McDeerman Wins Bass Fishing League (BFL) Tournament on Douglas Lake

McDeerman 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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