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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Birge Leads Pros into Final Day of Walmart FLW Tour on Lewis Smith Lake Presented by Evinrude

Birge Leads Pros into Final Day of Walmart FLW Tour on Lewis Smith Lake Presented by Evinrude

Oklahoma Rookie Takes Near Four-Pound Lead In To Final Day

JASPER, Ala., March 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- FLW Tour rookie Zack Birge of Blanchard, Oklahoma, caught a five-bass limit weighing 17 pounds, 11 ounces Saturday to extend his lead in a stacked top-20 field that included five former Angler of the Year winners and four Forrest Wood Cup champions. Birge now holds a 3-pound, 11-ounce edge over his closest competitor, legendary pro Clark Wendlandt of Leander, Texas, at the Walmart FLW Tour at Lewis Smith Lake presented by Evinrude. The field is now cut to the final 10 anglers as they enter the fourth and final day of competition in the event that featured 154 of the best bass-fishing anglers in the world competing for a top cash award of up to $125,000.

Link to photo of pro leader Zack Birge

"I will probably not be getting much sleep tonight," said Birge, who finished in 13(th) place at the FLW Tour season opener at Lake Toho just three weeks ago. "I had no expectations coming in to this event, and I had no idea that this tournament would turn out the way it has so far. It's been an awesome week. I'm fishing just like I do back home - shallow-water bushes - and just having fun."

Birge stuck to his largemouth pattern that he has had dialed in all week, even when many of his competitors chose to target the abundant Lewis Smith Lake spotted bass in the morning. He caught two largemouth very early in the day, then another eight to 10 keepers in the afternoon as the temperatures warmed.

"The spotted bass that I have been catching have been small, so I figured that I would try to catch a couple of largemouth early and get a few bonus fish," Birge said. "I was extremely fortunate to catch two of them early and it calmed me down. I knew the bite would turn on around noon, and it did."

Birge said that he stuck with the baits he has been working with all week, catching three largemouth off of beds with a lizard, two on a frog and the rest of his keepers on a Santone Lures buzzbait.

"I think with a near 4-pound lead, the plan for tomorrow is to go try and catch five spotted bass right away in the morning and get my mind right," said Birge. "Once I get five keepers in the boat, I'm going to go sit on my largemouth and make them bite. All that I can do is fish for the biggest bag that I can and we'll see what happens."

The top 10 pros advancing to the final day of competition Sunday on Lewis Smith Lake are:

1(st): Zack Birge, Blanchard, Okla., 15 bass, 54-8
2(nd): Clark Wendlandt, Leander, Texas, 15 bass, 50-13
3(rd): Tracy Adams, Wilkesboro, N.C., 15 bass, 49-10
4(th): Drew Benton, Panama City, Fla., 15 bass, 48-9
5(th): Jason Reyes, Huffman, Texas, 15 bass, 47-13
6(th): Scott Martin, Clewiston, Fla., 15 bass, 46-9
7(th): Dave Lefebre, Erie, Pa., 15 bass, 46-0
8(th): John Cox, Debary, Fla., 15 bass, 45-15
9(th): Livingston Lures pro Andy Morgan, Dayton, Tenn., 15 bass, 45-13
10(th): Clayton Batts, Macon, Ga., 15 bass, 45-12

Finishing in 11th through 20th are:

11th: Quaker State pro Matt Arey, Shelby, N.C., 15-3, 15 bass, 44-13, $12,000
12th: Ishama Monroe, Hughson, Calif., 15 bass, 43-14, $12,000
13th: Luke Clausen, Spokane, Wash., 15 bass, 43-12, $12,000
14th: Wesley Strader, Spring City, Tenn., 15 bass, 42-13, $12,000
15th: Anthony Gagliardi, Prosperity, S.C., 15 bass, 42-13, $12,000
16th: Jayme Rampey, Liberty, S.C., 15 bass, 42-6, $12,000
17th: Walmart pro David Dudley, Lynchburg, Va., 15 bass, 41-9, $12,000
18th: Adrian Avena, Vineland, N.J., 15 bass, 41-2, $12,000
19th: Scott Wiley, Bay Minette, Ala., 14 bass, 40-4, $12,000
20th: Shinichi Fukae, Palestine, Texas, 15 bass, 39-13, $12,000

Final results for the remaining field can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Overall there were 99 bass weighing 282 pounds, 4 ounces caught by pros Saturday. 19 of 20 pros weighed in five-bass limits.

Brad Roberts of Faubush, Kentucky, won the co-angler division and $20,000 Friday with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 32 pounds, 1 ounce, followed by hometown angler Todd Lee of Jasper, Alabama, in second place with 10 bass weighing 26 pounds, 12 ounces worth $7,500.

In addition to casting for top awards of up to $125,000 cash in the pro division and up to $25,000 cash in the co-angler division, anglers are also competing for valuable points in hopes of qualifying for the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of bass fishing. The 2015 Forrest Wood Cup will be in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Aug. 20-23 on Lake Ouachita and is hosted by Visit Hot Springs. The Forrest Wood Cup Champion could win as much as $500,000 - professional bass-fishing's richest prize.

