WINNECONNE, Wis. – Mike Mayan of Rosendale, Wis., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 15 pounds, 7 ounces Saturday to win the second Walmart Bass Fishing League Great Lakes Division tournament of 2014 on the Wolf River Chain. For his victory, Mayan earned $4,584.
“It felt good, let me tell you,” said Mayan of his first BFL victory. “I have had top-five finishes there multiple times, so I was elated to get the win.
“I was out fishing with a friend the Tuesday before the tournament for three hours. I liked what I saw, so I decided to fish in the river,” said Mayan.
“I was throwing a minnow-colored Bass Assassin Split Tail Shad,” Mayan explained. “I was just targeting the rocks and the weed edges. The water came up a lot from the rain and I was fishing the inside edges in about a foot of water. You could see them when they came to get the bait.
“I caught largemouth and smallmouth and probably caught 20 keepers,” finished Mayan. “I didn’t think I would win. I was expecting 3rd or 4th place. Usually if people are catching them in Lake Winnebago they are a little bigger.”
Rounding out the top 10 pros:
2nd: Jim Jones, Big Bend, Wis., five bass, 15-6, $2,292
3rd: Keith Clegg, New London, Wis., five bass, 14-10, $1,529
4th: Jeff Benson, Holmen, Wis., five bass, 14-8, $1,070
5th: Chris Aswegan, Lisbon, Iowa, five bass, 14-4, $917
6th: John Burmeister, New London, Wis., five bass, 14-2, $840
7th: Jason Duchateau, Algoma, Wis., five bass, 13-5, $764
8th: David Zielinski, Wales, Wis., four bass, 13-3, $688
9th: Travis Brueggen, Cashton, Wis., five bass, 12-15, $611
10th: Rob Leidholdt, Janesville, Wis., five bass, 12-14, $535
Complete results can be found here.
Kling wins co-angler division
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers:
2nd: Ron Check, Prairie Du Chien, Wis., five bass, 12-12, $1,146
3rd: Ronald Syverson, Holmen, Wis., five bass, 11-12, $765
4th: Steve Ubersox, Cherry Valley, Ill., five bass, 11-11, $535
5th: James Medved, Milwaukee, Wis., four bass, 11-8, $458
6th: Mike Frazer, De Forest, Wis., five bass, 11-6, $401
6th: Brandon Troupe, Chicago, Ill., five bass, 11-6, $401
8th: Michael Watson, Morton Grove, Ill., five bass, 10-15, $344
9th: Paul Vonwald, La Crosse, Wis., five bass, 10-11, $306
10th: Matt Knox, Metamora, Ill., five bass, 10-8, $267
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. 16-18 Regional Championship on Kentucky Lake in Gilbertsville, Ky. 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. 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, Instagram, and YouTube.