Daniel Johnson of Lebanon, Tennessee, brought five bass weighing 18 pounds, 7 ounces, to the scale Saturday to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Music City Division tournament on Old Hickory Lake presented by Navionics. Johnson took home $3,418 for his victory.
“I caught my fish on the upper end of the lake,” says Johnson, who earned his first career-win in FLW competition. “They were all from isolated wood – the bigger the wood, the better. I focused on bass in 1 to 3 feet of water and caught 11 keepers throughout the day.”
Johnson said he used tubes and beaver-style baits with a 5/8-ounce Jenko Fishing Creature Weight to catch his fish, and that he preferred black-and-blue and green-pumpkin colors.
“I had a limit early, but after the sun poked through I culled four of them out,” says Johnson. “The sunshine concentrated bass in the cover, which made them more predictable. I could hit the high-percentage areas and skip a lot more water. Everything just seemed to align with how I was fishing.”
The top 10 boaters:
1st: Daniel Johnson, Lebanon, Tenn., five bass, 18-7, $3,418
2nd: Dwight Fox, Gainesboro, Tenn., five bass, 17-4, $1,909
3rd: Jason Lee, Baxter, Tenn., five bass, 14-9, $1,138
4th: Hunter Bouldin, McMinnville, Tenn., five bass, 13-12, $898
5th: Beau Grissim, Lebanon, Tenn., five bass, 13-11, $684
6th: John Hopkins, Hendersonville, Tenn., five bass, 13-3, $627
7th: Rodney Allen, Clarkrange, Tenn., five bass, 13-2, $570
8th: Terry Steele, Sparta, Tenn., five bass, 12-7, $933
9th: Steve Whitaker, Scottsville, Ky., five bass, 12-5, $456
10th: Josh Tramel, Smithville, Tenn., five bass, 12-0, $399
Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.
Steele caught a 5-pound, 13-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $420.
Jaylen Andrews of Culleoka, Tennessee, won the Co-angler Division and $1,709 Saturday after catching three bass weighing 11 pounds, 15 ounces.
The top 10 co-anglers were:
1st: Jaylen Andrews, Culleoka, Tenn., three bass, 11-15, $1,709
2nd: John Davenport, Huntsville, Ala., five bass, 9-6, $712
2nd: Joey Myers, Gallatin, Tenn., five bass, 9-6, $912
4th: Matthew Bouldin, Smithville, Tenn., five bass, 8-11, $399
5th: Greg O’Neal, Winchester, Tenn., four bass, 8-8, $342
6th: Edward Lovely, Manchester, Tenn., three bass, 7-12, $363
7th: Roland Wade, Rocky Face, Ga., three bass, 6-15, $285
8th: Mark Wedan, Freetown, Ind., three bass, 6-11, $256
9th: Corey Poss, Smithville, Tenn., two bass, 6-10, $438
10th: Joey D'Andrea, Knoxville, Tenn., three bass, 6-7, $199
Poss caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division – a fish weighing 4 pounds, 13 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $210.
The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 12-14 BFL Regional Championship on Wheeler Lake in Decatur, Alabama. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard.