Neal Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Norris Lake

Neal Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Norris Lake Larry Neal won the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Volunteer Division tournament on Norris Lake

NEW TAZEWELL, Tenn. (March 20, 2017) – Larry Neal of Piney Flats, Tennessee, weighed a 17-pound, 11-ounce limit of bass Saturday to win the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Volunteer Division tournament on Norris Lake. Neal’s five bass were enough to earn him the top prize of $4,743.


According to tournament reports, Neal caught his fish in the mid-lake area, fishing a hair jig in 20-feet of water.


The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Larry Neal, Piney Flats, Tenn., five bass, 17-11, $4,743

               2nd:         Frankie Dople, Newcomb, Tenn., five bass, 16-10, $2,082

               3rd:          Archie Wilson Jr., Corryton, Tenn., five bass, 14-13, $1,587

               4th:          Bryan Leonard, Blountville, Tenn., five bass, 13-15, $1,071

               5th:          Jonathan Bowling, Harriman, Tenn., five bass, 13-14, $833

               6th:          Brandon Brock, Mayking, Ky., five bass, 13-6, $763

               7th:          Kevin Powers, Unicoi, Tenn., five bass, 12-10, $694

               8th:          Jordan Card, Knoxville, Tenn., five bass, 12-6, $625

               9th:          Peter Balishin, Sharps Chapel, Tenn., three bass, 11-15, $555

               10th:        James Dial, Jacksboro, Tenn., four bass, 11-7, $486


Neal also weighed a 4-pound, 10-ounce bass – the largest of the event – which earned him the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $580. Darren Kelly of Wartburg, Tennessee, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 10 pounds, 1 ounce Saturday to win the Co-angler Division and $2,000.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Darren Kelly, Wartburg, Tenn., five bass, 10-1, $2,000

               2nd:         Talmadge Marcum, McKee, Ky., three bass, 9-12, $1,000

               3rd:          Doug Austin, Bristol, Va., three bass, 9-8, $666

               4th:          Matthew Speights, Mascot, Tenn., three bass, 6-8, $567

               5th:          Kibbee McCoy, Morristown, Tenn., two bass, 6-6, $450

               6th:          Curtis Hall II, Battle Creek, Mich., three bass, 5-11, $367

               7th:          Jordan McDeerman, Caryville, Tenn., two bass, 5-9, $333

               8th:          Jose Ramirez, Barbourville, Ky., three bass, 5-5, $300

               9th:          Doug Adkins, Gray Hawk, Ky., three bass, 5-2, $267

               10th:        Noah Newport, Knoxville, Tenn., three bass, 5-0, $233

Justin McGaha of Knoxville, Tennessee, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing 3 pounds, 15 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $135.

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