Anglers will take off for the fourth and final day of competition from Smith Lake Dam Access located at 7482 Smith Lake Dam Road in Jasper at 7 a.m. on Sunday. Sunday's final weigh-ins will be held at the Smith Lake Dam Access beginning at 4 p.m.

Fans will also be treated to the FLW Expo on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at the Smith Lake Dam Access prior to the final weigh-ins. The Expo includes a Ranger boat simulator, the opportunity to interact with professional anglers, enjoy interactive games, activities and giveaways provided by sponsors, and learn more about the sport of fishing and other outdoor activities. All activities are free and open to the public.

Coverage of the Lewis Smith Lake tournament will be broadcast in high-definition (HD) on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) October 5 from 7 p.m.-8 p.m. EST when Season 20 of "FLW" returns this fall. The Emmy-nominated "FLW" television show airs on NBCSN, the Pursuit Channel and the World Fishing Network and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/FLWFishing and on Twitter at Twitter.com/FLWFishing.

ABOUT FLW
FLW is the industry's premier tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2015 over the course of 240 tournaments across five tournament circuits, four of which provide an avenue to the sport's richest payday and most coveted championship trophy - the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated "FLW" television show and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world. For more information about FLW visit FLWFishing.com and look for FLW on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Rookie Birge Takes Lead at Walmart FLW Tour Event on Lewis Smith Lake Presented by Evinrude

Rookie Birge Takes Lead at Walmart FLW Tour Event on Lewis Smith Lake Presented by Evinrude

Kentucky's Roberts Wins Co-Angler Title, $20,000

JASPER, Ala., March 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Fishing in just his second event as a professional, FLW Tour rookie Zack Birge of Blanchard, Oklahoma, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Friday weighing 17 pounds, 14 ounces to take the lead at the Walmart FLW Tour at Lewis Smith Lake presented by Evinrude. With less than six pounds separating first place from 10(th) place, the tournament is still very much up for grabs as we enter day three of the four-day event, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County, that features 154 of the best bass-fishing anglers in the world competing for a top cash award of up to $125,000.

Link to photo of pro leader Zack Birge

Birge's two-day total of 10 bass weighing 36 pounds, 13 ounces gives him a scant 1-pound lead over day one leader Drew Benton of Panama City, Florida, who brought five bass to the scale Friday totaling 15-1, for a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 35-13.

"I didn't get my first good bite until around 11 a.m. today," said Birge, who is the reigning Rayovac FLW Series champion. "The sun came out around noon and the water temperature rose about three degrees. Then the fishing gradually got better.

"I caught my first fish in about a foot of water on a frog, way back in the bushes," Birge continued. "That's Oklahoma fishing, and that's what I'm comfortable doing. I'm fishing shallow, flat pockets and flooded bushes.

"I'm throwing a Santone Lures buzzbait and a frog and bouncing back and forth between them. Yesterday they were tearing up the frog, but today they wouldn't really touch it. I stopped at a creek today where I had caught some fish yesterday on the frog, but I didn't get bit. Something didn't feel right, so I went back through with a buzzbait and ended up catching eight keepers."

Birge said that he caught around 10 keepers Friday, and his five-bass limit that he brought to the scale consisted entirely of largemouth.

"Tomorrow I'm going to go and try to catch five spotted bass in the morning and try to take some of the pressure off," Birge went on to say. "Then, hopefully the sun will come back up and warm the water up a little bit. I'm going to have three rods on my deck tomorrow - a buzzbait, a frog and a drop-shot rig. I hope I can get a few largemouth bites later in the day."

The top 20 pros that made the Buck Knives Cut and will fish Saturday on Lewis Smith Lake are:

1(st): Zack Birge, Blanchard, Okla., 10 bass, 36-13
2(nd): Drew Benton, Panama City, Fla., 10 bass, 35-13
3(rd): Clark Wendlandt, Leander, Texas, 10 bass, 33-8
4(th): Tracy Adams, Wilkesboro, N.C., 10 bass, 31-12
5(th): Scott Wiley, Bay Minette, Ala., 10 bass, 31-10
6(th): Ishama Monroe, Hughson, Calif., 10 bass, 31-7
7(th): Clayton Batts, Macon, Ga., 10 bass, 31-6
8(th): Jason Reyes, Huffman, Texas, 10 bass, 31-6
9(th): Scott Martin, Clewiston, Fla., 10 bass, 30-15
10(th): Livingston Lures pro Andy Morgan, Dayton, Tenn., 10 bass, 30-14
11(th): Jayme Rampey, Liberty, S.C., 10 bass, 30-6
12(th): Dave Lefebre, Erie, Pa., 10 bass, 30-6
13(th): Adrian Avena, Vineland, N.J., 10 bass, 29-12
14(th): Luke Clausen, Spokane, Wash., 10 bass, 29-11
15(th): Quaker State pro Matt Arey, Shelby, N.C., 10 bass, 29-10
16(th): Walmart pro David Dudley, Lynchburg, Va., 10 bass, 29-9
17(th): Shinichi Fukae, Palestine, Texas, 10 bass, 29-9
18(th): Wesley Strader, Spring City, Tenn., 10 bass, 29-5
19(th)" Anthony Gagliardi, Prosperity, S.C., 10 bass, 29-5
20(th): John Cox, Debary, Fla., 10 bass, 29-4

For a full list of results visit FLWFishing.com.

