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Wagner Makes it a Dozen

Richardson wins co-angler title
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Adam Wagner
May 14, 2019 • MLF • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

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.


Co-angler Joe Richardson

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.