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17.04 lbs Takes Victory For Operation Bass' BFL Tourny on Lake Livingston
by Stephanie Wilkerson

Waterwood Marina, Lake Livingston, TX

An unseasonable cool front swept through Lake Livingston one day prior to the tournament which many were not expecting .On tournament day the sun came out which led to beautiful skies but very windy conditions for 161 anglers and the 160 co-anglers to fish the 3rd qualifying event of the BFL tournament league. Temperatures prior to the tournament were very mild with light and variable but come Friday evening, good old mother nature left many anglers wondering and some making plans to change their fishing pattern. In spite of the weather, the tournament was a huge success for the BFL on Lake Livingston. The Wal-Mart BFL features 26 division with five tournaments per division. The fist four events are held on Saturday. Each event will have a Boater Division and Co-Angler Division with a maximum field size of 200 anglers in each division; it's boater vs. boater and co-angler vs. co-angler ! The final event in each division is a two-day Saturday/Sunday Super Tournament elimination round event featuring a larger cash payout and more points. The full field compete Saturday and the top 20% of the field fish the final day. Now it is on to the regional competition. The top 30 boaters and co-anglers from each division based on points standings will compete in a three day elimination round completion. The highest finishing anglers from, post-season competition advance to the Wal-Mart BFL All-American. The top prize for the Boater Division champion is $100,000 and $50,000 for the Co-angler winner. On the boater side of competition, there was a total of 292 bass weighing in a 685.4 lbs with 15 -5 bass limits being caught. On the non- boater or co-angler side of competition, there was a total of 162 bass weighing in at 382.1 lbs with 3- 5 bass limits being caught and the final standings are as follows: Boater Division 1st place- G.T. Cantrell 5 bass 17.04 lbs. $4,241.00------ This angler from Pasadena, TX stated that this was his first time to fish Lake Livingston in about twenty years but wash very excited with his final results. GT explained that he positioned his Triton/Yamaha bass rig in midlake region to work All-Star rods and Ambassador reels spooled with 17 lbs Berkley Big Game using a secret kind of fire tiger crankbait that he brought down from Tennessee in hopes to win this tournament. GT went on to state that he focused mainly on laydowns and log jams and was fishing the banks in about 1 to 4 foot of very muddy water. He caught his limit by 8:30 that morning and caught his largest fish around 12:30 that afternoon. 2nd place- Shane Gibson, 5 bass 15.02 lbs $2,121.00--------This angler from South Texas is no stranger to Lake Livingston since he grew up here and has done very well with this lake including a couple of championships that he won on this lake as well. Shane stated that he was fishing midlake as well in his Skeeter/Mercury bass boat in about 2 to 4 feet of stained water concentrating on stumps and laydowns. Shane also stated that he was using All-Star rods and Quantum 600 Ti Reels with 20 lb Berkley Big Game and caught most of his fish on a red shad colored worm. This angler explained that he caught a total of ten fish for the day and had a nice limit by the noon hour. 3rd place Slade Dearman, 5 bass 14.15 lbs $1,272.00------This local angler from Onalaska, TX . Slade fished mainly down south in his Triton/Mercury bass rig to work Castaway rods and reels with 12 and 15 lbs P-Line using Bitzy Jigs in which he said that he caught two of his fish on, and the other three came on a crankbait. Slade went on to state that he was fishing in about 1 to 5 foot of very