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Smallmouths Take King to Top

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JB King of Byrdstown, Tenn., won the May 7 Mountain Division event on Lake Cumberland with a 17-pound limit to grab a check worth nearly $6,000.
Co-angler Rushing nets title on Lake Cumberland
May 9, 2016 • MLF • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

J.B. King of Byrdstown, Tennessee, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 17 pounds even Saturday to win the third FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Mountain Division tournament of 2016 on Lake Cumberland. For his victory, King took home $5,972.

“I went down to the lower end of the lake to target smallmouth along rock bluffs,” says King, who earned the first win of his FLW career. “There was dirt and fine-gravel structure that attracting smallmouth. I fished stretches ranging from 100- to 600-feet long.”

“At my first area I caught my biggest bass of the day – a 4-11 – off of a gravel bank,” King continues. “I caught another keeper on a point before hooking two more from a bluff pocket. I spent 15 to 20 minutes in each spot and then moved on. I had five fish by 10:30 a.m.”

King used one bait to build his winning limit – a shaky-head rigged with a black and green-colored Zoom Finesse Mag Worm.

“You had to be patient and fish slow,” says King. “The fish were about 15 feet down and were either on a bed or guarding fry. Luckily I made something of my nine bites.”

The top 10 boaters:

1st:          J.B. King, Byrdstown, Tenn., five bass, 17-0, $5,972

2nd:         Terry Ledford, Gray, Ky., five bass, 16-5, $2,236

3rd:          Talmadge Marcum, McKee, Ky., five bass, 14-1, $1,492

4th:          Adam Wagner, Cookeville, Tenn., five bass, 13-9, $968

4th:          Mark Neal, Livingston, Tenn., five bass, 13-9, $968

6th:          Josh Tramel, Smithville, Tenn., five bass, 13-6, $820

7th:          Mark Morgan, Somerset, Ky., five bass, 13-4, $745

8th:          Michael Allen, Gainesboro, Tenn., five bass, 13-1, $671

9th:          Bart Hardy, Hazard, Ky., five bass, 12-14, $596

10th:        Dwight Fox, Gainesboro, Tenn., five bass, 12-9, $522

Complete results can be found here.  

Nick Neves of Brooklyn, Michigan, caught a 5-pound, 9-ounce bass – the biggest of the tournament in the pro division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $650.


Co-angler Chris Rushing of Gamaliel, Ky., won the May 7 Mountain Division event on Lake Cumberland with four bass weighing 11 pounds, 10 ounces to earn over $2,200.

Rushing wins co-angler title

Chris Rushing of Gamaliel, Kentucky, weighed in four bass totaling 11 pounds, 10 ounces, Saturday to win the co-angler division and earn $2,236.

The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:          Chris Rushing, Gamaliel, Ky., four bass, 11-10, $2,236

2nd:         Tyler Sheffield, Dry Ridge, Ky., five bass, 10-12, $1,118

3rd:          Justin Sensabaugh, Byrdstown, Tenn., three bass, 7-13, $745

4th:          Jason Stigall, Tateville, Ky., two bass, 7-12, $847

5th:          Ryan Joshi, Knoxville, Tenn., two bass, 7-7, $447

6th:          Todd Stopher, London, Ky., three bass, 7-6, $410

7th:          Shawn Overton, Coal Valley, Ill., three bass, 7-0, $373

8th:          Tony Baber, Dayton, Ohio, three bass, 6-15, $335

9th:          Kevin Simpson, Monticello, Ky., two bass, 6-10, $279

9th:          Brenton Clemons, Somerset, Ky., three bass, 6-10, $279

Stigall caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 4 pounds, 10 ounces and earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $325.

The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 6-8 Regional Championship on Lake Chickamauga in Dayton, Tennessee. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.