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Wilbanks Wins On Lake Lanier

 “I fished most of the north end of the lake,” Wilbanks continued. “I fished both river systems, both the Chesapeake and the Chattahoochee rivers, so I really covered a lot of water. I threw a crankbait a little bit, but mostly I just had a pattern throwing a jig around shallow cover and docks. I was throwing a brown jig with a Zoom twin-tailed grub on it. I had several bites in practice that I shook off, and I just went back to those places. I had to cover a lot of water, but at the end of the day I had five good fish.”
Rounding out the top 10 pros were:
            2nd:   Derrick Bridges, Greenville, S.C., five bass, 19-7, $2,364
            3rd:   Anthony Brooks, Sautee Nacoochee, Ga., five bass, 19-2, $1,576
            4th:    Mike Reid, Perry, Ga., five bass, 18-2, $1,103
            5th:    David Nichol, Gainesville, Ga., five bass, 17-9, $946
            6th:    Eric Aldrich, Cumming, Ga., five bass, 17-6, $867
            7th:    Steve Foster, Jasper, Ga., five bass, 17-4, $788
            8th:    Alex Posey, Roswell, Ga., five bass, 16-13, $709
            9th:    Rick Steckelberg, Gainesville, Ga., five bass, 16-9, $631
            10th: Jimmy Gooch, Jefferson, Ga., five bass, 15-2, $524
            10th:  Josh Panyard, Bethlehem, Ga., five bass, 15-2, $524
Complete results can be found at
Seth Kirkland of Cumming, Ga., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 15 pounds, 12 ounces Saturday to win $2,364 in the co-angler division.
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:
            2nd:   Brandon Truelove, Gainesville, Ga., five bass, 13-13, $1,182
            3rd:   Keith Howard, Perry, Ga., five bass, 13-7, $788
            4th:    Todd Forrester, Gainesville, Ga., five bass, 12-2, $552
            5th:    Harold Grizzle, Gainesville, Ga., five bass, 12-1, $473
            6th:    Benjamin Schooler, Clayton, Ga., four bass, 11-15, $433
            7th:    Greg Huckaby, Winder, Ga., four bass, 11-11, $394
            8th:    Jonathon Schooler, Gainesville, Ga., five bass, 11-2, $355
            9th:    William James, Lawrenceville, Ga., five bass, 10-10, $315
            10th: Walter James, Lilburn, Ga., five bass, 10-0, $276
The next BFL Bulldog Division tournament is scheduled for March 10 on Lake Seminole in Bainbridge, Ga. After the fifth Bulldog Division tournament is complete, the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 18-20 Regional Championship on Pickwick Lake in Florence, Ala. 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. The 2012 BFL All-American is being held May 17 – 19 on the Potomac River in National Harbor, Md. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the EverStart Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.