp

Tanners Creek Drive off of Highway 50

Lawrenceburg, Ind.

To sign up and fish this event, click here.

Notes: Bass fishing on the Ohio River is expected to be tough. Fish will be scattered between shallow backwater cover and main-channel current breaks like bridges, rocks and shoals. Anglers will probably use finesse rigs, soft plastics, jigs, crankbaits and topwater baits to entice the Ohio River bass. The winning weight is expected to be around 18 pounds.

Where: Michigan Division

Detroit River

Elizabeth Park Marina

200 Grosse Ile Parkway

Trenton, Mich.

To sign up and fish this event, click here.

Notes: Bass fishing on the Detroit River is expected to be good. Because Lake St. Clair hasn’t been fishing as well as usual this year, many anglers will run into Lake Erie to target the big smallmouth population there. Anglers will target the grass beds and current in Lake St. Clair and the Detroit River. In Lake Erie anglers are expected to look for gravel beds and deep rock piles. Popular baits will be drop-shot rigs, jerkbaits, tubes, swimbaits and crankbaits. Forty pounds is estimated to be the winning weight in tis two-day tournament.

Where: South Carolina Division

Lake Hartwell

Tugaloo State Park

1763 Tugaloo State Park Road

Lavonia, Ga.

To sign up and fish this event, click here.

Notes: Bass fishing on Lake Hartwell is reported as tough. The water level is two feet above full pool, and it has scattered shallow largemouth into the suddenly widely available shoreline cover. Despite the high water, spotted bass are also still available to be caught in typical summer spots – on deep brush, points and rocks. Fishermen are expected to use worms, spinnerbaits and jigs to target the shallower fish while topwater baits, shaky heads and drop-shot rigs will take precedence in deeper water. The winning weight is expected to be around 28 pounds.

Walmart BFL overview

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 are competing 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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