Sanders Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on West Point LakeSanders Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on West Point Lake Wayne Sanders of Fayetteville, Ga., won the Bass Fishing League Bulldog Division bass fishing tournament on West Point Lake
LANETT, Ala. (May 19, 2008) - Boater Wayne Sanders of Fayetteville, Ga., won the Bass Fishing League Bulldog Division bass fishing tournament on West Point Lake Saturday with a five-bass catch weighing 11 pounds, 5 ounces. The victory earned Sanders $4,113 and placed him one step closer to qualifying for the Lake Murray Regional Championship in Columbia, S.C., Oct. 23-25, where he could ultimately win a new 198VX Ranger boat and a Chevy truck.
"It feels wonderful to win," said Sanders. "It's been a long time coming and you can't beat winning on your home lake."
Sanders said he caught a total of 15 keepers Saturday from 20 different areas.
"I worked hard to catch all 15 keepers. I would leave one spot and go to another spot and then come back. I fished all the way up to Highway 109 and down to West Point Dam."
Sanders caught his bass throwing a Zoom Fluke Worm around rocks.
Rounding out the top five boaters are Anthony Shy of Covington, Ga. (three bass, 10-12, $2,419); Kim Carver of Milledgeville, Ga. (four bass, 10-00, $1,614); Tim Malcolm of Americus, Ga. (five bass, 9-05, $1,129) and Micah Frazier of Newnan, Ga. (five bass, 9-02, $968).
Shy took home the Boater Division Snickers Big Bass award, earning $730 for a 5-pound, 14-ounce bass he caught on buzzbait.
Joel Hobgood of Sharpsburg, Ga., earned $2,419 as the co-angler winner Saturday thanks to five bass weighing 8 pounds, 13 ounces that he caught on a ChatterBait and shaky head.
Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Eric Dowell of Suwanee, Ga. (three bass, 8-08, $1,210); Jevaris Johnson of Acworth, Ga. (four bass, 8-02, $807); Michael Burrell of Marietta, Ga. (four bass, 7-05, $565) and Michael Williams of Dallas, Ga. (five bass, 7-03, $484).
Dowell earned $365 as the co-angler Big Bass winner after catching a 6-pound, 4-ounce bass he caught on a buzzbait.
A two-day Super Tournament, the division's fifth and final event, will be held on Lake Eufaula in Eufaula. Ala, Sept. 13-14.