GADSDEN, Ala. – Kyle Dorsett of Odenville, Alabama, caught a five-bass limit weighing 14 pounds, 7 ounces, Saturday to earn top honors at the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bama Division tournament on Neely Henry Lake. For his efforts, Dorsett pocketed $3,592.
Dorsett said he spent the tournament fishing a 20-mile stretch between Canoe Creek and the takeoff ramp.
“I targeted a couple of areas that I found in practice that had a lot of fish,” said Dorsett, who logged his second career-victory in BFL competition. “I put 30 or 40 fish in the boat throughout the event and culled four or five times.”
Dorsett’s bait of choice was a white Dirty Jigs Swim Jig with a White Pearl-colored Zoom Super Chunk trailer.
“A lot of the field was flipping a jig or throwing a crankbait,” said Dorsett. “The reaction bite was crucial for the bigger ones. I think the Super Chunk was also a big part of my success. The fish seemed lethargic and didn’t want something with a lot of action. The Super Chunk doesn’t kick much, so it was perfect.”
The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
1st: Kyle Dorsett, Odenville, Ala., five bass, 14-7, $3,592
2nd: John Jeter, Birmingham, Ala., five bass, 13-11, $2,256
3rd: Terry Tucker, Gadsden, Ala., five bass, 12-14, $1,219
3rd: Mark McCaig, Oxford, Ala., five bass, 12-14, $1,019
5th: Jason Hester, Phil Campbell, Ala., five bass, 12-13, $818
6th: Jason Nixon, Wetumpka, Ala., five bass, 12-9, $659
7th: Geoff McKnight, Rainbow City, Ala., five bass, 12-6, $599
8th: Kent Keys, Anniston, Ala., five bass, 12-1, $539
9th: Jack White, Vance, Ala., five bass, 12-0, $479
10th: Bradley Jones, Aragon, Ga., five bass, 11-15, $398
10th: Jake Roberson, Tuscumbia, Ala., five bass, 11-15, $398
Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.
Jeter caught a bass weighing 5 pounds, 13 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $460.
Mason Powell of Odenville, Alabama, won the Co-angler Division and $1,796 Saturday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 12 pounds, 8 ounces.
The top 10 co-anglers were:
1st: Mason Powell, Odenville, Ala., five bass, 12-8, $1,796
2nd: James Wooddell, Columbus, Ohio, five bass, 11-12, $898
3rd: Chris Harcrow, Dawson, Ala., five bass, 11-11, $598
4th: James Griffin, Pelham, Ga., five bass, 10-9, $419
5th: Harold Gauer, Phenix City, Ala., five bass, 10-6, $559
6th: Gary Marlowe, Montgomery, Ala., five bass, 10-4, $329
7th: Chris Hawkins, Adger, Ala., five bass, 10-3, $349
8th: Gregory Nunnelly, Ohatchee, Ala., five bass, 9-11, $269
9th: David Ramey, Kingsport, Tenn., five bass, 9-5, $239
10th: Wayne Kilgore, Attalla, Ala., five bass, 8-15, $199
10th: Logan Henderson , Trussville, Ala., five bass, 8-15, $199
Daniel Sullivan of Guntown, Mississippi, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division – a fish weighing 3 pounds, 15 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $230.
The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 12-14 BFL Regional Championship on Wheeler Lake in Decatur, Alabama. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard.
The 2017 BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they 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 BFL All-American. Top performers in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the FLW Tour.
FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money in 2017 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW conducts more than 258 bass-fishing tournaments annually across the United States and sanctions tournaments in Canada, China, Mexico, South Africa and South Korea. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW" television show, broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, while FLW Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros. For more information visit FLWFishing.com and follow FLW at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat.
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