Spivey ends Ohio River tourney on top
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David Spivey of Hamilton, Ohio, earned $3,848 July 23 as winner of the
Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Hoosier Division event on the Ohio River.
Ind. — Boater David Spivey of Hamilton, Ohio, earned $3,848 Saturday as
winner of the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Hoosier Division event on
the Ohio River. The tournament was the fourth of five regular-season
Hoosier Division events and earned Spivey 200 points in the Boater
Spivey's winning catch of four bass weighed 9 pounds, 14 ounces. Spivey
threw tubes and white spinnerbaits around woody cover in shallow creeks
to catch his bass. He earned an additional $1,000 as winner of the
Bombardier contingency bonus.
Finishing second was Michael Trueblood of Madison with five bass
weighing 9 pounds, 7 ounces that earned him $1,924. Marty Sisk of
Evansville claimed $1,255 as the third-place finisher thanks to three
bass weighing 7 pounds. In fourth was Craig Mills of Hamilton, Ohio,
with five bass weighing 6 pounds, 7 ounces worth $979, and finishing
fifth and earning $805 was Donald Paulin of Tell City with three bass
weighing 5 pounds, 15 ounces.
Trueblood earned an additional $500 as winner of the Ranger Cup award.
Frank McClain of Scottsburg took Boater Division big-bass award honors,
earning $605 for a 4-pound, 12-ounce bass. He caught his big bass on a
Walter Class of Bloomfield earned $1,855 as the co-angler winner,
thanks to two bass weighing 3 pounds, 10 ounces that he caught on a
spinnerbait and a Berkley Power Worm.
Rounding out the top five co-anglers were (in a second-place tie) Mike
Fanthrop of Union, Ky., and Barry Ward of Louisville, Ky. Fanthrop
caught one bass weighing 3 pounds, 8 ounces and Ward caught three bass
weighing 3 pounds, 8 ounces. Each co-angler earned $768. In fourth was
Daniel Langton of Haubstadt with two bass weighing 2 pounds, 12 ounces
worth $472, and in fifth place was Ken Heckel of Lamar with one bass
weighing 2 pounds, 6 ounces worth $388.
Fanthrop earned $285 as the co-angler big-bass award winner with his 3-pound, 8-ounce bass he caught on a crankbait.
The Hoosier Division will wrap up its regular season Sept. 17-18 with a
two-day Super Tournament on the Ohio River near Lawrenceburg.
Following the regular season, the Hoosier Division boater with the most
points will earn $1,000 as the Yamaha "Be the Best” points champion.
The co-angler amassing the most points will earn $500 as the Yamaha “Be
the Best” points champion in the Co-angler Division.
Every angler who receives weight credit in a tournament earns points,
with 200 points going to the winner, 199 for second, 198 for third, and
so on except for Super Tournaments, which award 300 points to the
winner, 299 for second, 298 for third, and so on. The top 40 Hoosier
Division boaters and co-anglers based on year-end points standings will
advance to the Ohio River Regional near Paducah, Ky., Oct. 11-15 where
they will compete against Arkie, Great Lakes and Michigan Division
anglers for one of six slots in the 2006 All-American. With a total
purse of $1 million and a potential $140,000 cash prize going to the
winning boater and $70,000 going to the winning co-angler, the
All-American is one of the most prestigious and lucrative events in
The $8.4 million Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League features 28 divisions
nationwide. In BFL competition, boaters and co-anglers are randomly
paired, with boaters supplying the boat and fishing against other
boaters and co-anglers fishing from the back deck against other
co-anglers. For more information or to enter a tournament, call (270)
252-1000 or browse FLWOutdoors.com.
Named after the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, Forrest L. Wood, FLW
Outdoors administers the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League and seven other
national tournament circuits offering a combined $30 million in awards
through 214 events in 2005. The 27-year-old organization is the
purveyor of America"s largest and most prestigious fishing tournaments,
including the Wal-Mart FLW Tour, EverStart Series, Wal-Mart Bass
Fishing League, Wal-Mart Texas Tournament Trail, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye
Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye League, Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Tour and
Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series.
Wal-Mart and many of America’s largest and most respected companies
support FLW Outdoors and its tournament trails. Wal-Mart signed on as
title sponsor of the FLW Tour in 1997 and today is the title sponsor of
all FLW Outdoors events. For more information on Wal-Mart, visit