Woods Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament at Dale Hollow

March 25, 2024
Bass Fishing League (BFL) News

BYRDSTOWN, Tenn. (March 25, 2024) – Boater Jacob Woods of Loudon, Tennessee, caught a five-bass limit weighing 21 pounds, 13 ounces, Saturday to win the Bass Fishing League (BFL) tournament on Dale Hollow Lake. The tournament was the second event of the season for the BFL Mountain Division. Woods earned $4,394 for his victory. It’s been a scorching start to the BFL Mountain Division season for Woods. The 24-year-old former Abu Garcia MLF College Fishing competitor from nearby Tennessee Tech now works as a survey tech for a surveying and engineering firm, and he competes in local tournaments on Dale Hollow any chance he gets.

All that experience helped him earn a second-place finish at the Mountain Division opener and now a win the second stop. Woods said he fished the same way in both tournaments.

“I just targeted fish and bait with a Damiki (rig) and a swimbait, and I ain’t gonna lie, it was pretty tough today (Saturday),” he said. “The wind made it very, very difficult. I didn’t have a fish until 11 o’clock. I ended up pulling in a place at 2 o’clock, and by 2:45 I had what I had. I caught them all in about a 45-minute span. It was just one of those things where if it’s your time, it’s your time.”

Woods used Garmin LiveScope to find and catch his fish, and he weighed in a limit of five largemouth bass. Woods declined to share the specific lures he used, but did share that he fished 3-inch and 4-inch soft baits on his Damiki rig to match the size of the local baitfish. Upsizing to a little heavier jighead helped him manage his presentations in the wind.

“It was interesting, to say the least,” Woods said, while reflecting on his win. “It feels good to finally get one. I got two seconds. I finished third in the regional down here. It feels good to finally get one.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament:

1st:        Jacob Woods, Loudon, Tenn., five bass, 21-13, $4,394
2nd:       Will Garrett, Byrdstown, Tenn., five bass, 21-7, $2,197
3rd:       Clint Brodsky, Burlington, Ky., five bass, 20-6, $2,264 (includes $500 Phoenix MFL Contingency Bonus)
4th:        Christian Nash, Allons, Tenn., five bass, 20-5, $1,025
5th:        Branden Grubb, Lily, Ky., five bass, 19-10, $842
5th:        Cole Logsdon, Brownsville, Ky., five bass, 19-10, $842
7th:        Hunter Sales, Blaine, Tenn., five bass, 19-5, $732
8th:        Lee Sinclair, Albany, Ky., five bass, 19-2, $659
9th:        Aaron Bidarian, Lexington, Ky., five bass, 18-14, $586
10th:     Trent Suratt, Lawrenceburg, Tenn., five bass, 18-8, $513

Complete results can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Aaron Combs of Jackson, Kentucky, caught a bass that weighed 6 pounds even to earn the  Big Bass Boater award of $630.

David Keefer of Charleston, Illinois, won the co-angler division and $2,179 Saturday, after bringing five bass to the scale that totaled 15 pounds, 8 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers finished:

1st:        David Keefer, Charleston, Ill., five bass, 15-8, $2,179
2nd:       Dustin Forrest, Knob Lick, Ky., five bass, 13-7, $1,090
3rd:       Derik Smith, Mt. Washington, Ky., five bass, 13-3, $825
4th:        Grant Aumiller, Danville, Ky., five bass, 12-12, $509
5th:        Joshua Mounce, Somerset, Ky., four bass, 11-4, $436
6th:        Robert Holliday, White Plains, Ga., four bass, 11-2, $400
7th:        Robert Jones, Whitley City, Ky., five bass, 11-1, $363
8th:        Johnny Suratt, Lawrenceburg, Tenn., three bass, 10-2, $483
9th:        Scotty Reagan, Red Boiling Springs, Tenn., four bass, 9-15, $291
10th:     James Proffitt, Celina, Tenn., four bass, 9-13, $254

Johnny Suratt of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, and Javon Booker of Beaver Dam, Kentucky, tied for the Berkley Big Bass co-angler award by each catching a bass that weighed in at 4 pounds, 12 ounces. They each took home a $156 prize.

After two events, Jacob Woods leads the Fishing Clash Mountain Division Angler of the Year (AOY) race with 499 points, while Luke Shrader of Monticello, Kentucky, leads the Fishing Clash Mountain Division Co-Angler of the Year race with 476 points.