Huff Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Dale Hollow LakeHuff Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Dale Hollow Lake Rod Huff won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Music Division tournament on Dale Hollow Lake
BYRDSTOWN, Tenn. (March 12, 2018) – Boater Rod Huff of Monterey, Tennessee, caught five bass Saturday weighing a total of 19 pounds, 5 ounces, to take top honors at the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Music Division tournament on Dale Hollow Lake. Huff earned $6,586 for his win.
“I basically fished the last deep water before spawning flats,” said Huff, who logged his first career win in FLW competition. “The water was stained, and I probably had 30 to 35 different stops – all mid-lake.”
Huff said he rotated between a variety of lures during the tournament, but caught his limit using a ½-ounce green-pumpkin-colored Zorro Baits Booza Bug Jig and a Zorro Baits Swim Jig with green-pumpkin Strike King Rage Craw trailers.
“The areas had rocks, and most of the fish were caught in 2 to 8 feet of water,” said Huff. “Sometimes I casted all the way to the bank and worked the lure back, and sometimes I made short casts.”
Huff said he caught seven keepers throughout the day, culling out two fish to complete his 19-pound limit.
The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
1st: Rod Huff, Monterey, Tenn., five bass, 19-5, $4,586 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus
2nd: Robert Reagan, Byrdstown, Tenn., five bass, 16-9, $1,693
3rd: Dylan Wright, Murfreesboro, Tenn., five bass, 16-1, $1,129
4th: Tony Eckler, Lebanon, Tenn., five bass, 15-10, $790
5th: Bennie Mutter, Glasgow, Ky., five bass, 15-5, $649
5th: Aaron Bidarian, Lexington, Ky., five bass, 15-5, $649
7th: J.R. Stalcup, Albany, Ky., five bass, 14-11, $564
8th: Chris Holland, Winchester, Tenn., five bass, 14-10, $508
9th: Michael Kennedy, Monroe, Tenn., four bass, 14-7, $551
10th: Josh Tramel, Smithville, Tenn., five bass, 14-2, $395
Jason White of Sparta, Tennessee, weighed a 5-pound, 3-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $425. Mike Morrison of Prestonsburg, Kentucky, won the Co-angler Division and $1,693 Saturday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 12 pounds, 12 ounces.
The top 10 co-anglers were:
1st: Mike Morrison, Prestonsburg, Ky., five bass, 12-12, $1,693
2nd: Brian Reed, Cookeville, Tenn., four bass, 12-4, $846
3rd: Bryan Brinson, Hendersonville, Tenn., five bass, 12-0, $564
4th: Darren Kelly, Wartburg, Tenn., three bass, 11-14, $807
5th: Brandon Eden, Hartsville, Tenn., four bass, 10-15, $339
6th: Nathan Adams, House Springs, Mo., three bass, 8-5, $360
7th: William Woods, Bowling Green, Ky., three bass, 6-10, $282
8th: Devin Bargatze, Nashville, Tenn., two bass, 6-9, $240
8th: Donnie Rubel, Murfreesboro, Tenn., three bass, 6-9, $240
10th: Brandon Taylor, Russellville, Ky., two bass, 6-4, $198
Kelly caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division weighing in at 5-pounds, 8-ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $212.
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