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HEAD wins season opener on
BROKEN BOW, Okla. (March
1, 2004) The 2004 Wal-Mart Bass
Fishing League Okie Division season kicked off Saturday on Broken
Bow Lake near Broken Bow, and Allen Head of Pryor claimed the
win thanks to a five-bass catch weighing 14 pounds, 7 ounces.
He bested 163 Boater Division competitors to earn $4,291 and
Head also earned $1,000 as the
highest-finishing participant in the Ranger Cup incentive program.
Head, who has competed in various FLW Outdoors tournament trails
in his career, claimed $100,000 in 1998 with a Wal-Mart FLW Tour
win on Sam Rayburn Reservoir. This is his second career BFL victory.
Rounding out the top five pros
are Rick Kelley of Ada (four bass, 12 pounds, 7 ounces, $2,145);
Gary Carrier of Grove and formerly Council Grove, KS (four
bass, 10 pounds, 8 ounces, $1,459); Wayne Diffee of Oakhurst
(three bass, 9 pounds, 9 ounces, $1,116); and Raymond Renfroe
of Oologah (four bass, 8 pounds, 9 ounces, $944).
Diffee claimed Boater Division big-bass honors and $815 thanks
to a 6-pound, 9-ounce bass.
Clifford Blalock of Choctaw
earned $2,145 as the Co-angler Division winner thanks to a three-bass
catch that weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces. He edged past 163 Co-angler
Division competitors to score his second BFL top-10 finish.
Finishing second was Randall
Snyder of Haskell with two bass weighing 4 pounds, 12 ounces
worth $1,073. In third was Robert Duncan of Ardmore with two
bass weighing 4 pounds, 11 ounces that earned him $729, followed
by Jeff Peterson of Jay in fourth with two bass weighing 4 pounds,
8 ounces worth $558. Tied for fifth were Don Brackeen of Broken
Arrow and Gary Bolser of Washington. Both men caught two bass
weighing 4 pounds, 6 ounces to earn $429 each.
The Okie Division,s next stop
will be March 27 on Grand Lake in Grove. Each BFL division features
four one-day events followed by a two-day Super Tournament to
round out the regular season. The top 30 Okie Division boaters
and co-anglers based on year-end points standings will advance
to the Toledo Bend regional near Many, La., Oct. 12-16, where
they will compete against Arkie, Louisiana and Ozark division
anglers for a slot in the 2005 All-American. The winning boater
at the All-American receives $100,000 cash, making it one of
the most lucrative and prestigious championship events in bass
Every angler who receives weight
credit in a tournament earns points, with 200 points going to
the winner, 199 for second, 198 for third, and so on except for
Super Tournaments, which award 300 points to the winner, 299
for second, 298 for third, and so on. These points determine
angler standings. The Okie Division boater who amasses the most
points at the end of the regular season will earn $1,000 as the
Yamaha "Be the Best points leader, and the co-angler earning
the most points will earn $500 as the Yamaha "Be the Best
points leader in the Co-angler Division.
The $6.3 million Wal-Mart Bass
Fishing League features 24 divisions nationwide. In BFL competition,
boaters and co-anglers are randomly paired, with boaters supplying
the boat and fishing against other boaters and co-anglers fishing
from the back deck against other co-anglers. For more information
or to enter a tournament, call (270) 252-1000 or visit FLWOutdoors.com.
Wal-Mart and many of America,s
most respected companies support FLW Outdoors and its six tournament
trails. Wal-Mart has been the title sponsor of FLW Outdoors since
1997. For a complete list of FLW Outdoors sponsors and for more
information about the premier products and services they offer,
please visit FLWOutdoors.com.
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