CLEWISTON, Fla. (Jan. 7, 2013) – Steven Stinson of Pickering, Ontario, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 32 pounds, 10 ounces Saturday to win the Bass Fishing League Gator Division event on Lake Okeechobee in Clewiston, Fla. For his victory, Stinson earned $6,011.

Rounding out the top 10 pros were:

2nd: Jim Hurlock Jr., Lake Worth, Fla., five bass, 26-5, $3,006

3rd: Andrew Lee, Cocoa, Fla., five bass, 19-7, $1,702

3rd: Michael Meisenheimer, Sunrise, Fla., four bass, 19-7, $1,702

5th: Jim Folks, Melbourne, Fla., five bass, 19-2, $1,202

6th: Billy Jackson Jr., Ocala, Fla., five bass, 18-15, $1,102

7th: Miles Burghoff, Orlando, Fla., five bass, 18-10, $1,002

8th: Doug Harris, Loxahatchee, Fla., five bass, 16-9, $902

9th: Jimmie Murphy, Ocala, Fla., five bass, 16-8, $802

10th: Keith Fels, Ocala, Fla., five bass, 16-6, $701


James Trudel of Boca Raton, Fla., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 17 pounds, 14 ounces Saturday to win $3,006 in the co-angler division. Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:


2nd: Robert Turcotte, Naples, Fla., five bass, 14-2, $3,006

3rd: Scott Crisafulli, Sunrise, Fla., five bass, 13-12, $1,503

4th: Brock Stanaland, Okeechobee, Fla., five bass, 12-15, $1,008

5th: Raymond Rupp, The Villages, Fla., five bass, 12-13, $701

6th: James Atkins, Okeechobee, Fla., five bass, 12-5, $601

7th: Keith Stills, Eustis, Fla., five bass, 12-2, $551

8th: James Blount, Rockledge, Fla., five bass, 12-1, $501

9th: Jay Trudel, Boca Raton, Fla., five bass, 12-0, $451

10th: Michael Dubick, Coral Springs, Fla., five bass, 11-14, $401


The next BFL Gator Division tournament is scheduled for Feb. 16 on Lake Okeechobee in Okeechobee, Fla. After the fifth divisional tournament is complete, the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 3–5 Regional Championship on Lake Guntersville, Ala. 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.