Leonard Wins Bass Fishing League Event on South Holston Reservoir


WHAT : Joe Leonard of Bristol, Va., caught a 5-bass limit weighing 22 pounds Saturday, May 1, 2010 to win $3,641 in the FLW Bass Fishing League Volunteer Division tournament on South Holston Reservoir. He was using swimbaits on a Carolina rig around rocky points under bright and sunny skies to bag his limit.

WHO: The remaining top10 anglers were:
 2nd: Rex Pendergrass, Bristol, Tenn., five bass, 17-7, $1,820
 3rd: Doug Austin, Bristol, Va., five bass, 16-4, $1,214
 4th: Randy Brown, Mosheim, Tenn., five bass, 16-3, $850
 5th: Brad Burkhart, Speedwell, Tenn., five bass, 15-15, $728
 6th: Larry Neal, Piney Flats, Tenn., five bass, 15-12, $668
 7th: Rod Grayson, Bristol, Va., five bass, 15-8, $576
 7th: Kent Lodari, Seymour, Tenn., five bass, 15-8, $576
 9th: Bryant Ailor, Knoxville, Tenn., five bass, 14-14, $485
 10th: Craig Powers, Rockwood, Tenn., five bass, 14-8, $425

WHAT : Dennis Ratkuff of Jonesville, Va., caught a 5-bass limit weighing 16 pounds, 11 ounces Saturday, May 1, 2010 to win $1,820 in the FLW BFL Volunteer Co-angler Division on South Holston Reservoir. Ratkuff was using a worm to catch the bedding fish.

WHO: The remaining top10 co-anglers were:
 2nd: Bryan Morton, Knoxville, Tenn., five bass, 15-13, $910
 3rd: Todd Pippin, Bristol, Tenn., four bass, 12-15, $607
 4th: Justin McGaha, Knoxville, Tenn., four bass, 12-7, $425
 5th: Joshua Norris, Powell, Tenn., five bass, 11-10, $364
 6th: Bart Harris, Greeneville, Tenn., five bass, 11-6, $334
 7th: Jim Neece, Bristol, Va., four bass, 11-3, $303
 8th: Robert Chambers, Elizabethton, Tenn., three bass, 10-14, $273
 9th: Josh Goan, Bulls Gap, Tenn., five bass, 10-6, $243
 10th: Garry Collins, Russell Springs, Ky., four bass, 10, $212

NOTES: The next BFL Volunteer Division tournament is scheduled for June 5, at Lake Chickamauga in Dayton, Tenn. After the fifth Volunteer Division tournament is complete, the top 40 boaters and co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Regional Championship at Lake Guntersville in Scottsboro, Ala., on Oct. 14-16, for a chance to win a 198VX Ranger boat with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Yamaha outboard and a Chevy pick-up, co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger 198VX.

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