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Hallman completes wire-to-wire victory in FLW Tour event at Lake Lanier
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Bradley Hallman poses with the trophy Sunday after winning the Fishing League Worldwide Tour event at Lake Lanier in Gainesville. - photo by For The Times

Bradley Hallman caught a largemouth bass limit of 13 pounds, 1 ounce Sunday to complete his wire-to-wire victory in the Fishing League Worldwide Tour event at Lake Lanier in Gainesville.

The Oklahoma native, who hit a limit of spotted bass on each of the first three days of the event, earned $100,000 as part of his second-ever win on the FLW Tour. He weighed a total of 68 pounds, 4 ounces across the four-day competition, edging second-place finisher and fellow Oklahoma native Zach Birge by 2 pounds, 10 ounces.

“It was a great, great week,” Hallman said in a news release. “I probably fished the best week that I have ever fished in my entire life. I say that because I had to catch these fish a different way each day.”

Jason Johnson of Dawsonville claimed fourth place and a $20,000 prize with his total catch of 65 pounds, 1 ounce. He was among the 10 pros who competed on the final day of the event, nine of whom weighed five-bass limits.

Hallman said he relied on a ½-ounce, double willow-bladed, chartreuse and white War Eagle spinnerbait during Sunday’s competition.

“I’m really blessed and fortunate to win one tour event, let alone two,” Hallman said. “I’m real good at finishing 135th too, so I take the good with the bad and I’m just trying to enjoy this one for all I can.”

The FLW Tour continues with an event April 12-15 at Lake Cumberland in Somerset, Kentucky.

Compiled by Marcus Rodrigue

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