Boggs took home $3,028 for his victory.
“I went out there and did what I’m most confident in, and that’s pitching and flipping shallow cover,” said Boggs, who logged his second win of 2016 in BFL competition. “I hit four creeks with shallow wood near the banks. All of my areas were mid-lake to 15 miles north.”
Boggs said he used both a green pumpkin-colored and a tilapia-colored Texas-rigged Big Bite Baits Craw Tube to catch his fish. He said one was rigged with a skirted Jiggy Weight, and the other was attached to a regular Jiggy Weight.
“The Craw Tube with the skirted weight caught my biggest fish,” said Boggs. “Jiggy Weights make the bait slide and glide through cover better. It’s more flat, so when you pop the bait and kill it, it glides better than a regular jig.”
Boggs said he ended up catching 13 keepers throughout the event.
“All of my fish came in less than 2 feet of water,” said Boggs. “In the middle of the summer when things get hot, they get up shallow on this lake. It’s unusual but that’s where they were.”
The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
• Drew Boggs, Lebanon, five bass, 13-10, $3,028
• Ty Garrett, Pulaski, five bass, 12-11, $1,514
• Tim Staley, Dowelltown, five bass, 12-5, $1,008
• Jeremy Nash, Cookeville, five bass, 12-1, $707
• Michael Wooten, Goodlettsville, five bass, 11-13, $606
• Danny Heicher, Murfreesboro, four bass, 11-10, $555
• Scott Lefevers, Hermitage, four bass, 11-5, $805
• Jayson Johnson, Smithville, five bass, 11-4, $454
• Danny Boggs, Fayetteville, five bass, 11-1, $404
• Daniel Johnson, Lebanon, five bass, 10-14, $353
Complete results can be found at flwfishing.com.
Mickey Beck, of Lebanon, caught a bass weighing 5 pounds, 6 ounces – the biggest of the tournament in the pro division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $355.
Darryl Humphrey, of Murfreesboro, weighed in five bass totaling 11 pounds, 1 ounce, Saturday to win the co-angler division and earn $1,445.
The top 10 co-anglers were:
• Darryl Humphrey, Murfreesboro, five bass, 11-1, $1,445
• Ricky England, Sparta, four bass, 9-9, $722
• Gregory Goodwin, Louisville, Ky., four bass, 9-4, $480
• Phil Williams Jr., Jamestown, Ky., five bass, 9-0, $337
• Richard Walker, Franklin, three bass, 8-13, $289
• Chris Tarpley, Murfreesboro, three bass, 8-1, $430
• Jeremy Richardson, Hendersonville, four bass, 7-5, $241
• Jason McCanless, Lebanon, three bass, 6-9, $217
• Jacob Foutz, Charleston, two bass, 6-1, $193
• Kevin Lamb, Gallatin, three bass, 6-0, $169
Tarpley caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 4 pounds, 15 ounces, and earned the day’s co-angler big bass award of $165.
The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 27-29 Regional Championship on Lake Hartwell in Seneca, S.C. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.
The BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 120 tournaments throughout the season, five in each division. The top 50 boaters and co-anglers from each division qualify for a regional tournament and 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 winners in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.
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