Tramel Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Center Hill Lake

Tramel Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Center Hill Lake Josh Tramel won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Music City Division tournament on Center Hill Lake

SPARTA, Tenn. (April 1, 2019) – Boater Josh Tramel of Smithville, Tennessee, brought five bass to the scale Saturday weighing 20 pounds, 12 ounces, to win the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Music City Division tournament on Center Hill Lake. For his first-place finish, Tramel earned $4,384. Tramel said he primarily worked through two mid-lake areas with gravel and rock, and caught approximately 10 keepers throughout the tournament.


“One area was a staging area – a little creek channel swing in a major creek – and one had multiple staging areas close to points where bass were spawning,” said Tramel, who earned his sixth career win in BFL competition. “I caught most of what I weighed in before lunch, until 12 [p.m.] or so. My limit was made up of all smallmouth.”


Tramel caught three that he weighed at the channel swing in 6 to 8 feet of water using a Carolina-rigged green pumpkin-colored Berkley Power Hog. The other two smallmouth were caught at the points on Crawfish-colored Rapala DT6 and a DT10 crankbaits in 6 to 10 feet of water.


The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Josh Tramel, Smithville, Tenn., five bass, 20-12, $4,384

               2nd:         Jesse Rigsby, Old Hickory, Tenn., five bass, 17-2, $1,467

               3rd:          Mickey Beck, Lebanon, Tenn., five bass, 17-1, $1,127

               4th:          Clabion Johns, Covington, Ga., five bass, 16-15, $784

               5th:          Adam Wagner, Cookeville, Tenn., five bass, 16-5, $587

               6th:          Daniel Johnson, Lebanon, Tenn., five bass, 16-0, $538

               7th:          Michael Thomason, Winchester, Tenn., five bass, 15-13, $489

               8th:          Jay Melton, Murfreesboro, Tenn., five bass, 15-11, $440

               9th:          Dale Rowland, Shelbyville, Tenn., five bass, 14-6, $391

               10th:        Alex Hester, Crossville, Tenn., five bass, 13-13, $342 

Matt Langley of Lebanon, Tennessee, caught a bass weighing 5 pounds even – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $335. Mitchell Adams of Goodletsville’s, Tennessee, won the Co-angler Division and $1,374 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 15 pounds, 9 ounces.


The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Mitchell Adams, Goodletsville, Tenn., five bass, 15-9, $1,374

               2nd:         Tyler Barnes, Murfreesboro, Tenn., five bass, 15-5, $687

               3rd:          Sam Loveless, Somerset, Ky., five bass, 12-6, $459

               4th:          Brian Reed, Cookeville, Tenn., four bass, 11-3, $321

               5th:          Bryan Brinson, Hendersonville, Tenn., three bass, 8-8, $375

               6th:          Randall Wiggins, Birmingham, Ala., five bass, 8-1, $302

               7th:          Todd Knois, Lewisburg, Tenn., three bass, 8-0, $229

               8th:          James Davis, Springfield, Tenn., three bass, 7-13, $206

               9th:          Donnie Rubel, Murfreesboro, Tenn., two bass, 7-8, $183

               10th:        Kelly Stone, Westmoreland, Tenn., two bass, 6-13, $160

Andrew Whitaker of Scottsville, Kentucky, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 4 pounds, 5 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $152.

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