King's Run Paid Off
“I fished in Lake Erie and I was fishing offshore structure, rock piles and drop-offs,” said King. “I probably caught 12 or 15 bass. I lost a few fish early in the day, before I had my limit. You don’t usually win when you lose fish.
“I would fish an area and catch a few and then have to move on to the next spot,” King continued. “Some of the spots were about 28-feet deep but some came up shallower, into 18 feet of water. They all had deep water around them.”
King said that he caught most of his fish with a shad-style finesse bait on a drop-shot rig, and that he made a 50 mile run to get to his area.
“This was my first win. It feels great” said King. “I’ve been fishing BFL events for 12 years now and I’ve been close a few times. I’m glad it finally worked out.”
Rounding out the top 10 pros:
2nd: Wayne Macklin, Fenton, Mich., five bass, 22-3, $1,921
3rd: Charles Mackintosh, Brighton, Mich., five bass, 21-11, $1,089
3rd: Michael Sitko, Farmington Hills, Mich., five bass, 21-11, $1,089 + $300 Evinrude Bonus
5th: Jared Rhode, Port Clinton, Ohio, five bass, 21-7, $768
6th: Mark Flick, Delton, Mich., five bass, 20-12, $704
7th: Dewayne Eck, Angola, Ind., five bass, 20-10, $640
8th: Matt Vermilyea, Perrysburg, Ohio, five bass, 19-6, $576
9th: Scott Dobson, Clarkston, Mich., five bass, 19-2, $512 + $300 Evinrude Bonus
10th: Freddy Hurley, Somerset, Ky., five bass, 18-5, $425
10th: Arthur Teper, Lake Orion, Mich., five bass, 18-5, $425
Complete results can be found by clicking here.
Witt wins co-angler division
Co-angler Jon Witt of Kalamazoo, Mich., won the Aug. 23 Michigan Division event on the Detroit River with a 21-pound, 8-ounce limit to earn a payday worth nearly $2,000.Jon Witt of Kalamazoo, Mich., weighed in a five-bass limit weighing 21 pounds, 8 ounces Saturday to win $1,921 in the co-angler division.
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers:
2nd: Jeffery Thomson, Birmingham, Mich., five bass, 20-8, $960
3rd: Mark Miller, Baltic, Ohio, five bass, 20-3, $641
4th: Ronnie Calhoun, Eaton Rapids, Mich., five bass, 19-11, $448
5th: Marc Gallion, Lyons, Ill., five bass, 19-2, $368
5th: Jon Swartz, Three Rivers, Mich., five bass, 19-2, $368
7th: Aaron Stahley, Batavia, Ohio, five bass, 18-14, $320
8th: Erik Jacques, Harrison Township, Mich., five bass, 18-7, $288
9th: Bryan Seymour, Goshen, Ind., four bass, 17-14, $256
10th: Edward Huddleston, Dearborn Heights, Mich., five bass, 17-9, $224
Complete co-angler results can be found by clicking here.
The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 16-18 Regional Championship on Kentucky Lake in Gilbertsville, Ky. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy Silverado, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.
The BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 120 tournaments throughout the season, five in each division. The top 40 boaters and co-anglers from each division qualify for a regional tournament and compete to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the Rayovac FLW Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.