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Walmart BFL Volunteer Division qualifiers headed for Pickwick Regional

staff report • May 5, 2013 at 7:32 PM

FLORENCE, Ala. — The Walmart Bass Fishing League is headed to Pickwick Lake Oct. 18-20 for one of six regional championships. This three-day tournament features the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers from each of the Bulldog, LBL, North Carolina and Volunteer divisions.Anglers will be competing for a Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy 1500 Silverado in the Boater Division and a new Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard in the Co-angler division. Anglers in both divisions are also 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 Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy."Pickwick Lake is fishing pretty good right now," said Castrol pro Darrel Robertson of Jay, Okla. "I haven't been on it in a couple of months, but I know how those TVA lakes fish. I'd be searching for the grass and any patch that I found I'd be targeting.""I think this tournament will probably be won shallow, in 3 feet of water or less" Robertson continued. "Anglers are going to be throwing squarebill crankbaits, spinnerbaits and chatterbaits. A lot of flipping will be going on too - I'd try a shallow tube."Robertson suggested that anglers first search out and find any grass, then move to the wood laydowns and cover. If neither pattern seems to be working, Robertson said that he'd look at the shallow milfoil in the mid-lake area.

This year's top five finishers in Volunteer Division boater category were Tim Hicks of Kingsport (1,048 points), J.R. Henard of Rogersville (1,046), Joe Lee of Knoxville (1,044), Guy Sams of Elizabethton (1,027) and Joe Leonard of Bristol, Va. (1,014).

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