Aaron Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake Guntersville

Aaron Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake Guntersville Chad Aaron won the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Choo Choo Division tournament on Lake Guntersville.

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (Feb. 18, 2019) – Boater Chad Aaron of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, caught five bass Saturday weighing 25 pounds, 14 ounces, to win the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Choo Choo Division tournament on Lake Guntersville. For his win, Aaron earned $4,363.


“I was hitting small underwater eddies. They were specific – I had to cast within a couple of feet to get bit,” said Aaron, who earned his second career victory in FLW competition. “It’s something I’ve been doing on the Tennessee River for years – just playing the current deal. When there’s heavy rain and the water is stained and muddy in the wintertime and early spring, it sets up the way I like to fish.”


Aaron said he worked through eight eddies, mid-lake, and caught 12 keepers in the process. He used a ½- and ¾-ounce black jig with a Zoom Ultra Vibe Speed craw and custom 4- to 6-inch shad-colored swimbaits, noting that a 5-inch swimbait did especially well throughout the day.


“I just rotated through the baits as the spots reloaded,” said Aaron. “If they missed the swimbait, I’d throw the jig in there and they’d eat it – I caught three or four like that. When I’d catch one fish out of an eddy, I’d leave for 30 minutes. They were one-fish spots – they weren’t schools by any means.”


The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Chad Aaron, Lawrenceburg, Tenn., five bass, 25-14, $4,363

               2nd:         Kent Keys, Anniston, Ala., five bass, 25-3, $2,082

               3rd:          Aaron Stephens, Hayden, Ala., five bass, 24-14, $1,787

               4th:          Derek Remitz, Grant, Ala., five bass, 23-5, $971

               5th:          Scott Towry, Lawrenceburg, Tenn., five bass, 21-10, $833

               6th:          Braden Marshall, Hixson, Tenn., five bass, 20-9, $763

               7th:          Dennis Barnes, Boaz, Ala., five bass, 20-7, $694

               8th:          Trey Gamble, Helena, Ala., five bass, 19-4, $625

               9th:          Ricky Parpolowicz, Decatur, Ala., five bass, 19-1, $555

               10th:        Cory Mathis, Newnan, Ga., five bass, 18-13, $486 

Daniel Trevino Jr. of Langston, Alabama, caught an 8-pound, 12-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $580. Mark Lyons of Marion, Indiana, won the Co-angler Division and $2,082 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 17 pounds, 14 ounces.


The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Mark Lyons, Marion, Ind., five bass, 17-14, $2,082

               2nd:         David Freeman, Hixson, Tenn., five bass, 15-14, $1,041

               3rd:          Todd Harris, Athens, Tenn., five bass, 14-3, $692

               4th:          Cody Davis, Hico, Texas, five bass, 14-1, $486

               5th:          Marcus Corbett, Anniston, Ala., five bass, 13-8, $516

               6th:          Ethan Wheeler, Mayfield, Ky., five bass, 12-14, $432

               7th:          Steven Jacques, Addison, Ala., three bass, 12-11, $347

               8th:          Charles Billingsley, Huntsville, Ala., four bass, 12-5, $312

               9th:          Justin Stringer, Hartselle, Ala., three bass, 11-15, $278

               10th:        Matt Hardy, Guntown, Miss., two bass, 11-10, $243

Tracey Gearlds of Tullahoma, Tennessee and Tyler Youngblood of Ooltewah, Tennessee, each caught a bass weighing 8 pounds even in the Co-angler Division – tying for the day’s largest. As a result, the duo split the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $290.

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