Linden’s Darnell Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Shenandoah Division Finale on Potomac River - Major League Fishing

Linden’s Darnell Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Shenandoah Division Finale on Potomac River

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October 1, 2018 • FLW Communications • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

MARBURY, Md. – Boater Otis Darnell of Linden, Virginia, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Shenandoah Division tournament on the Potomac River Sunday with a two-day cumulative catch of 10 bass weighing 32 pounds even. For his win, Darnell earned $5,460.

Darnell was unable to be reached for details, but according to post-tournament reports he caught his fish junk fishing north of the takeoff ramp. His most productive baits were a swimjig and a Z-Man ChatterBait.

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Otis Darnell, Linden, Va., 10 bass, 32-0, $5,460

               2nd:         David Wilder, Middle River, Md., 10 bass, 27-15, $2,730

               3rd:          Bryan Elrod, Mechanicsville, Va., 10 bass, 27-10, $2,320

               4th:          Jack Dice, Lynchburg, Va., 10 bass, 27-5, $1,274

               5th:          Scooter Lilley, Williamston, N.C., 10 bass, 25-3, $1,092

               6th:          Ryan Powroznik, Hopewell, Va., 10 bass, 24-13, $1,101

               7th:          Willy Hicks, Chester, Va., 10 bass, 24-11, $910

               8th:          Aaron Dixon, Bel Alton, Md., 10 bass, 23-13, $819

               9th:          Michael Birr, Franklinton, N.C., 10 bass, 21-10, $728

               10th:        Rick McFaul, Phoenix, Md., 10 bass, 20-4, $637

Complete results can be found at  

Marvin Reese of Randallstown, Maryland, caught a largemouth weighing 5 pounds, 3 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division. The catch earned him the Boater Big Bass award of $712.

Tony Toombs of Drakes Branch, Virginia, caught a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 22 pounds, 12 ounces to win the Co-angler Division and $2,730.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Tony Toombs, Drakes Branch, Va., 10 bass, 22-12, $2,730

               2nd:         David Williams, Fredericksburg, Va., nine bass, 20-10, $1,465

               3rd:          Michael Duarte, Baltimore, Md., 10 bass, 20-6, $959

               4th:          Michael Nelms, Hartwood, Va., eight bass, 19-8, $637

               5th:          John Alexander, Mount Airy, Md., eight bass, 16-1, $546

               6th:          Troy Pipkin, Sterling, Va., eight bass, 16-0, $501

               7th:          J.C. Miller, Washington, Pa., nine bass, 15-14, $455

               8th:          Chris Jackson, Front Royal, Va., eight bass, 14-6, $410

               9th:          Lewis Williams, Roanoke, Va., eight bass, 14-4, $364

               10th:        Terry Stevens, Sterling, Va., eight bass, 13-10, $319

Kenny Main of Colonial Heights, Virginia, caught the largest largemouth bass in the Co-angler Division weighing 6 pounds, 2 ounces – and earned the Co-angler Big Bass award of $356.

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. 11-13 BFL Regional Championship on the Chesapeake Bay in North East, Maryland. 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 2018 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 2019 BFL All-American will take place May 30-June 1 on the Potomac River in Marbury, Maryland.

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