Georgia’s Hensley Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Bama Division Finale on Pickwick Lake Presented by Mud Hole Custom Tackle - Major League Fishing

Georgia’s Hensley Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Bama Division Finale on Pickwick Lake Presented by Mud Hole Custom Tackle

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Tommy Hensley
Mississippi’s Maben Nabs Co-angler Title
September 25, 2017 • FLW Communications • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

FLORENCE, Ala. – Tommy Hensley of Jackson, Georgia, weighed a two-day cumulative of 10 bass totaling 28 pounds, 11 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bama Division tournament on Pickwick Lake presented by Mud Hole Custom Tackle. For his win, Hensley took home $5,143.

According to post-tournament reports, Hensley caught his fish in the mid-lake area, near isolated wood using a white 3/8-ounce Z-Man ChatterBait.

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Tommy Hensley, Jackson, Ga., 10 bass, 28-11, $5,143

               2nd:         Austin Weaver, Sheffield, Ala., 10 bass, 26-7, $2,471

               3rd:          Jason Lambert, Michie, Tenn., 10 bass, 26-5, $1,648

               4th:          Roger Stegall, Iuka, Miss., 10 bass, 26-4, $1,153

               5th:          Justin Atkins, Florence, Ala., 10 bass, 25-11, $1,089

               6th:          Kyle Lewellen, Byhalia, Miss., 10 bass, 24-8, $906

               7th:          Donny Beck, Killen, Ala., 10 bass, 24-7, $824

               8th:          Mark McCaig, Oxford, Ala., 10 bass, 24-2, $741

               9th:          Dennis Shawn Perrigo, Rienzi, Miss., 10 bass, 24-0, $659

               10th:        Jennings Earnest, Guin, Ala., 10 bass, 23-10, $577

Complete results can be found at  

John Jeter of Birmingham, Alabama, caught a 6-pound, 13-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the Boater Big Bass award of $607.

Josh Hamilton of Maben, Mississippi, caught a two-day total of eight bass weighing 20 pounds, 15 ounces, to win the Co-angler Division and $2,671.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Josh Hamilton, Maben, Miss., eight bass, 20-15, $2,671

               2nd:         Radney Atchison, Prattville, Ala., nine bass, 20-14, $1,236

               3rd:          Kyle Smith, Crane Hill, Ala., six bass, 17-3, $822

               4th:          Chris Hawkins, Adger, Ala., six bass, 16-6, $931

               5th:          Mason Smith, Decatur, Ala., seven bass, 14-11, $494

               6th:          David Cornelius, Maylene, Ala., seven bass, 14-8, $453

               7th:          Collin Bruce, Florence, Ala., five bass, 12-12, $412

               8th:          Leandra McClendon Jr., Trussville, Ala., six bass, 11-2, $371

               9th:          Ronnie Seawright, Corinth, Miss., five bass, 10-11, $330

               10th:        Bradley Henderson, Opelika, Ala., four bass, 10-5, $288

Hawkins caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division – a fish weighing 4 pounds, 4 ounces – and earned the Co-angler Big Bass award of $304.

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. The 2018 All-American will be held on Cross Lake in Shreveport, Louisiana, May 31-June 2 and is hosted by the Shreveport-Bossier City Sports Commission and the Red River Waterway Commission. Top performers in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the FLW Tour.

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