muddy water thanks to the weather change and high winds and concentrated mainly on boat docks and pockets. Big Bass on the boater side---Danny Bourgeois, Houston, TX 6.6 lbs $805.00 1st place co-angler Doug Evans, 5 bass 16.10 lbs --$2,107.00 Evans, from Houston, TX was very excited with his tournament finish and thanks his angler Eric Bennett for putting him in the right place at the right time. This co-angler fished in a Ranger/Mercury bass rig down south focusing mainly on reeds and laydowns in about 1 to 2 foot of very muddy waters as well as working the banks. Doug used Castaway rods and Ambassador reels with 15 lbs Stern to work blue/black Stanley jigs. This co-angler also took bragging rights for the big bass on the co-angler side with the bass weighing 5.5 lbs and put an extra $400.00 in his pocket. 2nd place co-angler Clay Henry, 5 bass 14.3 lbs $1,0544.00--- Henry, from Many LA fished with Marlin Burton in a Stratos/Johnson bass boat down south in 2-5 foot of water to work Shimano rods and Bass Pro Shop reels using Berkley Big Game 17 lbs test using an assortment of different color worms in which he stated that there was story behind that. Clay stated that the concentrated today on stumps and had to work very hard fighting very gusty winds to catch his 5 bass limit. 3rd place co-angler Brandon Delaney, 3 bass 11.14 -$632.00 -Brandon, from Nacogdoches, TX fished with boater Tim Johnson who is also from Nacogdoches, TX Brandon explained that he fished in a Skeeter/Mercury up north in about 2 foot of water focusing mainly on reeds using Castaway rods and Shimano reels spooled with 20 lbs Berkley Big Game to work mainly a brown colored jig with a red trailer. The Ranger Cup winner for this event which goes to the highest finished boater that participates in the ranger cup contingency went to Marvin Konecny from Bryan, TX. He took home an additional $500.00. along with his 4th place $1,018.00 winnings with 5 bass, 14.10 lbs The Wal-Mart BFL is being sponsored by Alpo, Everstart batteries, Ranger Boats, BC Powder, Evinrude, Shop Vac, BF Goodrich tires, Frito Lay, Conseco, Fuji Film, Stren, Garmin, Kellogg's, Snickers, Fades Glory, Stanley, Coleman, Land O Lakes, Chevy Trucks, Minn Kota, US Bank, Castrol, Poulan, Energizer, Yamaha , Pepsi, Weed Eater. Associated Sponsors: Abu Garcia, Berkley, Eagle Claw, Laker, Plano and Solar Bat. For online registration and up-todate information about the BFL, visit the official web site at You can obtain tournament results, tour standings, schedules, rules, and procedures, angler profiles and news release as well as information on all other FLW Outdoors programs when you visit the official site of the Wal-Amrt Bass Fishing League. Top 10 Boaters: 1 G.T. Cantrell 17.04 lbs $4,241.00 Pasadena 2 Shane Gibson 15.02 lbs $2,121.00 San Dia 3 Slade Dearman 14.15 lbs $1,272.00 Onalaska 4 Marvin Konecny 14.10 lbs $1,018.00 Bryan 5 Harold Allen 14.0 lbs $933.00 Shelbyville 6 Wayne Helberg 13.04 lbs $763.00 Mabank 7 David Truax 13.0 lbs $679.00 Beaumont 8 Chris Wilkerson 12.13 lbs $509.00 Livingston 9 Danny Bourgeois 12.09 lbs $467.00 Houston 10 Jake Goodrum 12.07 lbs $424.00 Cleveland Top !0 Co-Anglers: 1 Doug Evans 13.10 lbs $ 2,107.00 Houston 2 Clay Henry 14.03 lbs $ 1,054.00 Many, LA 3 Brandon Delaney 11.14 lbs $ 632.00 Nacogdoches 4 Danny Joiner 11.8 lbs $506.00 Irving 5 Murphy Perot 10.15 lbs $464.00 Logansport, LA 6 Terry Haley 8.14 lbs $379.00 Winnsboro 7 Ronnie Pack 7.12 lbs $ 337.00 McKinney 8 Lee Saenz 7.03 lbs $253.00 Nacogdoches 9 Travis Patillo 7.02 lbs $232.00 Silsbee 10 Brandon Wooddell 6.11 lbs $211.00 Irving

Top two winners together

Ranger Cup winner

Cantrell Stringer

big bass boater side

Evans co- angler winner stringer

bb bass co-angler

shane gibson

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