Adam Wagner of Cookeville, Tennessee, brought five bass to the scale Saturday weighing 18 pounds, 10 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Music City Division tournament on Tims Ford Lake. Wagner took home $4,013 for his efforts.
“I fished up the Elk River and targeted buck bushes, isolated cypress trees and small bushes,” says Wagner, who tallied his 12th career victory in BFL competition – tied for second most all-time. “I had one area and I stayed there all day. It was right there around Winchester, in a couple of bays.
“I’d say I caught about 20 keepers, specifically in 6 inches to a foot of water,” continues Wagner. “As the day went on, my fish kept getting bigger, and I kept culling. I made long casts with 20-pound-test Power Pro [Spectra Fiber Green Moss] braided line. Sometimes I had to wrestle them out of there, but the braided line did well.”
Wagner says his biggest fish of the day – a 4-pound, 14-ouncer – came around 1 p.m. He used a weightless Texas-rigged, bubblegum-colored Zoom Trick Worm, as well as a 7-foot All Pro APX Elite Series heavy-action spinning rod and Daiwa spinning reel.
The top 10 boaters:
1st: Adam Wagner, Cookeville, Tenn., five bass, 18-10, $4,013
2nd: Rocco Simeri, Murfreesboro, Tenn., five bass, 17-11, $1,674
3rd: Hunter Bouldin, McMinnville, Tenn., five bass, 14-10, $848
4th: Daniel Johnson, Lebanon, Tenn., five bass, 14-4, $594
5th: Blake Balent, Gallatin, Tenn., five bass, 13-9, $510
6th: Tony Eckler, Lebanon, Tenn., five bass, 13-8, $467
7th: Brent Sain, Manchester, Tenn., five bass, 13-5, $425
8th: Brandon Edel, Hendersonville, Tenn., five bass, 13-2, $382
9th: Michael Thomason, Winchester, Tenn., five bass, 12-13, $340
10th: Matt Stanley, Alexandria, Tenn., five bass, 12-11, $547
Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.
Wagner’s 4-pound, 14-ounce bass ended up being the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division, earning the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $265.
Richardson wins co-angler title
Joe Richardson of Toccoa, Georgia, won the Co-angler Division and $1,274 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 10 pounds, 11 ounces.
The top 10 co-anglers:
1st: Joe Richardson, Toccoa, Ga., five bass, 10-11, $1,274
2nd: Brian Reed, Cookeville, Tenn., four bass, 9-14, $637
3rd: Arthur Stephens, Shelbyville, Tenn., four bass, 9-11, $424
4th: Kenny Botts, Alvaton, Ky., four bass, 9-3, $297
5th: Mitchell Adams, Goodlettsville, Tenn., three bass, 7-6, $255
6th: Matt Langley, Lebanon, Tenn., three bass, 7-3, $434
7th: Kelly Stone, Westmoreland, Tenn., two bass, 5-13, $212
8th: Kibbee McCoy, Knoxville, Tenn., two bass, 5-10, $241
9th: Cole Cherry, Alvaton, Ky., three bass, 5-9, $170
10th: Kevin Barton, Franklin, Ky., two bass, 5-1, $149
Scott Marshall of Lebanon, Tennessee, caught the heaviest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 4 pounds, 2 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $132.
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 Hartwell in Seneca, South Carolina, presented by Navionics. 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.