Michael Delvisco of Dandridge, Tennessee, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 11 pounds, 1 ounce, Sunday to win the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Music City Division Super Tournament on Old Hickory Lake, with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 28 pounds, 14 ounces. For his win, Delvisco took home $4,037.
“On Saturday I started shallow in the back of East Fork Station Camp Creek using a white Z-Man ChatterBait with a Yamamoto Shad Shape Worm,” says Delvisco, who earned his first win in BFL competition. “I caught some keepers, and then went out deep to fish mid-lake drops.”
Delvisco says he topped off Saturday’s limit using the ChatterBait and a VMC Swinging Rugby Jig. He says he wrangled a 5-pounder – the heaviest bass weighed in the event – toward the end of the day.
“On Sunday I went straight to my stretch of drops instead of going shallow,” says Delvisco. “I returned periodically to the most productive hole, which was a little ditch on a drop, and caught four good keepers. I had to be patient. I only had five bites Sunday compared to 12 the day before.”
Delvisco built his final-day limit using a football–head jig rigged with a crawdad, and the Swinging Rugby Jig with a green-pumpkin Yamamoto Kreature trailer.
The top 10 boaters:
1st: Michael Delvisco, Dandridge, Tenn., 10 bass, 28-14, $4,037
2nd: Donnie Rubel, Murfreesboro, Tenn., seven bass, 23-10, $2,116
3rd: Brandon Edel, Hendersonville, Tenn., 10 bass, 22-6, $1,278
4th: Anthony Nash, Quebeck, Tenn., 10 bass, 21-14, $894
5th: Daniel Johnson, Lebanon, Tenn., 10 bass, 21-12, $766
6th: Drew Boggs, Lebanon, Tenn., 10 bass, 21-2, $702
7th: J.B. King, Byrdstown, Tenn., 10 bass, 20-7, $739
8th: Tim Phy, Cookeville, Tenn., nine bass, 19-1, $875
9th: Dwight Fox, Gainesboro, Tenn., nine bass, 16-13, $511
10th: Robert Reagan, Byrdstown, Tenn., seven bass, 14-14, $447
Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.
Delvisco’s 5-pound bass also earned him the Boater Big Bass award of $206.
Lovely wins co-angler title
Edward Lovely of Manchester, Tennessee, won the co-angler division and earned $1,939 with a two-day cumulative catch of six bass weighing 19 pounds even.
The top 10 co-anglers:
1st: Edward Lovely, Manchester, Tenn., six bass, 19-0, $1,939
2nd: Kasey Brown, Pulaski, Tenn., seven bass, 14-3, $919
3rd: Diana Montgomery, Lebanon, Tenn., six bass, 13-9, $613
4th: Charles Bennington, Scottsville, Ky., four bass, 12-0, $429
5th: Larry Anderson, Hillsboro, Ohio, five bass, 11-8, $368
6th: Alex Hester, Crossville, Tenn., six bass, 10-14, $337
7th: Michael Birdwell, Granville, Tenn., four bass, 10-1, $547
8th: J.P. Sims, Cookeville, Tenn., six bass, 9-0, $276
9th: Mitchell Adams, Goodletsville, Tenn., five bass, 8-10, $245
10th: Michael Weimann, Murfreesboro, Tenn., five bass, 8-2, $215
Birdwell caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 4 pounds, 14 ounces, and earned the Co-angler Big Bass award of $191.
The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 27-29 Regional Championship on Lake Hartwell in Seneca, South Carolina. 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.