ELBERTON, Ga. – Three Pickens County pro anglers placed in the Walmart Bass Fishing League Savannah River Division tournament of 2014 held April 5 on Lake Russell.
Butch Pitts of Watkinsville, Ga., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 17 pounds, 1 ounce on April 5 to win the tourney. Pitts earned $4,082.
Eddie Whiten Jr. of Pickens came in fourth with five bass weighing 15 pounds, 12 ounces and won $952 for his efforts. Greg Glouse of Liberty came in ninth with five bass totaling 13 pounds, 5 ounces and won $544 for his efforts while Greg Willimon of Pickens came in 10th with four bass weighing 13 pounds, 2 ounces. He won $476 for his efforts.
Scott Browning of Franklin, N.C., brought in five bass weighing 16 pounds, 12 ounces to grab second and win $2,041 and Joseph Marks of Duncan brought in five bass weighing 15 pounds, 15 ounces to grab third and win $1,362 plus a $300 Evinrude Bonus
Coming in fifth was Todd Goade of Suwanee, Ga., with five bass weighing 14 pounds, 14 ounces, for $816 plus $300 Evinrude Bonus. Russell Clark of Abbeville brought in five bass totaling 14 pounds, 1 ounce for $748; Chris Nelson of Social Circle, Ga., was seventh with five bass weighing in at 13 pounds, 9 ounces for $680; and Mike Bouknight of Greenwood was eighth with five bass totaling 13 pounds, 7 ounces for $612.
In the co-angler division, Jaris McGee of Honea Path weighed in a five-bass limit totaling 12 pounds, 8 ounces to win $2,041. Tim Jackson of Anderson was seventh with five bass totaling 9 pounds, 7 ounces. He won $340 for his efforts.
The BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 120 tournaments throughout the season, five in each division. The top 40 boaters and co-anglers from each division qualify for a regional tournament and compete to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy.
The 2014 BFL All-American is being held June 5-7 on Wilson Lake in Florence, Ala. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the Rayovac FLW Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.