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Strader and Smith Win NoogaStrong

Over $25,000 raised for victim's families
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Wesley Strader and Cary Smith teamed up to catch the winning stringer. Like most of the other contenders, they flipped matted or scattered grass with soft plastics that were heavily weighted to punch through. Photo by Colin Moore. Angler: Wesley Strader.
September 12, 2015 • Colin Moore • Uncategorized

Even Lake Chickamauga seemed to be in a giving Saturday as it served up its late-summer best for anglers in the NoogaStrong Memorial Bass Tournament out of Dayton. Though fishing on the Tennessee River chain typically enters the doldrums in early September, the winning stringer of 21 pounds, 1 ounce brought in by Walmart FLW Tour pro Wesley Strader and his partner, Cary Smith, proved it’s not set in stone.

Likewise, the big lake produced a 21-pound stringer for brothers James and Jared Patmor – the runners-up – and a 9-pound, 4-ounce big-bass winner for local angler Wes Hardin. Thirty-five limits were taken to the scale and more than a half-ton of bass were weighed.

Starting with the $2,500 Strader and Smith won, the charity event paid 45 places. At the awards presentation, however, Strader and Smith announced they were donating their winnings back for the families of the victims. Every other team that won cash followed suit. With that, the money raised by the event exceeded the goal established by organizers. The proceeds will be donated to the families of those murdered at a Chattanooga-area recruiting center in July.

“We passed our goal of $25,000, and that doesn’t include other monies raised through raffle drawings and donations,” says Tournament Director Shane Frazier of the Chattanooga Bass Association. “We also had 269 boats registered with 258 actually fishing, which is a record for an open boat tournament on this lake. Everyone who worked to make this event successful, including the anglers who participated, can be proud of themselves.”

Strader, who also donated the proceeds from the sale of autographed replica fishing jerseys like the one he wears in FLW tournaments to the event, spent the day flipping Zoom Z-Hawgs weighted with 1-ounce Reins tungsten weights into heavy grass. He and Smith culled several times.

Hardin caught the lunker of the tournament early in the morning on a Z-Man ChatterBait. The Patmor brothers fished Stanley Ribbit frogs – black and red early in the day and black and green later when the midday sun was overhead. Brandon Roop and Brent Tharpe, who placed third, fished a variety of soft plastics, frogs and jigs.

Walmart FLW Tour pros acquitted themselves well in the tournament, which drew a large crowd of spectators from as far away as Knoxville. Behind Strader, Jason Lambert – who was fishing as a co-angler with local stick Greg Lamb – wound up in fourth while Alex Davis and Bill Potting were sixth, Ramie Colson, Jr., and Joe Wilson were 18th and Forrest Wood Cup champion Brad Knight and his partner, Dusty White, were 21st.


NoogaStrong Tournament Results

1

 Wesley Strader

Cary Smith

5

21-1

 

2

 James Patmor

Jared Patmor

5

21-0

 

3

 Brandon Roop

Brent Tharpe

5

19-14

 

4

 Greg Lamb

Jason Lambert

5

19-7

 

5

 John Mantooth

Anthony Correll

5

19-5

 

6

 Alex Dasvis

Bill Potting

5

18-13

 

7

 Anthony Nash

Josh Tramel

5

18-10

 

8

 Steve Everett

Eddie Calbaugh

4

18-5

 

9

 Dustin Bailey

Ronny Davidson

5

18-2

 

10

 Jack Dunaway

Randy Harris

5

17-13

 

11

 Jayme Copenhaver

Adam Dysart

5

17-9

 

12

 Alex Key

Wayne Key

5

17-6

 

13

 Cole Sands

A.J. Barnes

5

17-0

 

14

 Nathan Bell

Tom Swartout

5

16-6

 

15

 Tom Helton

Matt Jenkins

5

16-2

 

16

 Greg Moore

Chris Bullock

5

16-1

 

17

 Chad Reel

Kevin Burnette

5

16-0

 

18

 Ramie Colso

Joe Wilson

5

15-14

 

19

 James Williams

Stan Dickert

5

15-9

 

20

 Brian Hatfield

Amanda Vincent

5

15-3

 

21

 Brad Knight

Dusty White

5

14-15

 

22

 James Hutcheson

Kenneth Moore

5

14-13

 

23

 David Perron

Bob Vicars

5

14-12

 

24

 Justin Shoemate

Wayne Shoemate

5

14-4

 

25

 Lucas Phillips

Gregg White

3

13-15

 

26

 Will Bates

Ben Curry

5

13-11

 

27

 William Marler

Jackie Smith

4

13-9

 

28

 Stoney Johnson

David Craft

4

13-7

 

29

 Greg Passmore

Kirk Wells

5

13-1

 

29

 Chuck James

Jimmey Rose

5

13-1

 

31

 Tim Delk

John Delk

5

12-14

 

32

 Steven McMillan

Erine Gravett

5

12-12

 

33

 Derrick Clark

Lynn King

4

12-9

 

34

 Larry Erwin

Tyler Bain

5

12-6

 

35

 Brian Spangler

Tracey Penney

5

11-12

 

36

 Jenny Nevans

Shawn Strader

4

11-10

 

37

 Mark Shrun

Sam Morgan

5

11-9

 

38

 Wes Hardin

Jason Cook

2

11-8

 

39

 Steve Barnes

Billy Venedetti

5

11-4

 

40

 Andy Parkinson

Mitch Oliver

4

11-3

 

40

 Casey Hitchcock

David Olinger

4

11-3

 

42

 Gary Runyon

Keith Runyon

4

11-1

 

43

 Sam Lemons

Steve Duncan

5

10-15

 

43

 Glenn Day

Chris Highland

4

10-15

 

45

 Gary Smith

Allen Tadlock

4

10-13

 

46

 Robby Crosslin

Greg Worsham

4

10-10

 

47

 Marvin Ervin

William Ervin

4

10-8

 

48

 Matthew Pyatt

Chris Carden

4

10-7

 

49

 Keith King

Randy Preston

4

10-4

 

50

 Andrew Hicks

Mark Jenkins

5

10-3

 

51

 Chuck Lowe

Mickie huehes

4

10-1

 

52

 Austin Meeks

Austin Wyatt

3

9-14

 

53

 Allen Varner

James Ray

4

9-8

 

54

 Greg Shaver

Larry Brooks

3

9-5

 

55

 Chase Hicks

Kacie Hicks

3

9-3

 

56

 Howie Burger

Sexton Long

2

9-1

 

57

 Matt Gowan

Mark Beeler

3

8-15

 

58

 Troy Redwine

Kolby Redwine

2

8-13

 

58

 Tavin Napier

Kyler Hagler

4

8-13

 

60

 Mark Morgan

Drew Massingill

3

8-10

 

61

 Will VanEtten

Chris Shouse

3

8-8

 

62

 Glen Uren

DeWayne Ensley

4

8-7

 

62

 Trevor Phipps

Chris Dodson

4

8-7

 

64

 J.B. McMillon

BoBo Richardson

5

8-6

 

64

 Josh Norris

Billy Norris

3

8-6

 

66

 Jim Thompson

Jim Thompson Jr

4

8-2

 

67

 Quintin kale

Chuck costic

3

8-0

 

68

 Michael Watkins

Chris Bowen

4

7-14

 

69

 David Moore

Mack Hall

2

7-12

 

70

 Anthony Vintson

Katie Vintson

4

7-11

 

71

 Robert Smith

Michael Hatton

4

7-5

 

72

 Ben Biller

Dustin Vaughn

3

7-2

 

73

 Tyler Price

Hunter Cox

2

6-13

 

74

 Kenneth Bradshaw

Rick Camp

3

6-10

 

75

 Rob Leavitt

Eric Stanbery

2

6-7

 

76

 Bryan Ainslie

Gavin Ainslie

3

6-2

 

77

 Jesse Burnett

Lin Burnett

2

5-12

 

77

 Brandon Harris

Joe Scealf

2

5-12

 

79

 David Stokes

Josh Revis

2

5-11

 

80

 Greg Morrow

John Morrow

2

5-10

 

80

 Daniel Helton

Matt Shelton

2

5-10

 

82

 Steven London

Tom Perry

1

5-9

 

83

 Rick Worley

Tyler Worley

2

5-7

 

84

 Ben Graves

Robert Gibson

2

5-6

 

85

J im Kester

Jim Keister jr

2

5-2

 

85

 Brandon Bryant

Sam Carris

2

5-2

 

87

 Gabe Keen

Trevor St. John

2

5-1

 

87

 David Baskette

Scott White

2

5-1

 

89

 Carl Knight

Carl Knight

2

4-15

 

89

 Nathan Beard

Brian Oxendine

3

4-15

 

91

 Travis Shrader

Steven Lowery

2

4-9

 

92

 John Boyd

Jerry Cornwell

2

4-8

 

93

 Kayla Tipton

Kasey Hunley

2

4-4

 

94

 Travis Lawson

Travis Lawson

1

4-2

 

95

 Brien Bates

Hank Weathers

2

4-1

 

95

 Jordan Young

Kevin Foy

2

4-1

 

97

 Lane Holsonback

Tyler Chumley

2

3-13

 

98

 Brandon Moore

Matt Clay

1

3-8

 

99

 Jeff Walker

Caleb Luzader

1

3-1

 

99

 Jordan Bolton

Harley Owens

1

3-1

 

99

 Brandon Gaylor

Rodney Gaylor

1

3-1

 

102

 Chris Engelage

Soldier

1

2-11

 

103

 Ricky Miller

James Rogers

1

2-9

 

103

 Joseph Sanders

Johnathan Peck

1

2-9

 

105

 Bobby Kilgore

Marty Barnes

1

2-7

 

106

 Michael Lamb

Eric Morrison

1

2-0

 

107

 Ronnie Richie

Hunter Richie

1

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