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Jewell Camps on Point for Wheeler W

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Eddie Jewell Angler: Eddie Jewell.
Markus takes co-angler title
March 18, 2019 • MLF • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

Eddie Jewell of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 21 pounds even to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Choo Choo Division tournament on Wheeler Lake. Jewell earned $3,747 for his efforts.

Jewell says he primarily ran chunk rock banks and gravel bars on the lower end of the lake near First and Second creeks, and caught the majority of his fish in 4 to 6 feet of water. He describes his main area as a chunk rock and gravel point heading into a pocket off of the main river.

“I struggled early – it was probably 8 [a.m.] by the time I found my fish,” says Jewell, who earned his first win in FLW competition. “On Monday in practice I’d found a couple fish on a spot with gravel and chunk rock, and when I went to it Saturday, they were loaded on it. I pretty much stayed there all day.”

Jewell used a chartreuse and white-colored custom vibrating jig with a white Zoom Super Fluke Jr. trailer and a crawfish-colored Strike King 1.5 KVD Rattling square-billed crankbait to catch his fish. He caught 15 fish on the vibrating jig, with three largemouth and one smallmouth reaching the scale, and six or seven fish on the crankbait, with one smallmouth topping off the limit.

“I started off with the vibrating jig, and went to the crankbait every once in a while,” says Jewell. “In clear water I went with the crankbait, and when it was stained I used the vibrating jig.”

During the final 90 minutes of his day, Jewell said he made a “milk-run” through some “big-fish” spots, eventually landing the heaviest bass of the tournament in the Boater Division – a 6-pound, 3-ouncer.

“The fish was on big chunk rock offshore and there was a boat sitting right on top of it. I waited for the boat to leave, then threw up  there and caught it on the vibrating jig,” says Jewell. “It was out in 12 feet of water.”

 

The top 10 boaters:

 1st: Eddie Jewell, Lawrenceburg, Tenn., five bass, 21-0, $3,747

 2nd: Lavoyd Lemmond, Decatur, Ala., five bass, 18-12, $1,868

 3rd: Rick Williams, Decatur, Ala., five bass, 18-2, $1,112

 4th: Donny Beck, Killen, Ala., five bass, 16-10, $779

 5th: Tony Harvey, Rogersville, Ala., five bass, 16-7, $667

 6th: Jimmy Mason, Rogersville, Ala., five bass, 16-6, $612

 7th: Ricky Parpolowicz, Decatur, Ala., five bass, 16-1, $556

 8th: Chaz McMahan, Leoma, Tenn., five bass, 16-0, $501

 9th: Jett Loach, Chickamauga, Ga., four bass, 15-11, $545

 10th: Trey Gamble, Helena, Ala., five bass, 15-5, $369

 10th: Kenneth Smith, Tullahoma, Tenn., five bass, 15-5, $369

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Jewell’s 6-pound, 3-ounce bass also earned him the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $410.

 

Co-angler Zach Markus

Markus wins co-angler title

Zach Markus of Nashville, Tennessee, won the Co-angler Division and $1,873 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 18 pounds even.

 

The top 10 co-anglers:

 1st: Zach Markus, Nashville, Tenn., five bass, 18-0, $1,873

 2nd: Cody Davis, Hico, Texas, four bass, 15-3, $834

 3rd: Tony Hill, Chatsworth, Ga., five bass, 14-5, $658

 4th: Charles Billingsley, Huntsville, Ala., five bass, 13-12, $361

 4th: Audie Aultman, Knoxville, Tenn., five bass, 13-12, $361

 6th: Jeff Morgan, Kennesaw, Ga., five bass, 13-11, $356

 7th: Shane Jewell, Lawrenceburg, Tenn., three bass, 13-4, $278

 8th: Raymond Hanlon, Chattanooga, Tenn., five bass, 13-1, $250

 9th: Randall Wiggins, Birmingham, Ala., five bass, 13-0, $222

 10th: Ethan Flack, Cullman, Ala., three bass, 11-10, $195

Markus also caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 6 pounds, 3 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $205.

 

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. 10-12 BFL Regional Championship on Lake Seminole in Bainbridge, Georgia. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard.

The 2019 BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the BFL All-American. The 2019 BFL All-American will be held May 30-June 1 at the Potomac River in Marbury, Maryland, and is hosted by the Charles County Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism and the Commissioners of Charles County. Top performers in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the FLW Tour.