Steadman Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Tims Ford Lake

Steadman Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Tims Ford Lake David Steadman Jr. won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Music City Division tournament on Tims Ford Lake

WINCHESTER, Tenn. (May 14, 2018) – Boater David Steadman Jr. of Normandy, Tennessee, won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Music City Division tournament on Tims Ford Lake Saturday with a five-bass limit weighing 14 pounds, 13 ounces. Steadman pocketed $2,648 for his win.


“I fished the main-lake area with a shad-colored crankbait and caught about 20 fish total,” said Steadman, who logged his first career win in FLW competition. “I focused on transition banks where postspawn fish were heading back out into the lake. Some of the spots had rocks, some had gravel and some were a mix. They were fairly typical locations where I’ve caught postspawners in the past.”


Steadman said he worked through 11 different areas to craft his limit.


“I hit a lull during the day from around 10:30 (a.m.) until noon, but I stuck with it and caught two of my biggest late in the day,” said Steadman.


Steadman said the fish in his areas were all smallmouth in practice, but on the day of the tournament there were largemouth present as well.


“I think I caught five largemouth during the event and ended up weighing four smallmouth and one largemouth.”


The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          David Steadman Jr., Normandy, Tenn., five bass, 14-13, $2,648

               2nd:         John Wilkerson, Nashville, Tenn., five bass, 14-3, $1,524

               3rd:          Matt Stanley, Alexandria, Tenn., five bass, 13-13, $982

               4th:          Tony Eckler, Lebanon, Tenn., five bass, 13-4, $574

               4th:          Cornell Creciun III, Nolensville, Tenn., five bass, 13-4, $574

               6th:          Adam Wagner, Cookeville, Tenn., five bass, 12-9, $485

               7th:          Mark Condron, Wilton, Conn., five bass, 12-7, $441

               8th:          Josh Tramel, Smithville, Tenn., five bass, 12-6, $397

               9th:          Hunter Bouldin, McMinnville, Tenn., five bass, 11-13, $353

               10th:        Daniel Johnson, Lebanon, Tenn., five bass, 11-12, $293

               10th:        Gerald Williams, Scottsville, Ky., five bass, 11-12, $293


Rocco Simeri of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, brought a 4-pound, 11-ounce bass to the scale – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $285. Bryan Brinson of Hendersonville, Tennessee, won the Co-angler Division and $1,324 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 12 pounds, 5 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Bryan Brinson, Hendersonville, Tenn., five bass, 12-5, $1,324

               2nd:         Marty Barnes, Crossville, Tenn., four bass, 9-9, $662

               3rd:          Eric Eden, Hartsville, Tenn., five bass, 9-1, $440

               4th:          Ryan Cross, Murfreesboro, Tenn., four bass, 7-15, $309

               5th:          Sam Loveless, Somerset, Ky., four bass, 7-6, $265

               6th:          Jake May, La Vergne, Tenn., three bass, 7-1, $243

               7th:          Gregory Goodwin, Louisville, Ky., three bass, 6-10, $221

               8th:          Austin Mitchell, Antioch, Tenn., three bass, 6-5, $199

               9th:          Devin Bargatze, Nashville, Tenn., two bass, 5-6, $377

               10th:        Blake Balent, Gallatin, Tenn., two bass, 5-4, $154

Jordan Young of Hillsboro, Tennessee, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division weighing in at 4 pounds, 3 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $142.

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