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 Kyle Dorsett of Odenville, Alabama, caught a five-bass limit weighing 14 pounds, 7 ounces, Saturday to earn top honors at the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bama Division tournament on Neely Henry Lake. For his efforts, Dorsett pocketed $3,592.

Dorsett said he spent the tournament fishing a 20-mile stretch between Canoe Creek and the takeoff ramp.

“I targeted a couple of areas that I found in practice that had a lot of fish,” said Dorsett, who logged his second career-victory in BFL competition. “I put 30 or 40 fish in the boat throughout the event and culled four or five times.”

Kyle Dorsett of Odenville, Alabama, caught a five-bass limit weighing 14 pounds, 7 ounces, Saturday to earn top honors. FLW photo

Dorsett’s bait of choice was a white Dirty Jigs Swim Jig with a White Pearl-colored Zoom Super Chunk trailer.

“A lot of the field was flipping a jig or throwing a crankbait,” said Dorsett. “The reaction bite was crucial for the bigger ones. I think the Super Chunk was also a big part of my success. The fish seemed lethargic and didn’t want something with a lot of action. The Super Chunk doesn’t kick much, so it was perfect.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Kyle Dorsett, Odenville, Ala., five bass, 14-7, $3,592

               2nd:         John Jeter, Birmingham, Ala., five bass, 13-11, $2,256

               3rd:          Terry Tucker, Gadsden, Ala., five bass, 12-14, $1,219

               3rd:          Mark McCaig, Oxford, Ala., five bass, 12-14, $1,019

               5th:          Jason Hester, Phil Campbell, Ala., five bass, 12-13, $818

               6th:          Jason Nixon, Wetumpka, Ala., five bass, 12-9, $659

               7th:          Geoff McKnight, Rainbow City, Ala., five bass, 12-6, $599

               8th:          Kent Keys, Anniston, Ala., five bass, 12-1, $539

               9th:          Jack White, Vance, Ala., five bass, 12-0, $479

               10th:        Bradley Jones, Aragon, Ga., five bass, 11-15, $398

               10th:        Jake Roberson, Tuscumbia, Ala., five bass, 11-15, $398

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.  

Jeter caught a bass weighing 5 pounds, 13 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $460.

Mason Powell of Odenville, Alabama, won the Co-angler Division and $1,796 Saturday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 12 pounds, 8 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Mason Powell, Odenville, Ala., five bass, 12-8, $1,796

               2nd:         James Wooddell, Columbus, Ohio, five bass, 11-12, $898

               3rd:          Chris Harcrow, Dawson, Ala., five bass, 11-11, $598

               4th:          James Griffin, Pelham, Ga., five bass, 10-9, $419

               5th:          Harold Gauer, Phenix City, Ala., five bass, 10-6, $559

               6th:          Gary Marlowe, Montgomery, Ala., five bass, 10-4, $329

               7th:          Chris Hawkins, Adger, Ala., five bass, 10-3, $349

               8th:          Gregory Nunnelly, Ohatchee, Ala., five bass, 9-11, $269

               9th:          David Ramey, Kingsport, Tenn., five bass, 9-5, $239

               10th:        Wayne Kilgore, Attalla, Ala., five bass, 8-15, $199

               10th:        Logan Henderson , Trussville, Ala., five bass, 8-15, $199

Daniel Sullivan of Guntown, Mississippi, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division – a fish weighing 3 pounds, 15 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $230.

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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