MCCORMICK, S.C. – Norm Attaway of Clearwater, S.C., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 20 pounds, 12 ounces Saturday to win the second Walmart Bass Fishing League South Carolina Division tournament of 2014 on Clarks Hill Lake. For his victory, Attaway earned $2,846.
“Clarks Hill is my home lake, and I made my game plan based on the fact that there was also a big team tournament going on as well as the BFL,” said Attaway. “I didn’t practice at all and just planned to fish the hidden points and high spots that I knew about.
“I started right outside of the Dorn Fishing Facility and fished almost all the way down to the dam. I probably caught over 30 fish and had two fish on at the same time, three different times.
“I had a good feeling about it, but I know how it goes,” Attaway said about his return to the marina. “This time of year there are a lot of bass keying on the blueback herring spawn, and someone could have gotten lucky and caught 26 pounds off of one spot if they hit it right.”
Attaway said that he caught some fish on a Zoom Super Fluke, but that his five keepers came on a translucent Heddon Zara Spook.
Rounding out the top 10 pros:
2nd: Shane Lineberger, Lincolnton, S.C., five bass, 19-12, $1,423
3rd: Mike Brasington, Sumter, S.C., five bass, 18-2, $949
4th: Wesley Story, Clarks Hill, S.C., five bass, 17-14, $664
5th: Derrick Compton, Columbus, N.C., five bass, 17-10, $569
6th: Lyn Langston, Lynchburg, S.C., five bass, 16-2, $522
7th: Mike Bouknight, Greenwood, S.C., five bass, 15-15, $474 + $300 Evinrude Bonus
8th: Derek Schlotterback, Simpsonville, S.C., five bass, 15-0, $427
9th: Anthony Colacurcio, Mt. Pleasant, S.C., five bass, 14-15, $379
10th: Eddie Herlong Sr., Prosperity, S.C., five bass, 14-14, $332
Complete results can be found here.
Henderson wins co-angler title
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers:
2nd: Adam Fincher, Roebuck, S.C., five bass, 13-0, $711
3rd: Wade Dobbs, Acworth, Ga., five bass, 12-3, $475
4th: Nick Ireland, Columbia, S.C., five bass, 11-10, $332
5th: Michael Branch, Lexington, S.C., five bass, 11-8, $285
6th: Brian Tucci, Surfside Beach, S.C., five bass, 11-7, $261
7th: Gregory Littles, Columbia, S.C., five bass, 10-13, $237
8th: Ezell Mullinax Jr., Gaffney, S.C., five bass, 9-15, $213
9th: Justin Mann, Goose Creek, S.C., four bass, 9-9, $190
10th: Bill Hawkins, Piedmont, S.C., five bass, 9-8, $166
Complete co-angler results can be found here.
The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 2-4 Regional Championship on the James River in Richmond, Va. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy Silverado, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C 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 2014 BFL All-American is being held June 5-7 on Wilson Lake in Florence, Ala. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the Rayovac FLW Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.
FLW is the industry’s premier tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2014 over the course of 229 tournaments across five tournament circuits, four of which provide an avenue to the sport’s richest payday and most coveted championship trophy – the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world. For more information about FLW visit FLWOutdoors.com and look for FLW on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube.