Dobbins, Montgomery bass tournament champions
Patrick Dobbins of Opelika, Ala., and Wayne Montgomery of Lake Wales, Fla., were pro angler and co-angler champions in last week’s three-day Bulldog, Bama, Everglades and Dixie Divisions of the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League (BFL) Regional Championship on Lake Seminole.
Dobbins, who was second going into the final day of competition with 36 pounds, 5 ounces, told the final 12 weigh-in audience Saturday at the Bainbridge Wal-Mart that he caught his fish flipping over grass with a creature bait and a 65-pound test line up the Chattahoochee River. He caught 11 pounds, 9 ounces Saturday.
Bainbridge co-angler Don Mullis just missed the final day top 12 weigh-in, finishing 13th with 11 pounds, 6 ounces.
Lake Seminole legend Jack Wingate was on hand to congratulate the two champions.
For their championships, Dobbins and Montgomery each received a Ranger 198 XV boat with a choice of a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Yamaha motor. Dobbins also received a Chevrolet 1500 Silverado.
Billy Bowen Jr. of Ocala, Fla., who was the pro leader following Thursday’s first day of competition, with 15 pounds, 9 ounces, finished second overall with 28 pounds, 10 ounce.
Capturing third place among the pro anglers was Ty Garrett of Pulaski, Tenn., with 26 pounds, 4 ounces.
Co-angler champion Montgomery finished with 25 pounds, 2 ounces.
Taking second and third in the co-angler division were Ray Holloway of Snellville, Ga., with 21 pounds, 15 ounces, and Michael Corbett of Oxford, Ala., with 20 pounds, 11 ounces.
The top six pro anglers and co-anglers in the Lake Seminole tournament will advance to the Wal-Mart BFL All-American.
Finishing fourth, fifth and sixth among the pro anglers were Jay Brewer of Collinwood, Tenn., with 25 pounds, 3 ounces; Charles Cummings of Leeds, Ala., with 23 pounds, and Jason Counsil of Casselberry, Fla., with 22 pounds, 11 ounces.
The fourth- through sixth-place finishers in the co-angler division were Joe Edwards Jr. of Kissimmee, Fla., with 19 pounds, 6 ounces; Jay Galamore of Auburn, Ala., with 18 pounds, 6 ounces, and Randy Hill of Jonesboro, Ga., with 17 pounds, 6 ounces.