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Jenkins Wins BFL WildCard on Castable Umbrella Rig

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Larry Jenkins of Memphis, Tenn., won the

Walmart Bass Fishing League (BFL) Chevy Wild Card on Lake Barkley

Saturday with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 37 pounds, 9 ounces.

For his victory, Jenkins won a berth in the BFL All-American presented

by Chevy and an optional pot worth $3,621. The Wild Card tournament is

made up of BFL anglers who previously entered all five events within one

of 24 divisions and did not qualify for their respective regional

tournament.

 

“Practice was tough for me,†said Jenkins. “I

thought about leaving on Thursday before the tournament even started; a

few of the guys I know actually did leave. But, I have never run from a

tournament so I stayed and boy, I’m glad I did!

 

“On the first day of the tournament I found an

area near Duncan Creek,†continued Jenkins. “It was out of the wind and

away from everyone else. I started throwing a five-hook umbrella rig and

on my second cast I caught a 3 1/2-pounder and the fish just kept

biting. I caught about 20 bass the first day; it was tremendous.

 

“The second day was even better,†Jenkins went on

to say. “I was culling 4-pounders. I used the umbrella rig all weekend. I

didn’t catch a fish on anything else. I was using three-inch swimbaits

with flat tails on all five hooks. I had brought an old flipping stick I

found laying around in my garage and tied it with some 60-pound braid

because I had heard you need a strong rod to throw the umbrella rig. It

worked perfectly. I had never used the umbrella rig before this

tournament. Boy, are my arms sore.â€

 

The remaining top six boaters who also qualified for the BFL All-American were:

                                        2nd:               Kevin Snider, Elizabethtown, Ky., 10 bass, 35-3, $1,811

                                        3rd:               Brent Sain, Manchester, Tenn., 10 bass, 34-12, $1,368

                                        4th:                 Marty Johnson, Benton, Ky., 10 bass, 33-3, $966

                                        5th:                 David Wootton, Collierville, Tenn., 32-7, 10 bass, $764

                                        6th:                 Duane Snyder, Hanson, Ky., 10 bass, 32-6, $684

                      Rounding out the top 10 boaters were:

                                        7th:                 Frank McClain, Scottsburg, Ind., 10 bass, 31-2, $604

                                       8th:                 Brian Wilson, Somerset, Ky., eight bass, 31-1, $543

                                        9th:                 Michael Wooley, Collierville, Tenn., 10 bass, 30-5

                                      10th:               Mike Harris, Watkinsville, Ga., 10 bass, 30-0, $483

 

Danny Mosley of Collinsville, Miss., won the

Co-angler Division Saturday with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 27

pounds, 2 ounces. His efforts won him a berth in the BFL All-American

presented by Chevy along with $1,887 from the optional pot.

 

          The remaining top six co-anglers who also qualified for the BFL All-American were:

                                        2nd:               Brent Wilkens, Liberty Township, Ohio, 10 bass, 24-14

                                        3rd:               Curtis Callahan, Church Road, Va., nine bass, 23-9, $944

                                      4th:                 Keith Sebastian, Rogersville, Mo., eight bass, 20-9, $712

                                        5th:                 Tommy Dove, Caledonia, Miss., seven bass, 20-7, $503

                                        6th:                 Ricky Williams, Russellville, Ala., six bass, 20-6, $398

                      Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:

                                        7th:                 Dave Nentwick, Richmond, Ky., five bass, 20-5, $356

                                      8th:                 Greg Gilley, Orange Beach, Ala., seven bass, 17-8, $315

                                        9th:                 Donald Roscovius, Tomah, Wis., seven bass, 17-5, $283

                                    10th:               Taylor Wisniewski, Lexington, Ky., six bass, 16-6, $252