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Posted By The Bass Hog

Fredericksburg's Williams Wins Co-angler Title

HUDDLESTON, Va. (May 21, 2018) – Boater Rick Tilley of Moneta, Virginia, brought a five-bass limit to the scale weighing 18 pounds, 5 ounces Saturday to win the 2018 T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Shenandoah Division event at Smith Mountain Lake. Tilley earned $4,350 for his victory.

 "I was fishing up the Roanoke River – between the State Park and the bridge," said Tilley, who earned his first career win in BFL competition. "I was fishing the bank and everything that I caught was coming in less than 2 feet of water.

"There is a unique type of fishing here that a lot of the locals know about," Tilley said. "The shad spawn at night – between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. – and the bass sit on the rocks and you can throw a topwater bait and they will just annihilate it. With the cloudy conditions on Saturday morning, I knew the leftover fish from the night time would stay there and that they would come into play.

"I had most of my weight by 10:30-11 (a.m.)," Tilley went on to say. "All of my fish came on a blue and silver-colored Lucky Craft Sammy, although I did catch one smallmouth on a swimbait. The key was that you had to be dead up on the bank to catch them. After 12:30 I went deeper and tried to fish 'big fish' areas, but I never did upgrade."

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

              1st:          Rick Tilley, Moneta, Va., five bass, 18-5, $4,350

              2nd:         Scooter Lilley, Williamson, N.C., five bass, 17-12, $2,175

              3rd:         Chad Green, Moneta, Va., five bass, 16-15, $1,451

              4th:         Brandon Reynolds, Callands, Va., five bass, 16-7, $1,015

              5th:         Todd Langford, Great Falls, Va., five bass, 15-15, $870

              6th:         Dexter Andrews, King George, Va., five bass, 15-14, $798

              7th:         Matthew Funk, Suffolk, Va., five bass, 15-12, $1,540

              8th:         Martin Villa, Charlottesville, Va., five bass, 15-11, $653

              9th:         Tommy Little, Chester, Va., five bass, 15-1, $580

              10th:       Mike McDonald, Randleman, N.C., five bass, 15-0, $508

Funk caught a bass weighing 4 pounds, 14 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – to earn the Boater's Big Bass award of $615.

David Williams of Fredericksburg, Virginia, won the Co-angler Division Saturday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 16 pounds, 14 ounces. Johnson earned $2,582 for his victory.

Courtesy of FLW Communications.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

Hockley Tops Co-angler Division

MARBURY, Md. (April 23, 2018) – Boater Joe Zombek II of Scranton, Pennsylvania, caught a five-bass limit weighing 24 pounds, 10 ounces, Sunday to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Northeast Division tournament on the Potomac River. For his efforts, Zombek took home $5,229.

Zombek fished two areas in Mattawoman Creek – one a secondary channel with pilings and the other a 50-yard main-channel creek bend with rocks and wood. He said the areas were about 200 yards apart from one another.

"I targeted prespawn females waiting for the water temperature to rise so they could head up to spawn," said Zombek, who logged his first career win FLW competition. "We had strong wind and rain Thursday and Friday and it stained the water. As of Sunday, it cleared up and the water temperature rose four degrees to the upper 50s. I know the fish had been there for a while, but with the warmer water they fed more."

Zombek fished two baits – a homemade green-pumpkin-colored jig with a Zoom Ultra Vibe Speed Craw trailer in the same color and a Texas-rigged green-pumpkin Zoom tube with a 3/8-ounce weight – and was able to put 11 keepers in his boat.

"I alternated between the baits depending on the conditions of the tide," said Zombek. "When the tide moved I used the jig because the fish were more aggressive and when it slowed down I finessed them with the tube."

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Joe Zombek II, Scranton, Pa., five bass, 24-10, $5,229

               2nd:         Andrew Heivly, Malvern, Pa., five bass, 19-5, $3,629

               3rd:          Zachary Page, Middletown, Del., five bass, 18-14, $1,745

               4th:          Ryan Ingalls, Fairfax, Va., five bass, 18-13, $1,320

               5th:          Aaron Dixon, Bel Alton, Md., five bass, 18-10, $1,046

               6th:          John Vanore, Mullica Hill, N.J., five bass, 18-9, $959

               7th:          Kyle Hoffman, Harpers Ferry, W. Va., five bass, 18-0, $871

               8th:          Cody Cutter, Harveys Lake, Pa., five bass, 17-15, $784

               9th:          Tony Dorman, Taylor, Pa., five bass, 17-8, $653

               9th:          Todd Neale, Warrenton, Va., five bass, 17-8, $653

Heivly brought a 6-pound, 9-ounce bass to the scale – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day's Boater Big Bass award of $815.

