Co-Angler Title Goes to Anniston’s Corbett

COLUMBIANA, Ala. (May 13, 2019) – Boaters Dusty Herron of Alabaster, Alabama, and Chris Rutland of Wetumpka, Alabama, each caught five bass Saturday weighing 16 pounds even to tie for the win at the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bama Division tournament on Lay Lake. After contingency awards, Rutland earned $3,435, while Herron took home $2,435.

“I changed up my strategy a little bit because of how many boats were around. Everyone was fishing points, so I knew I needed to try something different if I wanted to win,” said Herron, who earned his first win FLW competition. “Basically I found them super shallow in really scattered out grass. I was on the lower end of the lake toward Mitchell Dam. I knew what they were on, so I went around looking for the same kind of stuff. They were definitely spread out – probably 15 different places.”

Herron said he threw a white custom swim-jig with a custom worm trailer of the same color. He caught nine keepers – including two bass over 5 pounds – and culled four times.

Rutland said he fished main-lake grass points on the south end of the lake until around mid-morning, then flipped boat docks the rest of the day, catching approximately 25 keepers in the process.

“I hit a bunch of points – more than 20 – and was targeting fish in 2 to 4 feet of water,” said Rutland, who earned his third career victory in BFL competition – second on Lay Lake. “I weighed three largemouth from the points and then two spotted bass from the docks. They were also on the south end and about halfway back in the creeks.”

Rutland said he used a 5-inch, Alewife-colored Big Bite Baits Dean Rojas Cane Thumper on a Gamakatsu belly weight hook and a green-pumpkin ½-ounce Davis’ Baits Wood Jig with a Big Bite Baits Real Deal Craw trailer of the same color.

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

1st:          Dusty Herron, Alabaster, Ala., five bass, 16-0, $2,435

1st:          Chris Rutland, Wetumpka, Ala., five bass, 16-0, $3,435

3rd:          Josh Stracner, Vandiver, Ala., five bass, 15-13, $1,332

4th:          Jason Nixon, Wetumpka, Ala., five bass, 15-1, $908

5th:          Dallas Weldon, Tallassee, Ala., five bass, 14-12, $649

6th:          Jeff Cannon, Douglasville, Ga., five bass, 14-10, $595

7th:          Rickie Harp, Cottondale, Ala., five bass, 14-9, $1,231

8th:          Mitch Hayes, Chipley, Fla., five bass, 13-15, $687

9th:          Timothy Travis, Tuscaloosa, Ala., five bass, 13-9, $433

10th:        David Parsons, Dothan, Ala., five bass, 13-7, $479

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Harp caught a 6-pound, 3-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $390.

Marcus Corbett of Anniston, Alabama, won the Co-angler Division and $1,973 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 17 pounds, 11 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

1st:          Marcus Corbett, Anniston, Ala., five bass, 17-11, $1,973

2nd:         Michael Corbett, Oxford, Ala., five bass, 14-6, $962

3rd:          Roman Robinson, Steele, Ala., five bass, 13-14, $541

4th:          Jesse Craver, Centreville, Ala., five bass, 13-8, $379

5th:          John Bryan, Carrollton, Ga., five bass, 13-5, $311

5th:          Tanner Ellison, Jemison, Ala., five bass, 13-5, $311

7th:          Robert Volinic, Peachtree City, Ga., five bass, 13-1, $466

8th:          Randy Hill, Athens, Ala., five bass, 12-13, $244

9th:          Daniel Buswell Jr., Fayetteville, Ga., five bass, 12-12, $216

10th:        Billy Crook, Jacksonville, Ala., five bass, 12-6, $189

Volinic caught the heaviest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 6 pounds, 9 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $195.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 17-19 BFL Regional Championship on Lake Guntersville in Guntersville, Alabama, presented by Mercury. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard.

The 2019 BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the BFL All-American. The 2019 BFL All-American will be held May 30-June 1 at the Potomac River in Marbury, Maryland, and is hosted by the Charles County Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism and the Commissioners of Charles County. Top performers in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the FLW Tour.

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