Mississippi Angler Wins BFL Event in Home State

#Boater Roger Stegall of Iuka, Miss., won the Walmart BFL tournament title on Pickwick Lake with a 24-pound, 12-ounce catch. Stegall won a first-place prize of $5,304 at the Mississippi River Division event as well as $2,000 for winning the Ranger Cup bonus.FLW

Boater Roger Stegall of Iuka, Miss., caught a five-bass limit weighing 24 pounds, 12 ounces March 12 to win $7,304 in the BFL Mississippi Division tournament on Pickwick Lake.

The remaining top-10 boaters from the event included:

  • 2nd: Andy Houpt, Mantachie, Miss., five bass, 20-1, $2,652
  • 3rd: Steve Hatch, Long Beach, Miss., five bass, 18-10, $1,768
  • 4th: Jon Simpson, Florence, Ala., five bass, 18-5, $1,238
  • 5th: T.A. Cook III, Booneville, Miss., five bass, 17-12, $1,061
  • 6th: Jon Butler Jr., Cordova, Tenn., five bass, 17-3, $972
  • 7th: Gary Harlan, Tishomingo, Miss., five bass, 16-12, $884
  • 8th: Sam Moody, Athens, Ala., five bass, 16-10, $796
  • 9th: Brad McCulley, Courtland, Miss., five bass, 16-7, $707
  • 10th: Nathan Ashmore, Baldwyn, Miss., five bass, 16-5, $588
  • 10th: Charles Crouch, Waterloo, Ala., five bass, 16-5, $588

Hodge captures co-angler title

Blake Hodge of Water Valley, Miss., caught a five-bass limit weighing 21 pounds, 4 ounces March 12 to win $2,652 in the Co-angler Division.

The remaining top-10 co-anglers from the event included:

  • 2nd: Tim Callahan, Houston, Miss., five bass, 15-13, $1,326
  • 3rd: Anthony Clayton, Muscle Shoals, Ala., five bass, 15-4, $887
  • 4th: Mark Sullivan, Collinsville, Miss., five bass, 15-3, $619
  • 5th: Mitchell Ray, Florence, Ala., five bass, 14-14, $530
  • 6th: John Breeden, Brandon, Miss., five bass, 14-12, $486
  • 7th: Tracy Taylor, Tupelo, Miss., five bass, 14-11, $442
  • 8th: Ricky Dudley, Greenville, Miss., five bass, 13-9, $398
  • 9th: Drew Bishop, Germantown, Tenn., five bass, 13-5, $354
  • 10th: Kenneth Underwood, Columbus, Miss., five bass, 13-2, $309

The next BFL Mississippi Division tournament is scheduled for April 9 on Ross Barnett Reservoir in Brandon, Miss. After the fifth Mississippi Division tournament is complete, the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 13-15 Regional Championship on Wheeler Lake in Decatur, Ala. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger 198VX with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy pick-up, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger 198VX with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.

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