Schultz Wins Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Event On the Chickahominy River
Piedmont Division Boater Chuck Schultz Jr. of Richmond earned $3,965 Saturday as winner of the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Piedmont Division event on the Chickahominy River. The tournament was the fourth of five regular-season Piedmont Division events and earned Schultz 200 points in the Boater Division.
Schultz’s winning catch of five bass weighed 14 pounds, 2 ounces. He was fishing crankbaits and worms around brush piles in out-going tides when he caught his bass. He earned an additional $630 as winner of the big-bass award, thanks to a 4-pound, 12-ounce bass.
Finishing second was Sam Westbrook of Petersburg with five bass weighing 11 pounds, 4 ounces that earned him $1,982. Mark Herndon of Bahama, N.C., claimed $1,297 as the third-place finisher thanks to three bass weighing 10 pounds, 6 ounces. In fourth was Ricky Farr of Chesterfield with three bass weighing 8 pounds, 3 ounces worth $1,009, and finishing fifth and earning $829 was Jerry Davis of Petersburg with five bass weighing 8 pounds.
Westbrook earned an additional $500 as winner of the Ranger Cup award.
Scott Mummert of Winfall, N.C., earned $1,982 as the co-angler winner, thanks to four bass weighing 6 pounds, 11 ounces that he caught on a finesse worm.
Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Fran Andrews Jr. of Matoaca, Va. (two bass, 6 pounds, 3 ounces, $991); Vaden Lee of Freemont, N.C. (two bass, 6 pounds, 1 ounce, $651); Steve Kiser of Tarboro, N.C. (three bass, 6 pounds, $505); and Frank Bucciala Jr. of Littleton, N.C. (two bass, 5 pounds, 13 ounces, $414).
Andrews earned $315 as the co-angler big-bass award winner with a 4-pound, 15-ounce bass he caught on a worm.
The Piedmont Division will wrap up its regular season Sept. 17-18 with a two-day Super Tournament on Kerr Lake near Henderson, N.C.
Following the regular season, the Piedmont Division boater with the most points will earn $1,000 as the Yamaha “Be the Best” points champion. The co-angler amassing the most points will earn $500 as the Yamaha “Be the Best” points champion in the Co-angler Division.
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. The top 40 Piedmont Division boaters and co-anglers based on year-end points standings will advance to the Lake Cherokee Regional near Morristown, Tenn., Oct. 4-8 where they will compete against Buckeye, Illini and LBL Division anglers for one of six slots in the 2006 All-American. With a total purse of $1 million and a potential $140,000 cash prize going to the winning boater and $70,000 going to the winning co-angler, the All-American is one of the most prestigious and lucrative events in bass fishing.
The $8.4 million Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League features 28 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.
Named after the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, Forrest L. Wood, FLW Outdoors administers the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League and seven other national tournament circuits offering a combined $30 million in awards through 214 events in 2005. The 27-year-old organization is the purveyor of America’s largest and most prestigious fishing tournaments, including the Wal-Mart FLW Tour, EverStart Series, Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League, Wal-Mart Texas Tournament Trail, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye League, Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Tour and Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series.
Wal-Mart and many of America’s largest and most respected companies support FLW Outdoors and its tournament trails. Wal-Mart signed on as title sponsor of the FLW Tour in 1997 and today is the title sponsor of all FLW Outdoors events
by Will Brantley, communications specialist