Mississippi’s Maben Nabs Co-angler Title

FLORENCE, Ala. (Sept. 25, 2017) – Tommy Hensley of Jackson, Georgia, weighed a two-day cumulative of 10 bass totaling 28 pounds, 11 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bama Division tournament on Pickwick Lake presented by Mud Hole Custom Tackle. For his win, Hensley took home $5,143.

Tommy Hensley of Jackson, Georgia, weighed a two-day cumulative of 10 bass totaling 28 pounds, 11 ounces. FLW photo

According to post-tournament reports, Hensley caught his fish in the mid-lake area, near isolated wood using a white 3/8-ounce Z-Man ChatterBait.

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Tommy Hensley, Jackson, Ga., 10 bass, 28-11, $5,143

               2nd:         Austin Weaver, Sheffield, Ala., 10 bass, 26-7, $2,471

               3rd:          Jason Lambert, Michie, Tenn., 10 bass, 26-5, $1,648

               4th:          Roger Stegall, Iuka, Miss., 10 bass, 26-4, $1,153

               5th:          Justin Atkins, Florence, Ala., 10 bass, 25-11, $1,089

               6th:          Kyle Lewellen, Byhalia, Miss., 10 bass, 24-8, $906

               7th:          Donny Beck, Killen, Ala., 10 bass, 24-7, $824

               8th:          Mark McCaig, Oxford, Ala., 10 bass, 24-2, $741

               9th:          Dennis Shawn Perrigo, Rienzi, Miss., 10 bass, 24-0, $659

               10th:        Jennings Earnest, Guin, Ala., 10 bass, 23-10, $577

Complete results can be found at  

John Jeter of Birmingham, Alabama, caught a 6-pound, 13-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the Boater Big Bass award of $607.

Josh Hamilton of Maben, Mississippi, caught a two-day total of eight bass weighing 20 pounds, 15 ounces, to win the Co-angler Division and $2,671.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Josh Hamilton, Maben, Miss., eight bass, 20-15, $2,671

               2nd:         Radney Atchison, Prattville, Ala., nine bass, 20-14, $1,236

               3rd:          Kyle Smith, Crane Hill, Ala., six bass, 17-3, $822

               4th:          Chris Hawkins, Adger, Ala., six bass, 16-6, $931

               5th:          Mason Smith, Decatur, Ala., seven bass, 14-11, $494

               6th:          David Cornelius, Maylene, Ala., seven bass, 14-8, $453

               7th:          Collin Bruce, Florence, Ala., five bass, 12-12, $412

               8th:          Leandra McClendon Jr., Trussville, Ala., six bass, 11-2, $371

               9th:          Ronnie Seawright, Corinth, Miss., five bass, 10-11, $330

               10th:        Bradley Henderson, Opelika, Ala., four bass, 10-5, $288

Hawkins caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division – a fish weighing 4 pounds, 4 ounces – and earned the Co-angler Big Bass award of $304.

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.

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