Smith Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Douglas Lake

Smith Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Douglas Lake Kyle Smith won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Volunteer Division tournament on Douglas Lake

KODAK, Tenn. (April 29, 2019) – Boater Kyle Smith of Elizabethton, Tennessee, caught five bass Saturday weighing 17 pounds, 11 ounces, to win the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Volunteer Division tournament on Douglas Lake. For his victory, Smith was awarded $4,384.  Smith said he started the tournament fishing around the Interstate 40 Bridge and worked his way to the Dandridge Bridge as the day progressed. He initially threw a wacky-rigged green pumpkin-colored V&M Chopstick on a Dobyns Champion XP704SF rod, targeting spawning fish on flats and in pockets around laydowns.


“I caught the heaviest fish of my day early – a 4-pound, 11-ouncer – so the day started out really well,” said Smith, who earned his first win in FLW competition. “I caught a couple more on the Chopstick then switched over to a spinnerbait around 10 [a.m.] and targeted deeper bushes and points with rock.”


Smith used a ½-ounce chartreuse and white-colored Dobyns D-Blade Beast spinnerbait with a glimmer blue-colored FoolinBass Custom Baits twin-tailed grub trailer on a Dobyns Champion XP733C rod. He noted that his Lowrance electronics were also crucial to his success, helping him stay in the right depth range on the points.


“I probably boated 25 keepers throughout the day,” said Smith. “In the late afternoon I ended up culling two fish in the last hour with the spinnerbait. It was a great day of fishing.”


The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Kyle Smith, Elizabethton, Tenn., five bass, 17-11, $4,384

               2nd:         Chris Ferguson, Wittensville, Ky., five bass, 17-8, $1,322

               2nd:         Brant Grimm, Church Hill, Tenn., five bass, 17-8, $1,322

               4th:          Matt Linton, Kingston, Tenn., five bass, 15-9, $970

               4th:          Steven Bean, Knoxville, Tenn., five bass, 15-9, $635

               6th:          Todd Goade, Suwanee, Ga., five bass, 15-2, $988

               7th:          Tee Watkins, East Point, Ky., five bass, 15-0, $489

               8th:          Nathan Hipps, Canton, N.C., five bass, 14-10, $415

               8th:          Bryan Leonard, Blountville, Tenn., five bass, 14-10, $415

               10th:        Chip Chambers, Elizabethton, Tenn., five bass, 14-7, $342 

Linton caught a 6-pound, 14-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $335. Dustin Johnson of Elizabethton, Tennessee, won the Co-angler Division and $1,467 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 13 pounds, 6 ounces.


The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Dustin Johnson, Elizabethton, Tenn., five bass, 13-6, $1,467

               2nd:         Jason Ridenour, Loudon, Tenn., five bass, 13-0, $733

               3rd:          Eric Moore, Union, Ky., five bass, 12-4, $690

               4th:          Curtis Hall II, Battle Creek, Mich., five bass, 12-1, $392

               5th:          Joshua Jernigan, Rocky Top, Tenn., five bass, 12-0, $443

               6th:          Ryan Bush, Big Stone Gap, Va., five bass, 11-12, $269

               7th:          David Blakely, Kingsport, Tenn., five bass, 11-2, $244

               8th:          Cody Melton, Greeneville, Tenn., five bass, 11-0, $220

               9th:          Larry Brumett Jr., Bristol, Va., five bass, 10-15, $296

               10th:        Mike Byrd, McDermott, Ohio, three bass, 10-9, $171

Alex McGee of Knoxville, Tennessee, caught the heaviest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 5 pounds, 13 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $167.

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