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Tournaments => FLW Fishing => BFL Bass Fishing League => Topic started by: djkimmel on September 04, 2009, 12:44:25 AM

Post by: djkimmel on September 04, 2009, 12:44:25 AM

TRENTON, Mich. (Aug. 31, 2009) – Michael Trombly of Perrysburg, Ohio, won the Walmart Bass Fishing League® Michigan Division tournament on the Detroit River Saturday with a five-bass catch weighing 23 pounds, 11 ounces. The victory earned Trombly $3,553 and placed him one step closer to qualifying for the Mississippi River Regional Championship in Fort Madison, Iowa, Oct. 1-3, where he could ultimately win a new Ranger boat and a Chevy truck.
Trombly said he caught his bass snapping a tube on the rough waters of Lake Erie.

Rounding out the top five boaters are John Devries of Fishers, Ind. (five bass, 22-12, $1,777); Frank Novock of Rockwood, Mich. (five bass, 21-2, $1,185); Heath Wagner of Angola, Ind. (five bass, 20-8, $829) and Brian Jackson of Dyer, Ind. (five bass, 19-8, $711).

Robert Barta of Deerfield, Mich., took home the Boater Division Big Bass award, earning $455 for a 5-pound, 13-ounce bass he caught.

William Schwartz of Avon Lake, Ohio, earned $1,777 as the co-angler winner Saturday thanks to a catch of five bass weighing 20 pounds, 3 ounces that he caught on a Gulp! Minnow fished on a drop-shot rig on shallow rock piles.

Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Brad Craft of New Bremen, Ohio (five bass, 20-1, $740); Mark Keller of Saint Clair Shores, Mich. (five bass, 20-1, $740); Andrew Smith of Clinton Township, Mich. (five bass, 19-1, $415); and Joe Wong of Hartford City, Ind. (five bass, 18-12, $355).

Schwartz earned $227 as the co-angler Big Bass winner after catching a 6-pound, 1-ounce bass.

The final regular-season Michigan Division event, a two-day Super Tournament, will be held on the Detroit River in Trenton, Mich., Sept. 19-20.

The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers in each of the BFL’s 28 divisions at the end of the season advance to a no-entry-fee Regional Championship where boaters fish for a new Ranger boat and a Chevy truck and co-anglers fish for a new Ranger boat. Seven regional championships will each send six boaters and six co-anglers to the no-entry-fee Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy, which features a $1 million purse and a top award of $140,000 in the Boater Division and $70,000 in the Co-angler Division. Anglers who compete in all five regular-season events within a division but do not advance to a Regional Championship are eligible to compete in the Chevy Wild Card, which will also send six boaters and six co-anglers to the All-American for a total of 48 boaters and 48 co-anglers advancing through BFL competition.

The winning boater and winning co-angler at the All-American will advance to the no-entry-fee $2.5 million Forrest Wood Cup in Atlanta in 2010. This event, featuring a top award of $1 million, is the most lucrative tournament in all of competitive bass fishing. In all, the BFL offers weekend anglers the opportunity to qualify for three no-entry-fee championships with total cash awards exceeding $3.5 million. Plus, the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers from each BFL division may move up to the Stren Series™ for 2010 while All-American champions have the option to advance directly to the Walmart FLW Tour®.

In BFL competition, boaters supply the boat and compete from the front deck against other boaters. Co-anglers compete from the back deck against other co-anglers.

As the nation’s leading provider of affordable, close-to-home weekend tournaments, the BFL is widely credited with opening competitive bass fishing to the masses. It also serves as a steppingstone for anglers who wish to advance to the Stren Series and ultimately the FLW Tour – bass fishing’s most lucrative tournament circuit.

Total awards are based on a full field of 200 boats in every tournament.

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Post by: River Rat on September 04, 2009, 11:16:39 AM
Congrats to both Mike and Bill (Doc)!

Poor Doc got me as a boater on LSC and he's a great guy.  I saw him after he weighed, he walked up to me and he was just grinning from ear to ear staring at his weigh slip! It was too cool...