GREENVILLE, Miss.–Now that the summer heat is pouring down on the state, a select few are hitting the water.
This particular group isn’t necessarily going in to the water, rather casting a rod from above it.
The FLW tour is the country’s premiere fishing circuit and Mississippians aren’t left out when it comes to great fishing in the Magnolia state.
Over the last weekend Joel Barber of Brandon, Miss. weighed a five-bass limit totaling 20 pounds, 7 ounces to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Mississippi Division event on Lake Ferguson.
Barber took home the cash prize of $3,641 for the victory.
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 in the Walmart BFL All-American.
The 2013 BFL All-American is being held June 27–29 on Nickajack Lake in Chattanooga, Tenn.
The rest of the standings from the Lake Ferguson tournament are below:
2nd: Scott Hambleton, Madison, Miss., two bass, 5-8, $908
3rd: Larry Brickey, Steens, Miss., three bass, 5-7, $606
4th: Timmy Sullins, Laurel, Miss., two bass, 4-13, $424
5th: Jesse Steadham, Florence, Miss., two bass, 4-0, $363
6th: John Breeden, Brandon, Miss., three bass, 3-14, $333
7th: Ryan LeCompte, Picayune, Miss., two bass, 3-10, $303
8th: Shane Cade, Clinton, Miss., two bass, 3-6, $242
8th: Joseph Marty, Starkville, Miss., one bass, 3-6, $242
8th: Steve Upton, Crystal Springs, Miss., one bass, 3-6, $242