Chambers Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on South Holston Reservoir

Chambers Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on South Holston Reservoir Chambers Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Volunteer Division Event on South Holston Reservoir

BRISTOL, Tenn. (April 9, 2018) – Boater Chip Chambers of Elizabethton, Tennessee, won the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Volunteer Division tournament on South Holston Reservoir Saturday after catching five bass weighing 18 pounds, 4 ounces. Chambers earned $6,718 for his win.


“I started out cranking some secondary points for prespawn bass on the lower end of the lake,” said Chambers, who notched his first career win in FLW competition. “They were sitting out in 8 to 12 feet of water just waiting for the conditions to be right to head up and spawn.”


Chambers said he used a Rapala DT6 crankbait, custom painted by Norris Lake Baits, and a CP Custom Baits Series 3 crankbait to catch his fish. Around 10 a.m., a change in the weather made Chambers switch patterns and target fish in deeper water.


“I picked up a Sexy Lavender-colored (Major League Lures) Boom Shad swimbait with a ½-ounce head and moved out to more main-channel points,” said Chambers. “The points had some mud and a mix of clay and chunk rock and I ended up catching two 5-pound smallmouth.”


The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Chip Chambers, Elizabethton, Tenn., five bass, 18-4, $4,718 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus

               2nd:         Todd Nidiffer, LaFollette, Tenn., five bass, 17-4, $1,859

               3rd:          Kevin Powers, Unicoi, Tenn., five bass, 17-3, $1,238

               4th:          Wes Crager, Knoxville, Tenn., five bass, 16-5, $867

               5th:          Steve Coleman, Clayton, Ga., five bass, 16-3, $744

               6th:          Eddie Ball, Newport, Tenn., five bass, 15-13, $651

               6th:          Craig Powers, Rockwood, Tenn., five bass, 15-13, $1,136

               8th:          Steven Brady, Woodlawn, Va., five bass, 15-6, $558

               9th:          Brian Bogart, Jonesborough, Tenn., five bass, 15-2, $496

               10th:        Jessie Hall, Sweetwater, Tenn., five bass, 14-14, $634


Craig Powers brought a 6-pound, 4-ounce bass to the scale – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $485. David Blakely of Kingsport, Tennessee, won the Co-angler Division and $1,959 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 13 pounds, 8 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          David Blakely, Kingsport, Tenn., five bass, 13-8, $1,959

               2nd:         Colton Bryan, Sevierville, Tenn., four bass, 11-8, $929

               3rd:          Jose Ramirez, Barbourville, Ky., three bass, 11-2, $526

               3rd:          Shawn Hudson, Bristol, Va., four bass, 11-2, $526

               5th:          Chad Ball, Abingdon, Va., four bass, 10-11, $372

               6th:          Richard Pugh, Knoxville, Tenn., three bass, 10-1, $341

               7th:          Austin Compton, Raven, Va., four bass, 9-15, $310

               8th:          Ryan Godsey, Chickamauga, Ga., three bass, 9-6, $279

               9th:          Cody Hammons, Bluff City, Tenn., four bass, 8-14, $232

               9th:          Joshua Jernigan, Rocky Top, Tenn., three bass, 8-14, $232

Scott Pittman of Powell, Tennessee, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division weighing in at 6 pounds, 13 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $242.

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