McDeerman Wins Bass Fishing League (BFL) Tournament on Douglas LakeMcDeerman Wins Bass Fishing League (BFL) Tournament on Douglas Lake Keith McDeerman won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Volunteer Division tournament on Douglas Lake
KODAK, Tenn. (May 15, 2017) – Keith McDeerman of Jacksboro, Tennessee, weighed five bass Saturday totaling 19 pounds even to win the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Volunteer Division tournament on Douglas Lake. For his victory, McDeerman was awarded $3,879. McDeerman spent the tournament fishing mid-lake points and humps next to deep water.
“I caught them all in deep water with a (Strike King) 10XD crankbait,” said McDeerman, who won fishing in his first-ever event with FLW. “I probably hit 30 spots, but I only caught fish on seven of them. I would pull in, make several casts, and then move on. Most of my fish were 20 to 25 feet deep.
“Douglas Lake is pretty slick-bottomed,” continued McDeerman. “There’s not a lot of structure, so the fish seemed to be holding on depth changes.”
McDeerman said he only had seven bites throughout his day and that he caught his final bass with less than 10 minutes left to fish.
The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
1st: Keith McDeerman, Jacksboro, Tenn., five bass, 19-0, $3,879
2nd: Travis Lilly, Bluff City, Tenn., five bass, 16-13, $1,840
3rd: Craig Powers, Rockwood, Tenn., five bass, 16-11, $1,225
4th: Tee Watkins, East Point, Ky., five bass, 16-8, $859
5th: Cory Ownby, Seymour, Tenn., five bass, 15-14, $736
6th: Rex Pendergrass, Bristol, Tenn., five bass, 15-13, $1,075
7th: Gunter O'Dell, Dandridge, Tenn., five bass, 15-5, $613
8th: Greg Moore, Briceville, Tenn., five bass, 15-1, $552
9th: Brian Dortch, Bean Station, Tenn., five bass, 14-9, $971
10th: Brant Grimm, Church Hill, Tenn., five bass, 14-3, $429
Dortch caught a bass weighing 5 pounds, 10 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – which earned him the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $480. Justin McGaha of Knoxville, Tennessee, won the Co-angler Division and $2,226 Saturday after weighing a five-bass limit totaling 16 pounds, 8 ounces.
The top 10 co-anglers were:
1st: Justin McGaha, Knoxville, Tenn., five bass, 16-8, $2,226
2nd: David Blakely, Kingsport, Tenn., five bass, 14-8, $898
3rd: Steve Hall, Hillsville, Va., five bass, 12-10, $598
4th: Michael Fields, Duffield, Va., three bass, 12-4, $419
5th: Don Bible, Knoxville, Tenn., five bass, 12-1, $359
6th: Brandon Hartgrove, Hiltons, Va., five bass, 11-8, $329
7th: Bryan Morton, Knoxville, Tenn., four bass, 11-4, $349
8th: Allen Hicks, Castlewood, Va., five bass, 11-3, $269
9th: Doug Austin, Bristol, Va., five bass, 11-0, $239
10th: Charles Roberts, Lebanon, Va., five bass, 10-14, $210
McGaha also caught the biggest bass among Co-angler Division anglers, a fish weighing 5 pounds, 6 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $230.
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