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Kicker Smallmouths Carry Chambers to Title

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Chip Chambers Angler: Chip Chambers.
Blakely wins co-angler title
April 8, 2018 • MLF • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

Chip Chambers of Elizabethton, Tennessee, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Volunteer Division event on South Holston Reservoir Saturday after catching five bass weighing 18 pounds, 4 ounces. Chambers earned $6,718 for his win.

“I started out cranking some secondary points for prespawn bass on the lower end of the lake,” says Chambers, who notched his first career win in FLW competition. “They were sitting out in 8 to 12 feet of water just waiting for the conditions to be right to head up and spawn.”

Chambers says he used a Rapala DT6 crankbait, custom painted by Norris Lake Baits, and a CP Custom Baits Series 3 crankbait to catch his fish. Around 10 a.m., a change in the weather made Chambers switch patterns and target fish in deeper water.

“I picked up a Sexy Lavender-colored (Major League Lures) Boom Shad swimbait with a ½-ounce head and moved out to more main-channel points,” says Chambers. “The points had some mud and a mix of clay and chunk rock and I ended up catching two 5-pound smallmouth.”


The top 10 boaters:

1st:          Chip Chambers, Elizabethton, Tenn., five bass, 18-4, $4,718 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus

2nd:         Todd Nidiffer, LaFollette, Tenn., five bass, 17-4, $1,859

3rd:          Kevin Powers, Unicoi, Tenn., five bass, 17-3, $1,238

4th:          Wes Crager, Knoxville, Tenn., five bass, 16-5, $867

5th:          Steve Coleman, Clayton, Ga., five bass, 16-3, $744

6th:          Eddie Ball, Newport, Tenn., five bass, 15-13, $651

6th:          Craig Powers, Rockwood, Tenn., five bass, 15-13, $1,136

8th:          Steven Brady, Woodlawn, Va., five bass, 15-6, $558

9th:          Brian Bogart, Jonesborough, Tenn., five bass, 15-2, $496

10th:        Jessie Hall, Sweetwater, Tenn., five bass, 14-14, $634

Complete results can be found at

Craig Powers brought a 6-pound, 4-ounce bass to the scale – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $485.


Blakely wins co-angler title

David Blakely of Kingsport, Tennessee, won the Co-angler Division and $1,959 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 13 pounds, 8 ounces.


The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:          David Blakely, Kingsport, Tenn., five bass, 13-8, $1,959

2nd:         Colton Bryan, Sevierville, Tenn., four bass, 11-8, $929

3rd:          Jose Ramirez, Barbourville, Ky., three bass, 11-2, $526

3rd:          Shawn Hudson, Bristol, Va., four bass, 11-2, $526

5th:          Chad Ball, Abingdon, Va., four bass, 10-11, $372

6th:          Richard Pugh, Knoxville, Tenn., three bass, 10-1, $341

7th:          Austin Compton, Raven, Va., four bass, 9-15, $310

8th:          Ryan Godsey, Chickamauga, Ga., three bass, 9-6, $279

9th:          Cody Hammons, Bluff City, Tenn., four bass, 8-14, $232

9th:          Joshua Jernigan, Rocky Top, Tenn., three bass, 8-14, $232

Scott Pittman of Powell, Tennessee, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division weighing in at 6 pounds, 13 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $242.


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. 18-20 BFL Regional Championship on Lake Norman in Huntersville, North Carolina. 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.