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Sward Wins Co-angler Title
 
 
FLORENCE, Ala. (June 7, 2014) – Fishing in his second BFL All-American, boater Marcus Sykora of Osage Beach, Mo., went wire-to-wire to win the 2014 Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy on Wilson Lake after bringing five bass weighing 12 pounds, 5 ounces to the scale Saturday. Sykora’s three-day total of 15 bass weighing 66-4 bested second-place boater Jayme Rampey of Liberty, S.C., by 4½ pounds. Sykora took home $100,000 and earned a spot in the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart on Lake Murray Aug. 14-17.
 
     “Since I’ve gotten here to start my practice, this has been a dream come true,” Sykora said. “My first two days were unbelievable. Today was very nerve-racking. I’m so exhausted. I haven’t slept. There was no wind and it was hotter than a sauna. I didn’t know if I had enough weight to cover everybody. Now, I feel awesome.
 
     “I had found a good school,” Sykora said. “The first two days of the tournament, my co-anglers and I caught more than 100 pounds of bass off of one area. Today, the schools were completely gone. I was thrilled that my 12 pounds was enough to get the win.”
 
     Sykora said that his key baits over the first two days of the tournament were 6th Sense Crush 300DD and 500DD crankbaits. Today he said that he caught his fish on a Chompers football jig and Zoom Ol’ Monster worm.
 
     Overall there were 50 bass weighing 171 pounds, 3 ounces caught by 10 boaters Saturday. All 10 boaters caught five-bass limits.
 
     Justin Sward of Birmingham, Ala., won the co-angler title with 15 bass weighing 57 pounds, 15 ounces to win the top prize of $50,000. Bryan Cothran of Belton, S.C., finished in second place with 15 bass weighing 52-13 to win $15,000. 
 
       The BFL All-American is one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing. The tournament, which is hosted by Florence/Lauderdale Tourism, features the top 49 boaters and top 49 co-anglers from across the country casting for top awards of up to $120,000 in the Boater Division and $60,000 in the Co-angler Division, plus the opportunity to compete in the most lucrative tournament in bass fishing – the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart on Lake Murray, Aug. 14-17.
 
     Coverage of the BFL All-American will be broadcast in high-definition (HD) on NBC Sports Network when “FLW” airs Aug. 17 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. ET. The Emmy-nominated "FLW" television show is hosted by Jason Harper and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world.
 
Courtesy of  FLWOutdoors.com

 
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