Local anglers Chatham, Pinkard place 6th in BFL tourney
By Paul Stackhouse
The FLW Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League brought its circuit to Decatur and Wheeler Lake on Saturday as 126 boats launched from Ingalls Harbor in search of largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass.
Greg Rollins of Monteagle, Tenn., brought in a five-bass limit that tipped the scales at 13 pounds, 11 ounces to claim first place. For his efforts, Rollins received a check for $3734.
Four local anglers, including two from Decatur, one from Hartselle and one from Athens, finished in the top 15 in the boater division.
Hartselle’s Mark Chatham and Decatur’s Terry Pinkard finished in a tie for sixth place ($768 each) on the boater side as both anglers brought in a bag of bass weighing 12-3. Edward Guice of Decatur finished in a tie for ninth place ($549) with Dennis Barnes of Boaz. Both anglers had 11-8.
Greg Buie of Athens and David Sharpe of Waynesboro, Tenn., ended the day in a tie for 14th place ($377) with 11-5.
Guice said it was a great day for catching bass but he wasn’t able to hook-up with a big fish to boost his weight. However, he did have two largemouth bass that weighed more than three pounds each.
“I knew what pattern I wanted to work, but I made a mistake,” Guice said. “A buddy of mine told me about a place where I could catch a limit, and it just didn’t work out. I wasted the early-morning bite doing something other than what I had planned to do.
“When I went to my pattern at about 8 in the morning, I started catching fish. I caught my limit and began culling around 9:30.”
Guice’s pattern was working a jig around shoreline structure.
“I wasn’t flipping,” Guice said. “But I was working a jig in the grass and bushes. The bass are just now starting to move into the bushes. It wasn’t a tough day but it wasn’t real easy to hook the fish either. If I tried to stick them too early, I would miss. I had to let the bass swim out of the weeds with the jig before they would swallow it.”
In the co-angler division, three local fishermen finished in the top 15.
Tim Collins of Douglasville, Ga., took top honors with a five-bass limit that weighed in at 12 pounds, 4 ounces. Collins received a $2197 check for his first place finish.
Randy Brewington of Moulton claimed seventh place ($366) with 9-12.
Athens angler Gary Derrick ended up in a three-way tie for eighth place ($293) at 9-7. Decatur’s Gary Borden wound up in a tie for 13th place ($194) with 8-12.
Big fish honors in the boater division went to Johnny Price Jr., of Brookwood with a bass weighing 6-3. Vinemont fisherman Jonathan Collins topped the co-angler side with a bass weighing 5-1.
Price won the big-fish pot of $630, while Collins collected $315.
The boater division is considered the professional side of the tournament where the anglers bring their own boat and pick where the two-person team (boater/co-angler) will be fishing.
The co-angler side is considered to be the amateur division where the fishermen has to cast from the back of the boat and has no official say as to the places they will visit.
The boater’s have to pay a higher entry fee ($200) to compete in the BFL and have the opportunity to win more money. Entry fee for the co-angler’s ($100) is lower but they don’t have to pay for things like gas, which can cost the boater a lot of money.
Bass Fishing League results
Boater top 10
1. Greg Rollins, Monteagle, Tenn., 13 pounds, 11 ounces, $3,734.
2. Danny Buckner, Woodville, 12-14, $1,562.
2. Danny Shell, Albertville, 12-14, $1,562.
2. Randal Thorp, Gardendale, 12-14, $1,562.
5. Tim Hurst, Oxford, 12-9, $879.
6. Mark Chatham, Hartselle, 12-3, $768.
6. Terry Pinkard, Decatur, 12-3, $768.
8. Brent Brady, Hixon, Tenn., 11-15, $659.
9. Dennis Barnes, Boaz, 11-8, $549.
10. Edward Guice, Decatur, 11-8, $549.
Co-angler top 10
1. Tim Collins, Douglasville, Ga., 12 pounds, 4 ounces, $2,197
2. Harold Weathers, Birchwood, Tenn., 11-6, $1,098
3. Perry Kennedy, Florence, 10-8, $733
4. James Swindle, Parrish, 10-2, $513
5. Jim Tabor, Cleveland, Tenn., 10-1, $439
6. Todd McAdams, Fayetteville, Tenn., 9-15, $403
7. Randy Brewington, Moulton, 9-12, $366
8. Gary Derrick, Athens, 9-7, $293
8. Todd Gordon, Horton, 9-7, $293
8. Jamie Muench, Hebron, Ky., 9-7, $293.
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