In his first BFL All-American appearance, Brian Maloney of Osage Beach, Mo., went wire-to-wire to win the Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy with five bass weighing 13 pounds, 6 ounces. In a championship that came down to ounces, Maloney’s three-day total of 15 bass weighing 43-4 beat Dick Shaffer of Rockford, Ohio, by only 6 ounces. Maloney took home $120,000 and earned a spot in the 2012 Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart on Lake Lanier Aug. 11-14.
The BFL All-American is one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing featureing the top 49 boaters and top 49 co-anglers from across the country. This year’s tournament was hosted by National Harbor.
Prior to fishing in this BFL tournament on the Potomac River, Maloney had never fished a tidal river system. Indicating that he fished what seemed like the â€œright thing to doâ€, he targeted shallow flats with contoured ditches. According to Maloney, the fish were pulling into the ditches during the outgoing tide.
â€œI went against the grain most of the week using darker colors and crankbaits,â€ said Maloney, who qualified through the Missouri TBF chapter. â€œPeople looked at me like I was lost or broken down, but I was just fishing. Unlike most of the rest of the field, I was fishing very aggressively, â€˜streakin’ the paddletail’. I wanted the bass to react to me.
â€œThis has just been an amazing week,â€ Maloney went on to say. â€œWe were told that the fishing was going to be tough, and it was, but there were also a lot of other distractions. Helicopters flying overhead scaring the pants off you, a 21-gun cannon salute, local residents â€¦ it was crazy.
â€œWinning the BFL All-American is really a badge of honor. Few have won, and I have accomplished something that many want.â€
Maloney, who has worked for 30 years as a design engineer for AT&T, indicated that he would love to go pro, but didn’t know if he was ready for the lifestyle change. â€œWinning the championship hasn’t really sunk in yet, and there is a lot to consider, but I would love to fish as a pro. Right now I have to start studying Lake Lanier; it wasn’t even on my radar.â€
Rounding out the championship top 10 on the Potomac River are:
2nd: Dick Shaffer, Rockford, Ohio, 15 bass, 42-14, $29,000
3rd: David Williams, Maiden, N.C., 15 bass, 42-3, $23,000
4th: Dicky Newberry, Houston, Texas, 15 bass, 40-13, $21,000
5th: Conrad Bolt, Seneca, S.C., 15 bass, 38-1, $13,000
6th: Roger Fitzpatrick, Eldon, Mo., 15 bass, 37-3, $17,000
7th: Christopher Jones, Bokoshe, Okla., 13 bass, 36-1, $11,000
8th: Corey Saint, Lexington, Ala., 14 bass, 35-2, $10,000
9th: Scott Hamrick, Denver, N.C., 11 bass, 32-11, $9,000
10th: Marc Snyder, St. Johns, Mich., 12 bass, 28-14, $8,000
For a full list of results visit FLWOutdoors.com.
Overall there were 41 bass weighing 108 pounds, 1 ounce caught by 10 boaters Saturday. The catch included six five-bass limits.
James Waller of Cypress, Texas, won the Co-angler Division BFL All-American championship title with 13 bass weighing 33-11 worth $50,000. Bobby Drinnon of Rogersville, Tenn., took second place with 13 bass weighing 30-1 and won $15,000.
â€œThis week has been an unreal week,â€ said Waller. â€œYou learn so much as a co-angler, and I had amazing boaters. Chris (Jones) was phenomenal.â€
Waller indicated that his key bait this week was a green pumpkin with blue flakes-colored Zoom finesse worm.
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers at the All-American are:
3rd: Brandon Booher, Bristol, Tenn., eight bass, 29-7, $6,000
4th: Scott Curvin, Jacksonville, Ala., 12 bass, 28-10, $5,000
5th: Donnie Woody, Marion, N.C., 12 bass, 26-15, $4,500
6th: Jake Akin, Powder Springs, Ga., 11 bass, 26-10, $4,000
7th: Wesley Taylor, Dechard, Tenn., 11 bass, 23-7, $3,500
8th: Brandon Temples, Ninety Six, S.C., eight bass, 22-8, $3,000
9th: Robert Cox, Tippecanoe, Ohio, nine bass, 22-3, $2,500
10th: Aaron Arning, Walnut Hill, Ill., nine bass, 20-11, $2,000
Overall there were 29 bass weighing 65 pounds even caught by 10 boaters Saturday. The catch included three five-bass limits.