Robert Hockley of Annville, Pennsylvania, won the Co-angler Division and $2,614 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 18 pounds, 6 ounces.

Wolf caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division weighing in at 7 pounds, 11 ounces. The catch earned him the day's Co-angler Big Bass award of $407.

Courtesy of FLW Communications.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

Pennsylvania's Frymoyer Grabs Co-angler Title

MARBURY, Md. (April 23, 2018) – Boater Ronald Caldeira of Middletown, Delaware, caught a five-bass limit weighing 21 pounds, 6 ounces, Saturday to win the 2018 T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Northeast Division opener on the Potomac River presented by Navionics. For his efforts, Caldeira took home $6,796.

"I caught them all on main-river points in the mouths of Mattowoman and Quantico creeks," said Caldeira, who notched his first win in FLW competition. "I had five points that I cycled through, and each had pebble rock and sand. I think the big females were transitioning to the points right outside those main creeks, getting ready to spawn. I only had seven bites, but they were the right ones. Some of the fish were tanks – they'd been eating for a while."

Caldeira said he used a Rapala DT-6 crankbait for bass in 3 to 5 feet of water and a Chartreuse and Black Back-colored Strike King KVD 1.5 HC Shallow Squarebill for bass in 1 to 3 feet.

"I'd start far off the point with the Rapala and then switch to the Strike King as I got shallow so I wouldn't get hung up as much," said Caldeira. "As soon the lure would bounce off the rock and free itself, that's when they loaded up on it."

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Ronald Caldeira, Middletown, Del., five bass, 21-6, $6,796

               2nd:         Anthony Ebel, Davidsonville, Md., five bass, 19-12, $3,843

               3rd:          Rick McFaul, Phoenix, Md., five bass, 19-11, $2,134

               4th:          Jeremy Mathias, Monrovia, Md., five bass, 19-7, $1,352

               5th:          Brian Barnes, Seaford, Del., five bass, 18-14, $1,159

               6th:          Andrew Heivly, Malvern, Pa., five bass, 18-8, $1,063

               7th:          Kenny Garippa, Tobyhanna, Pa., five bass, 18-7, $869

               7th:          Matt Stoupa, Colonial Heights, Va., five bass, 18-7, $969

               7th:          Daniel Gray, Butler, Pa., five bass, 18-7, $869

               10th:        Thomas Arens, Purcellville, Va., five bass, 18-2, $676

Ebel brought a 6-pound, 3-ounce bass to the scale – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day's Boater Big Bass award of $945.

Steven Frymoyer of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, won the Co-angler Division and $2,898 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 15 pounds, 15 ounces.

Henry McKee of Haddon Heights, New Jersey, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division weighing in at 6 pounds, 5 ounces. The catch earned him the day's Co-angler Big Bass award of $472.

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 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.

Courtesy of FLW Communications.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

Shawsville's Jones Wins Co-angler Title

HUDDLESTON, Va. (March 26, 2018) – Boater Kevin Chandler of New London, North Carolina, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Piedmont Division tournament on Smith Mountain Lake Saturday with five bass weighing 20 pounds, 12 ounces. For his efforts, Chandler pocketed $7,327.

Chandler caught the majority of his fish targeting rocks in the west arm of Smith Mountain Lake. He said he used green-pumpkin- and black and blue-colored custom jigs with Zoom Super Chunk Jr. trailers.

"I just dragged the jig along the bottom. All of the fish I weighed in except for one came from rocks – the fifth came from a pier pole," said Chandler, who earned his sixth win in BFL competition. "Most were in 3 to 8 feet of water and I was able to put 12 keepers in the boat."

Chandler credited his 7-foot, 2-inch Medium Heavy Level Rod and Abu Garcia REVO STX Gen 4 Casting Reel as being crucial to his success.

"In my opinion, that rod has the perfect tip. You can make soft presentations and it has the backbone you need to get the hook in and catch them," said Chandler.

