EUFAULA, Ala. – Jay Grogan of Fort Mitchell, Ala., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 23 pounds, 14 ounces Saturday to win the fourth Walmart Bass Fishing League Bulldog Division tournament of 2014 on Lake Eufaula. For his victory, Grogan earned $4,119.
“I started off mid-lake fishing in shallow grass with a swimjig,” said Grogan. “That’s where I caught my big fish, I think it weighed 7-11. I stayed there until about lunchtime, and then moved out and fished some deeper places in 6 to 8 feet of water around some stumps.
“The grass was anywhere from 2 to 3 feet deep,” explained Grogan. “The water is a little high right now and there are a lot of bream bedding. There was also a mayfly hatch. I think that’s why the grass was so good.
“Knowing it was a shallow bite was key,” Grogan said. “The big fish are just up shallow now.
“I think I’ve finished everywhere else inside the top-10 on Eufaula,” finished Grogan. “It feels pretty good to finally win.”
Grogan said that he fished a watermelon-colored Strikezone Lures Swim-Tastic Jig shallow and Texas-rigged Zoom worms on his deeper areas.
Rounding out the top 10 pros were:
2nd: Ryan Ingram, Phenix City, Ala., five bass, 21-3, $2,059
3rd: David Lowery, Phenix City, Ala., five bass, 19-4, $1,374
4th: Mark Holloway, Madison, Ga., five bass, 17-3, $961
5th: Pat Fisher, Colbert, Ga., five bass, 16-13, $824
6th: Jeffrey Gentry, Phenix City, Ala., five bass, 16-12, $720
6th: Mike Millsaps, Cartersville, Ga., five bass, 16-12, $720
8th: Ken Greene, Lumpkin, Ga., five bass, 16-9, $618
9th: Kenneth Westmoreland, White, Ga., five bass, 15-12, $549
10th: Justin Lanier, Macon, Ga., five bass, 15-10, $480
Complete results can be found here.
Chris Kirksey of Cartersville, Ga., weighed in a five-bass limit totaling 14 pounds, 5 ounces Saturday to win $2,059 in the co-angler division.
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:
2nd: Charlie Dick, Conyers, Ga., five bass, 13-2, $1,030
3rd: Matthew O’Connell, Brooks, Ga., five bass, 11-13, $583
3rd: Joseph Renfroe, Cartersville, Ga., five bass, 11-13, $583
5th: Buck Hilliard, Peachtree City, Ga., five bass, 11-11, $412
6th: Austin Santos, Temple, Ga., four bass, 11-01, $378
7th: Mike Garrett, Pensacola, Fla., four bass, 10-15, $343
8th: Justin Paulus, Atlanta, Ga., five bass, 10-7, $309
9th: Brad Poole, Lawrenceville, Ga., five bass, 10-4, $275
10th: Tyler Morgan, Columbus, Ga., five bass, 10-0, $240
Complete 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 St. John’s River in Palatka, Fla. 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.