Tennessee’s Armstrong tops Co-angler Division

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (April 10, 2017) – Boater Dennis Barnes of Boaz, Alabama, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 22 pounds, 1 ounce, Saturday to win.. Barnes took home $6,046 for his victory.

According to post-tournament reports, Barnes caught his limit fishing grass in the mid-lake area. He threw a Rat-L-Trap and a swimbait, with the majority of his fish coming from depths of 6 to 8 feet. It was Barnes’ fourth career victory in BFL competition.

Barnes caught his limit fishing grass in the mid-lake area. FLW photo

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

                1st:           Dennis Barnes, Boaz, Ala., five bass, 22-1, $4,046 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus

                2nd:          Derek Remitz, Grant, Ala., five bass, 21-15, $2,578

                3rd:          Wayne Christopher, Huntsville, Ala., five bass, 20-12, $1,348

                4th:           Daniel Whitaker, Phil Campbell, Ala., five bass, 20-6, $944

                5th:           Tyler Stewart, Killen, Ala.., five bass, 19-11, $809

                6th:           Jerry Perkins, Cullman, Ala.., five bass, 19-10, $742

                7th:           Casey Martin, New Hope, Ala., five bass, 19-2, $974

                8th:           Josh Butler, Athens, Ala., five bass, 18-13, $807

                9th:           Scott Towry, Lawrenceburg, Tenn., five bass, 17-10, $639

                10th:        Clayton Joyce, Chapel Hill, Tenn., five bass, 17-4, $472

Complete results can be found at  

Remitz caught a 6-pound, 9-ounce bass, which was the heaviest of the tournament in the Boater Division. The catch earned him the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $555.

Jerry Armstrong of Shelbyville, Tennessee, weighed in five bass totaling 17 pounds, 14 ounces, Saturday to win the Co-angler Division and the top prize of $2,300.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

                1st:           Jerry Armstrong, Shelbyville, Tenn., five bass, 17-14, $2,300

                2nd:          Rich Frey, Owens Cross Roads, Ala., five bass, 16-11, $1,011

                3rd:          Jacob Coil, Huntsville, Ala., five bass, 16-4, $774

                4th:           Jody Evans, Toney, Ala., five bass, 14-5, $472

                5th:           Tony Hill, Chatsworth, Ga., five bass, 12-8, $455

                6th:           Keith Chadwell, Decatur, Ala., five bass, 12-7, $371

                7th:           Thomas Helton, Charleston, Tenn., five bass, 12-5, $337

                8th:           Heath Frizzell, Dunlap, Tenn., five bass, 11-14, $303

                9th:           Chad Biddle, Shelbyville, Ky., five bass, 11-1, $270

                10th:        Ray Elmore, Calhoun, Ga., five bass, 10-15, $236

Armstrong also weighed a 7-pound, 4-ounce bass which earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $277.

The T-H Marine BFL at Lake Guntersville presented by Navionics was hosted by the Marshall County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

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. Top performers in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the FLW Tour.

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