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Kevin Chandler, New London, N.C., five bass, 20-12, $5,327 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus

               2nd:         David Perdue, Wirtz, Va., five bass, 19-13, $2,164

               3rd:          Ben Reynolds, Callands, Va., five bass, 18-6, $1,377

               4th:          Brian Calloway, Danville, Va., five bass, 17-13, $963

               5th:          Scott Hamrick, Denver, N.C., four bass, 16-11, $825

               6th:          Chris Lewis, Dublin, Va., five bass, 15-15, $757

               7th:          Justin Hicks, Roanoke, Va., five bass, 15-14, $688

               8th:          Bradley Staley, Pleasant Garden, N.C., five bass, 15-11, $619

               9th:          Eric Bailey, Lexington, N.C., five bass, 15-7, $550

               10th:        Chris Brummett, Lynch Station, Va., five bass, 15-6, $482

Gary D'Angelo of Woodbine, Maryland, weighed a 7-pound, 6-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day's Boater Big Bass award of $575.

Isaac Jones of Shawsville, Virginia, won the Co-angler Division and $2,059 Saturday after catching three bass weighing 14 pounds, 1 ounce.

Steve Mazingo of Bedford, Virginia, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division weighing in at 6 pounds, 1 ounce. The catch earned him the day's Co-angler Big Bass award of $282.

Courtesy of FLW Communications.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

May 8, 2017--MARBURY, Md. – Aaron Dixon of Bel Alton, Maryland, brought five bass totaling 21 pounds, 9 ounces to the scale Saturday to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Shenandoah Division tournament on the Potomac River. For his limit, Dixon earned $3,901.

“I primarily fished north of the takeoff ramp in a protected cove,” said Dixon, who earned his first career-victory in BFL competition. “I worked up and down the bank and was able to target bass in all three phases of the spawn.”

Dixon said the fact that bass were in all three phases was what made his 100- to 150-yard stretch of shoreline unique. He said that spawning bass were 4 feet down on pea gravel, and that pre- and postspawn bass were 6 to 10 feet deep in grass.

“I made long casts using a black and blue-colored (Yamamoto Baits) Senko and was able to hit both depths on the retrieve,” said Dixon. “The key factor was the protection in the cove and the deep water. With the extra-high tide, the bass that were there didn’t have to move – they just stayed in the grass.”

After the bite slowed around 10:30 a.m., Dixon said he encountered problems with his engine mounts and was forced to return early to the takeoff ramp.

“We really only got to fish for four hours because of the mounts,” said Dixon. “Luckily I already had enough in my livewell to win it.”

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com. 

Dixon also caught a bass weighing 5 pounds, 14 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – which earned him the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $435.

Craig Wright of Rustburg, Virginia, won the Co-angler Division and $1,833 Saturday after bringing a five-bass limit totaling 17 pounds, 10 ounces to the scale.

Elliot Pilson of Stuart, Virginia, caught the biggest bass among Co-angler Division anglers, a fish weighing 4 pounds, 6 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $217.

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. 19-21 BFL Regional Championship on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Georgia. 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.

For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the BFL on Facebook at Facebook.com/FLWFishing and on Twitter at Twitter.com/FLWFishing.

Courtesy of FLW Communications.


 
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Stuart’s Pilson tops Co-angler Division

HUDDLESTON, Va. (March 20, 2017) – Shane Burns of Durham, North Carolina, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 19 pounds, 10 ounces, Saturday to win the first T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Shenandoah Division event of 2017 on Smith Mountain Lake. Burns took home $6,042 for his victory.

“I’ve been so close to winning before, and I have wanted one of those big winner trophies for a long time,” said Burns, who earned his first career win in FLW competition after 15 previous top-10 finishes. “I have so many of the fish hook trophies that they give out to the top-10, but it was so awesome to finally get over that hump and get the win.”

Burns said that he caught his winning limit by fishing points in pockets in Craddock Creek. He was originally targeting smallmouth with a jerkbait, but found an area where big females were staging for the spawn and capitalized with a green-pumpkin Dave’s Tournament Tackle football jig with a Dave’s Tournament Tackle Sweet Tail Craw, also in green-pumpkin.

Burns said that he caught eight keepers throughout the day – seven largemouth and one smallmouth – and weighed in five largemouth.

