Wagner Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Tims Ford Lake

Wagner Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Tims Ford Lake Adam Wagner won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Music City Division tournament on Tims Ford Lake

WINCHESTER, Tenn. (May 13, 2019) – Boater Adam Wagner of Cookeville, Tennessee, brought five bass to the scale Saturday weighing 18 pounds, 10 ounces, to win the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Music City Division tournament on Tims Ford Lake. Wagner took home $4,013 for his efforts.


“I fished up the Elk River and targeted buck bushes, isolated cypress trees and small bushes,” said Wagner, who tallied his 12th career victory in BFL competition – tied for second most all-time. “I had one area and I stayed there all day. It was right there around Winchester, in a couple of bays.


“I’d say I caught about 20 keepers, specifically in 6 inches to a foot of water,” continued Wagner. “As the day went on, my fish kept getting bigger, and I kept culling. I made long casts with 20-pound-test Power Pro [Spectra Fiber Green Moss] braided line. Sometimes I had to wrestle them out of there, but the braided line did well.”


Wagner said his biggest fish of the day – a 4-pound, 14-ouncer – came around 1 p.m. He used a weightless Texas-rigged, bubblegum-colored Zoom Trick Worm, as well as a 7-foot All Pro APX Elite Series heavy-action spinning rod and Daiwa spinning reel.


The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Adam Wagner, Cookeville, Tenn., five bass, 18-10, $4,013

               2nd:         Rocco Simeri, Murfreesboro, Tenn., five bass, 17-11, $1,674

               3rd:          Hunter Bouldin, McMinnville, Tenn., five bass, 14-10, $848

               4th:          Daniel Johnson, Lebanon, Tenn., five bass, 14-4, $594

               5th:          Blake Balent, Gallatin, Tenn., five bass, 13-9, $510

               6th:          Tony Eckler, Lebanon, Tenn., five bass, 13-8, $467

               7th:          Brent Sain, Manchester, Tenn., five bass, 13-5, $425

               8th:          Brandon Edel, Hendersonville, Tenn., five bass, 13-2, $382

               9th:          Michael Thomason, Winchester, Tenn., five bass, 12-13, $340

               10th:        Matt Stanley, Alexandria, Tenn., five bass, 12-11, $547 

Wagner’s 4-pound, 14-ounce bass ended up being the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division, earning the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $265. Joe Richardson of Toccoa, Georgia, won the Co-angler Division and $1,274 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 10 pounds, 11 ounces.


The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Joe Richardson, Toccoa, Ga., five bass, 10-11, $1,274

               2nd:         Brian Reed, Cookeville, Tenn., four bass, 9-14, $637

               3rd:          Arthur Stephens, Shelbyville, Tenn., four bass, 9-11, $424

               4th:          Kenny Botts, Alvaton, Ky., four bass, 9-3, $297

               5th:          Mitchell Adams, Goodlettsville, Tenn., three bass, 7-6, $255

               6th:          Matt Langley, Lebanon, Tenn., three bass, 7-3, $434

               7th:          Kelly Stone, Westmoreland, Tenn., two bass, 5-13, $212

               8th:          Kibbee McCoy, Knoxville, Tenn., two bass, 5-10, $241

               9th:          Cole Cherry, Alvaton, Ky., three bass, 5-9, $170

               10th:        Kevin Barton, Franklin, Ky., two bass, 5-1, $149

Scott Marshall of Lebanon, Tennessee, caught the heaviest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 4 pounds, 2 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $132.

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