NEW TAZEWELL, Tenn. – Derrick Snavely of Rogersville, Tennessee, and Jack Faulkner of Jacksboro, Tennessee, each weighed a five-bass limit totaling 16 pounds, 10 ounces, Saturday to share top honors at the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Volunteer Division tournament on Norris Lake presented by Power-Pole. For their efforts, both earned $3,095, with Snavely adding another $3,000 in contingency bonuses.
Snavely said he targeted suspended smallmouth bass along the Clinch River side of the lake near specific, slate-colored rock. He said he caught 12 keepers using a shad-colored custom swimbait and ended up weighing in four smallmouth and one largemouth bass.
“This swimbait had a different kind of action that I don’t think the bass were used to seeing,” said Snavely. “I used different heads depending on how deep I wanted to go and I caught a lot of fish on it.”
Faulkner said he was also targeting suspended bass in the same area of the lake, but he opted for an unnamed crankbait. He said he caught six keepers throughout his day.
“I only needed a small stretch of that rock to catch my stringer,” said Faulkner. “I fished for them in water that was 8 to 10 feet deep and was able to put some good ones in the boat.”
The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
1st: Derrick Snavely, Rogersville, Tenn., five bass, 16-10, $3,095 + $1,000 Mercury Bonus + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus
1st: Jack Faulkner, Jacksboro, Tenn., five bass, 16-10, $3,095
3rd: Bryant Ailor, Knoxville, Tenn., five bass, 16-1, $1,377
4th: Rodney Cochran, Tazewell, Tenn., five bass, 15-11, $963
5th: Chase Henley, Knoxville, Tenn., four bass, 14-5, $825
6th: Jimmy Daniels, Paintsville, Ky., five bass, 14-3, $757
7th: Kevin Edwards, Knoxville, Tenn., five bass, 14-1, $688
8th: Dale Pelfrey, Rockwood, Tenn., five bass, 14-0, $619
9th: Mike May, Williamson, W. Va., five bass, 13-14, $550
10th: Michael Cantrell, Philadelphia, Tenn., five bass, 13-7, $482
Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.
Trevor Prichard of Knoxville, Tennessee, caught a 5-pound, 9-ounce bass – the biggest of the tournament in the pro division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $575.
Randall Hillyer of Summerville, South Carolina, weighed in five bass totaling 15 pounds, 13 ounces Saturday to earn $1,944 and win the co-angler division.
The top 10 co-anglers were:
1st: Randall Hillyer, Summerville, S.C., five bass, 15-13, $1,944
2nd: Stephen Woods, Bristol, Va., five bass, 15-12, $972
3rd: Elvin Helton, Maynardville, Tenn., five bass, 14-6, $649
4th: Jim Neece Sr., Bristol, Va., four bass, 10-13, $454
5th: Mathew Blalock, Maryville, Tenn., five bass, 10-2, $389
6th: Joseph Renfro, Kingsport, Tenn., three bass, 10-0, $356
7th: Brandon Harris, Spring City, Tenn., five bass, 9-12, $324
8th: John Coker, Knoxville, Tenn., five bass, 9-8, $292
9th: Jeff Boone, Mount Washington, Ky., five bass, 9-5, $259
10th: Richard Casey, Honaker, Va., three bass, 9-2, $227
Greg Blair of Elizabethton, Tennessee, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 5 pounds, 14 ounces and earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $262.
The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 6-8 Regional Championship on Kerr Lake in Henderson, North Carolina. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.
The BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 120 tournaments throughout the season, five in each division. The top 50 boaters and co-anglers from each division qualify for a regional tournament and 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. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.
FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money in 2016 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW conducts more than 235 bass-fishing tournaments annually across the United States and sanctions tournaments in Canada, China, Mexico and South Korea. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW" television show, broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, while FLW Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros. For more information visit FLWFishing.com and follow FLW at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Periscope: @FLWFishing.
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