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Phllips fishes his way to Walmart BFL Tour victory

Posted: June 5, 2012 2:02 p.m.
Updated: June 6, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Steve Phillips of Lugoff weighed a five-bass limit totaling 17 pounds, 1 ounce Saturday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League South Carolina Division event on Lake Wateree.
For his victory, Phillips earned $3,028.
Phillips edge fellow Lugoff resident, Scott Peavy, for the win. Peavy weighed in five bass which stopped the scales at an unlucky 13.13 pounds.
Phillips said the day was a grind as he made the best of the few opportunities which came his way.
“This tournament was slow and steady,” Phillips said. “I caught a couple of fish early in the morning, but the bite seemed to slow down a little bit after that. I only had seven bites all day.
“Later in the afternoon, the wind picked up and there was a lot of boat traffic, so it seemed there was a small window of time to catch fish. I saw a lot of guys fishing the grass, and I knew that there were fish there, but it wasn’t the size needed to win. I wanted to either do-or-die with the big fish.”
Phillips said one plus for him was his familiarity with what is his “home” lake.
“I live 15 minutes away from the lake and have been fishing Lake Wateree since the early 70s,” Phillips said. “I fished the mid-lake area looking for the steep drop-offs. I threw a crankbait all day long, fishing it from 10 to 15 feet deep.”
Phillips’ calculation as to what he thought it would take to win the tournament was nearly spot on.
“I figured that it was going to take 17 or 18 pounds to win, and I knew I had a pretty good bag when I was coming to the scales,” he said of the weigh-in. “I figured I was top three, but you never really know. I’m happy to get the win.”
Rounding out the top 10 pros were: 2nd: Scott Peavy, Lugoff, five bass, 13.13 pounds, $1,514; 3rd: Mark Inman, Greensboro, N.C., five bass, 13.7 pounds, $1,008; 4th: Rick McLean, Dalzell, five bass, 12.14 pounds, $707; 5th: Roby Kelley, Sumter, five bass, 12.8 pounds, $606; 6th: Dennis Reedy, Siler City, N.C., five bass, 11.12 pounds, $555; 7th: Derrick Compton, Columbus, N.C., three bass, 11.8 pounds, $505; 8th: Jason Perrego, Raeford, N.C., five bass, 11.5 pounds, $429; 8th: Daryl Watson, Matthews, N.C., five bass, 11.5 pounds, $429; 10th: Jeremiah Jensen, Columbia, five bass, 11.1 pounds, $353
D.J. McEachern of Columbia, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 13 pounds, 2 ounces Saturday to win $1,514 in the co-angler division.
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were: 2nd: Vernie Haltiwanger, Lexington, S.C., five bass, 9.5 pounds, $757; 3rd: Jerry Lineberger, Lincolnton, N.C., four bass, 8.14 pounds, $505; 4th: Stuart Toney, Raeford, N.C., three bass, 8.11 pounds, $353; 5th: Bobby Henderson, Charlotte,five bass, 8.10 pounds, $303; 6th:Michael Smith, Piedmont, five bass, 8.0 pounds, $278; 7th:Bobby Littlejohn, Spartanburg, two bass, 6.11 pounds, $252; 8th: Jamie Amerson, Pooler, Ga., three bass, 6.3 pounds, $202; 8th: Travis Decker, Dublin, Va., two bass, 6.3 pounds, $202; 8th: Jason Hueble, Whitmire, four bass, 6.3 pounds, $202
 The final BFL South Carolina Division tournament is scheduled for Sept. 29-30 on Clarks Hill Lake in McCormick, S.C. After that tournament is complete, the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 11-13 Regional Championship on Kerr Lake in Henderson, N.C.
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.
Top winners in the BFL can move up to the EverStart Series or may even make their way into fishing on the the Walmart FLW Tour.

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