 “I had given up on trying to find the deep fish and was planning on committing to the docks, but my Lowrance unit showed me those big largemouth were there. They weren’t stacked up, but I worked the point up and down, both sides. There were enough females there to get me a good limit.”

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com. 

Todd Harris of Clemmons, North Carolina, caught a 7-pound, 6-ounce bass, which was the heaviest of the tournament in the Boater Division. The catch earned him the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $510.

Elliot Pilson of Stuart, Virginia, weighed in four bass totaling 9 pounds, 11 ounces Saturday to win the Co-angler Division and the top prize of $1,921.

McCluskey weighed a 5-pound, 11-ounce bass which earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award and an additional $255.

Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.


 
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Rose wins co-angler title

OSAGE BEACH, Mo. (Nov. 14, 2016) – Jeff Knight of Cleveland, Tennessee, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 17 pounds, 12 ounces, Saturday to win the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Wild Card event on Lake of the Ozarks, with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 38 pounds, 12 ounces. For his win, Knight earned $4,475 and a berth into the 2017 BFL All-American Championship.

Knight said he spent the event targeting boat docks, specifically in areas between Galena Point and Lynch Hollow.

“All of my fish came from the back of the boat slips,” said Knight, who earned his fourth win in FLW competition. “I focused on docks with big boulder rocks behind them. That was the key. I flipped over cables and under the walkways - the big ones were just lying there.”

Knight said he used one lure throughout the event - a ½-ounce green-pumpkin-colored custom jig with a green-pumpkin Strike King Rage Craw trailer.

“I flipped it into 8 to 12 feet of water while I sat in about 10 to 12 feet,” said Knight. “I hit around 30 docks per day. Once I discovered the pattern, I didn’t need anything else.”

Craig Rose of Olathe, Kansas, won the co-angler division and $2,016 with a two-day cumulative catch of eight bass weighing 22 pounds, 6 ounces.

Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

We recently announced the 2016 Bass Fishing League schedule that includes new enhanced payouts for the no-entry-fee regionals that double second-place awards to $10,000 for boaters and $5,000 for co-anglers and significantly increase third-place awards to $5,000 for boaters and $2,500 for co-anglers.


We are proud of our tradition of providing low-cost, close-to-home weekend tournaments that offer more opportunities to win and advance to higher levels of competition than any other circuit.


Entry fees have increased slightly from $220 to $230 per qualifier for boaters and from $110 to $115 per qualifier for co-anglers. Super Tournament entry fees increased from $330 to $345 for boaters and from $165 to $175 for co-anglers.

http://www.flwfishing.com/tips/2015-10-27-2016-bfl-schedule-rules-and-details


 
Posted By The Bass Hog
MARBURY, Md. (Sept. 30, 2015) – The Walmart Bass Fishing League (BFL) is headed to the Potomac River Oct. 8-10 for one of six BFL regional championships. The three-day tournament, presented by Ranger Boats, will feature the top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers from each of the Buckeye, Michigan, Northeast and Piedmont divisions.
 
Anglers will take to the water to compete for the top prize of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Mercury or Evinrude outboard and $20,000 in the Boater Division and a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Mercury or Evinrude outboard in the Co-angler division. The top six boaters and co-anglers will also qualify for the 2016 Walmart BFL All-American – one of the longest running championships in competitive bass fishing.
 
Anglers will take off from Smallwood State Park, located at 2750 Sweden Point Road in Marbury at 7:30 a.m. EST each day. Weigh-ins on Thursday and Friday will be held at the State Park beginning at 3:30 p.m. Saturday’s final weigh-in will be held at Walmart located at 40 Drury Drive in La Plata, Maryland, at 4:30 p.m. Takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public.

Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

 
Posted By The Bass Hog
MINNEAPOLIS (Sept. 27, 2015) – FLW announced Sunday that the 2015 BFL Wild Card tournament will take place on Lake Hartwell on Nov. 13-14. The event will launch from Clemson Marina, located at 150 Clemson Marina Drive in Seneca, South Carolina.
 
In order to be eligible to fish the no-entry-fee BFL Wild Card tournament, anglers must have entered all five events within a BFL division during the 2015 season. In addition, anglers who have already qualified for a BFL regional are ineligible.
 
During the BFL Wild Card tournament, the full field competes both days, with winners determined by the heaviest two-day catch. The top six boater and top six co-angler finishers advance to the 2016 BFL All-American based on accumulated weight.
 
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.