Jenkins Rides Umbrella Rig to Victory at Walmart BFL Event
Boater Larry Jenkins of Memphis, Tenn., earned $3,621 and a berth into the All-American championship as winner of the BFL Chevy Wild Card event on Lake Barkley.
The Walmart Bass Fishing League (BFL) Chevy Wild Card on Lake Barkley, which took place this past Saturday, Nov. 12, was won by Larry Jenkins of Memphis. Jenkins took the crown with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 37 pounds, 9 ounces. For his victory, Jenkins won a berth in the BFL All-American presented by Chevy and an optional pot worth $3,621. The Wild Card tournament is made up of BFL anglers who previously entered all five events within one of 24 divisions and did not qualify for their respective regional tournament.
"Practice was tough for me," said Jenkins. "I thought about leaving on Thursday before the tournament even started; a few of the guys I know actually did leave. But, I have never run from a tournament so I stayed and boy, I'm glad I did!
"On the first day of the tournament I found an area near Duncan Creek," continued Jenkins. "It was out of the wind and away from everyone else. I started throwing a five-hook umbrella rig and on my second cast I caught a 3 ½ - pounder and the fish just kept biting. I caught about 20 bass the first day; it was tremendous.
"The second day was even better," Jenkins went on to say. "I was culling 4-pounders. I used the umbrella rig all weekend. I didn't catch a fish on anything else. I was using three-inch swimbaits with flat tails on all five hooks. I had brought an old flipping stick I found laying around in my garage and tied it with some 60-pound braid because I had heard you need a strong rod to throw the umbrella rig. It worked perfectly. I had never used the umbrella rig before this tournament. Boy, are my arms sore."
Danny Mosley of Collinsville, Miss., won the Co-angler Division Saturday with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 27 pounds, 2 ounces. His efforts won him a berth in the BFL All-American presented by Chevy along with $1,887 from the optional pot.
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 one of six regional tournaments 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 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.
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