Dalton Cooksey of New Concord, Kentucky, won the Bridgford Big Bass Award on the pro side Friday with a bass weighing 7 pounds, 15 ounces to win the $500 prize.

Overall there were 742 bass weighing 1,715 pounds, 15 ounces caught by 153 pros Friday. The catch included 141 five-bass limits.

Brad Roberts of Faubush, Kentucky, won the co-angler division and $20,000 Friday with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 32 pounds, 1 ounce, followed by hometown angler Todd Lee of Jasper, Alabama, in second place with 10 bass weighing 26 pounds, 12 ounces worth $7,500.

"Fishing this tournament was a really great experience," said Roberts. "To come down to Alabama and get a win here against these great anglers really means a lot to me. This feels awesome."

The top 10 co-anglers finished:

1(st): Brad Roberts, Faubush, Ky., 10 bass, 32-1, $20,000
2(nd): Todd Lee, Jasper, Ala., 10 bass, 26-12, $7,500
3(rd): Cody Hammontree, Flat Rock, Ala., 10 bass, 23-13, $5,000
4(th): Lee Black, Danville, Ala., 10 bass, 23-5, $4,000
5(th): Nick Thliveros, St. Augustine, Fla., 10 bass, 22-11, $3,000
6(th): John Hunter, Shelbyville, Ky., 10 bass, 21-14, $2,500
7(th): Mike Devere, Berea, Ky., 20-15, nine bass, 20-15, $2,000
8(th): Casey Laughlin, Rowlett, Texas, 10 bass, 20-9, $1,800
9(th): Jimmy Kowalski, Lake Placid, Fla., 10 bass, 20-5, $1,700
10(th): Joey Cifuentes, Clinton, Ark., 10 bass, 19-11, $1,600

For a full list of results visit FLWFishing.com.

Roberts also caught Friday's Bridgford Big Bass in the co-angler division weighing 4 pounds, 15 ounces to win the $250 prize.

Overall there were 541 bass weighing 958 pounds, 10 ounces caught by co-anglers Friday. The catch included 69 five-bass limits.

In addition to casting for top awards of up to $125,000 cash in the pro division and up to $25,000 cash in the co-angler division, anglers are also competing for valuable points in hopes of qualifying for the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of bass fishing. The 2015 Forrest Wood Cup will be in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Aug. 20-23 on Lake Ouachita and is hosted by Visit Hot Springs. The Forrest Wood Cup Champion could win as much as $500,000 - professional bass-fishing's richest prize.

Anglers will take off from Smith Lake Dam Access located at 7482 Smith Lake Dam Road in Jasper at 7 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday and Sunday's final weigh-ins will be held at the Smith Lake Dam Access beginning at 4 p.m.

Fans will also be treated to the FLW Expo on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at the Smith Lake Dam Access prior to the final weigh-ins. The Expo includes a Ranger boat simulator, the opportunity to interact with professional anglers, enjoy interactive games, activities and giveaways provided by sponsors, and learn more about the sport of fishing and other outdoor activities. All activities are free and open to the public.

In conjunction with the FLW Expo, the FLW "Get Outdoors. Go Fish!" Youth Fishing Derby will also be held at Smith Lake Dam Access on Saturday from noon - 3 p.m. The derby is free and open to area youth 15 years of age and younger. FLW Tour pros who are not one of the top 20 anglers that make the Buck Knives Cut will be on hand to assist the youth. Pros Rich Dalbey and Todd Hollowell's "Hooked on Helping" foundation will also be hosting a food drive to benefit the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama and Feed My Sheep Ministries. FLW fans who donate five or more cans of food will be entered to win a $50 Walmart gift card.

Coverage of the Lewis Smith Lake tournament will be broadcast in high-definition (HD) on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) October 5 from 7 p.m.-8 p.m. EST when Season 20 of "FLW" returns this fall. The Emmy-nominated "FLW" television show airs on NBCSN, the Pursuit Channel and the World Fishing Network and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/FLWFishing and on Twitter at Twitter.com/FLWFishing.

ABOUT FLW
FLW is the industry's premier tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2015 over the course of 240 tournaments across five tournament circuits, four of which provide an avenue to the sport's richest payday and most coveted championship trophy - the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated "FLW" television show and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world. For more information about FLW visit FLWFishing.com and look for FLW on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.



SOURCE FLW

FLW

CONTACT: JOSEPH OPAGER, DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS, o: 612.337.1989 c: 218.434.0748, e: joseph.opager@jacobs-mgmt.com, twitter: @joeopager, www.flwfishing.com

Web Site: http://www.flwoutdoors.com


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