Midland City’s Powell Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Bulldog Division Tournament on Lake Eufaula


Shane Powell of Midland City, Alabama weighed a five-bass limit totaling 25 pounds, 2 ounces Saturday to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bulldog Division tournament on Lake Eufaula.

Powell said he started his day fishing deep water, but headed shallow after some heavy cloud cover and low-light conditions moved through the area. He said everything he weighed in came from less than 3 feet of water.

“I caught about 20 keepers throughout the day,” said Powell. “The water was left up by the corps (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers), so grass ended up being a factor. Usually I’d go out deep this time of year, but the water was high enough to head shallow.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

1st:          Shane Powell, Midland City, Ala., five bass, 25-2, $4,200

2nd:         Ryan Ingram, Phenix City, Ala., five bass, 23-5, $2,100

3rd:          Bryan Brown, Cataula, Ga., five bass, 23-1, $1,334

4th:          Lee Nunnally, Social Circle, Ga., five bass, 20-7, $1,473

5th:          Bobby Padgett, La Grange, Ga., five bass, 19-5, $800

6th:          David Parsons, Dothan, Ala., five bass, 18-14, $733

7th:          Dustin Wood, Eufaula, Ala., five bass, 18-11, $667

8th:          Ronnie Ray, Phenix City, Ala., five bass, 17-5, $600

9th:          Jason Smith, Dawson, Ga., five bass, 16-14, $533

10th:        Mark Stillwell, Salem, Ala., five bass, 16-12, $467

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.


The top 10 co-anglers were:

1st:          Steve Hall, Mableton, Ga., five bass, 14-4, $2,100

2nd:         Sam Naib, Atlanta, Ga., five bass, 13-9, $1,000

3rd:          Robert McNear, Warner Robins, Ga., five bass, 13-6, $666

4th:          Brian Neal, Jacksonville, Fla., four bass, 12-13, $737

5th:          John Blevins, Cumming, Ga., five bass, 12-9, $400

6th:          Christopher Wilder, Macon, Ga., three bass, 12-0, $417

7th:          Benjamin Schooler, Monroe, Ga., four bass, 10-11, $333

8th:          Lee Parker, Hull, Ga., five bass, 10-4, $300

9th:          Andrew Nickeson, Valdosta, Ga., five bass, 10-3, $267

10th:        Isaac Clemmons, Fitzgerald, Ga., five bass, 10-2, $233


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. 12-14 BFL Regional Championship on Wheeler Lake in Decatur, Alabama.

Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard.

The 2017 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.

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