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The FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bulldog Division tournament on Lake Lanier presented by Power-Pole took place this past Saturday. The winner for this event went to Byron Kenney of Griffin, Georgia. He weighed a five-bass limit totaling 16 pounds, 7 ounces to win. Kenney took home $4,763 in winnings.

Kenney said he started his day by running south to target bass in ditches that were 8- to 30-feet deep. He said he used a shad-colored Fish Head Spin and was able to get three spotted bass in the boat fairly quickly.

“The fish I caught were mostly from water that I had never been in before,” said Kenney, who earned his third career win in FLW competition. “They just happened to be in the type of structure that I was targeting and it worked out.”

Kenney said he fished the ditches for about an hour, then moved to shallower water and focused on wood and docks using a Citrus Shad-colored Strike King KVD HC Square Bill Silent Crankbait. He said he caught his fourth fish – a 5-pounder – near a lay-down.

“It was so deep in there that I have no idea how I caught it,” said Kenney. “I was very fortunate that I didn’t lose it when I was pulling up.”

The Georgia angler said he then went nearly five hours without a bite before catching his fifth and final keeper at 2:45 p.m. on a custom jig near some rock.

“After the day I had, I didn’t think I would have enough weight to win,” said Kenney. “I was quite surprised when I ended up on top. I guess it was meant to be.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

1st: Byron Kenney, Griffin, Ga., five bass, 16-7, $4,763

2nd: Brad Stalnaker, Milledgeville, Ga., five bass, 15-9, $2,381

3rd: Karey Dickerson, Dahlonega, Ga., five bass, 14-3, $1,585

4th: John Christopher, Watkinsville, Ga., five bass, 13-6, $1,111

5th: Phil Sanders, Hoschton, Ga., five bass, 13-5, $953

6th: William Rogers, Hiram, Ga., five bass, 12-12, $873

7th: Todd Goade, Suwanee, Ga., four bass, 12-9, $1,094

8th: Josh Maddox, Gainesville, Ga., five bass, 12-6, $674

8th: Pat Wallace, Lizella, Ga., five bass, 12-6, $674

10th: Tony Couch, Buckhead, Ga., five bass, 12-4, $505

10th: Rodger Beaver, Dawson, Ga., five bass, 12-4, $505

10th: Brad Wiley, Alto, Ga., five bass, 12-4, $505

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Phil Johnson of Cumming, Georgia, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division, a fish weighing 5 pounds, 10 ounces and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $710.

Ronald Harris of Jefferson, Georgia, weighed in five bass totaling 15 pounds, 13 ounces Saturday to earn $2,381 and win the co-angler division.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

1st: Ronald Harris, Jefferson, Ga., five bass, 15-13, $2,381

2nd: Wayne Hancock, Cumming, Ga., five bass, 12-6, $1,191

3rd: Noah Rega, Douglasville, Ga., four bass, 11-15, $1,146

4th: Scott Edwards, Jefferson, Ga., five bass, 10-14, $556

5th: Isaac Clemmons, Fitzgerald, Ga., five bass, 10-7, $476

6th: Harold Grizzle, Gainesville, Ga., five bass, 9-15, $437

7th: Emory Walden, Newnan, Ga., three bass, 9-2, $397

8th: Michael Wilder, Macon, Ga., four bass, 9-1, $357

9th: Tony Dimauro, Watkinsville, Ga., four bass, 8-9, $318

10th: Daniel Buswell Jr., Fayetteville, Ga., five bass, 8-8, $278

Rega caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 5 pounds, 4 ounces and earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $355.

The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 13-15 Regional Championship on Lake Seminole in Bainbridge, Georgia. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C 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 50 boaters and co-anglers from each division qualify for a regional tournament 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 BFL All-American. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.

For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the BFL on Facebook at Facebook.com/FLWFishing and on Twitter at Twitter.com/FLWFishing.

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