September 18, 2012
From Press Release, Sept. 17, 2012
Santos Solis of Vero Beach, Fla., weighed a two-day total of 10 bass totaling 47 pounds, 15 ounces to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Gator Division super tournament on Lake Okeechobee in Okeechobee, Fla., on Sunday. For his victory, Solis earned $6,743.
"Okeechobee was fishing really good for me,” said Solis. “I was very lucky and able to find the quality fish that I needed. I had found an area on Friday that I knew would produce the fish that I needed to dominate this tournament. It was a reed line on the south end of the lake right near Cochran's Pass. That was the only area that I fished throughout the whole tournament.”
Solis targeted the Okeechobee largemouth flipping a 1-ounce Medlock Jig trailered with a black and blue-colored Gambler Ugly Otter.
"I was flipping, using my heavy-action Halo Rod with a 65-pound-test braid line,” Solis continued. “I had to be able to crank them out of the thick cover. There were two-foot swells hitting me the entire time. It was rough out there.
“The area was pretty consistent for me,” Solis went on to say. “I boated eight keepers on Saturday and eight keepers on Sunday. I have to credit Toho Marine as well, as my boat held up great in the rough water. I couldn't have done it without them.”
Rounding out the top 10 pros were:
2nd: Don Demott, Boca Raton, Fla., 10 bass, 44-14, $3,371
3rd: Brandon Medlock, Lake Placid, Fla., 10 bass, 41-11, $2,248
4th: Keith Fels, Ocala, Fla., 10 bass, 40-15, $1,573
5th: Alex Pappas, Jensen Beach, Fla., 10 bass, 39-10, $1,349 + $1,000 Evinrude Bonus
6th: Norman Pellegrini, Windermere, Fla., eight bass, 38-2, $1,236
7th: Jim Folks, Melbourne, Fla., nine bass, 37-13, $1,124
8th: Steven Lake, Sebring, Fla., 10 bass, 37-10, $1,011
9th: Kyle Walters, Grant Valkaria, Fla., 10 bass, 34-11, $899
10th: Gary Simpson, Gainesville, Fla., 10 bass, 34-3, $787
Complete results can be found at FLWOutdoors.com.
Charles Alley of Stuart, Fla., weighed in 10 bass totaling 32 pounds, 11 ounces Sunday to win $3,372 in the co-angler division.
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:
2nd: Michael Wiles, Perry, Fla., eight bass, 29-6, $1,686
3rd: Brad McCullough, Ocala, Fla., 10 bass, 29-0, $1,121
4th: Joe Ventrello, Orlando, Fla., 10 bass, 28-3, $787
5th: Raymond Riendeau, St. Cloud, Fla., 10 bass, 28-2, $674
6th: David Hunter, Williston, Fla., nine bass, 27-12, $618
7th: Thad Talley, Pompano Beach, Fla., seven bass, 24-14, $562
8th: Jason Pike, Royal Palm Beach, Fla., 10 bass, 24-3, $506
9th: Michael Davis, Lake Wales, Fla., 10 bass, 23-10, $450
10th: Andrew Pulliam, Tampa, Fla., 10 bass, 23-3, $393
The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 4-6 Regional Championship on Lake Seminole in Bainbridge, Ga. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy Silverado, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518 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 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. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the EverStart Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.
FLW is the industry's premier tournament-fishing organization, providing unparalleled fishing resources and entertainment to our sponsors, fans and host communities. FLW is offering anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2012 over the course of 191 tournaments across five tournament circuits, each providing an avenue to the sport's richest payday and most coveted championship trophy – the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW is committed to providing a lifestyle experience that is the “Best in Fishing, On and Off the Water,” through a variety of platforms including tournaments, outdoor expos and the world's richest fantasy sports game – FLW Fantasy Fishing. For more information about FLW and FLW Fantasy Fishing, visit FLWOutdoors.com or FantasyFishing.com and look for FLW on Twitter and Facebook.