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Harriman’s Matt Brown recently won the Walmart Bass Fishing League (BFL) Volunteer Division co-angler tournament on Lake Cherokee.
Brown caught five bass totaling 13 pounds, 11 ounces to win the tourney and $1,689. Brown’s catch beat out Dennis Lewis, who reeled in five bass weighing 12 pounds, 2 ounces.
There were a total of 50 anglers that entered the co-angler division.
Tim Smiley won the angler division with five bass weighing 17 pounds, 6 ounces. Smiley won $5,677.
The final BFL Volunteer Division tournament of 2013 is scheduled for Sept. 21-22 on Watts Bar Lake in Rockwood, Tenn. After the last divisional tournament is complete, the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 17-19 Regional Championship on Lake Hartwell in Lavonia, Ga. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy Silverado, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518 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. The 2013 BFL All-American is being held June 27–29 on Nickajack Lake in Chattanooga, Tenn. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the EverStart Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.