Henley Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Watts Bar Lake

September 17, 2018
BFL News Archive

ROCKWOOD, Tenn. (Sept. 17, 2018) – Boater Chase Henley of Kingston, Tennessee, won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Volunteer Division tournament on Watts Bar Lake Sunday with a two-day cumulative catch of 10 bass weighing 32 pounds, 15 ounces. For his win, Henley earned $5,126.

“On Saturday I caught them around the Kingston area of the lake. I caught them as the water was falling – I kind of moved out with the fish,” said Henley, who earned his first career win FLW competition. “I probably had four areas and fished laydowns and seawalls with a jig and buzzbait.”

Henley said he used a ½-ounce Green Pumpkin Craw-colored Strike King Greg Hackney Hack Attack jig with a Hematoma-colored Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver for the laydowns, and a 3/8-ounce Showboat Lures buzzbait with a white Zoom Split Tail trailer on the seawalls.

“I started out with the buzzbait on the seawalls, but when the sun came out I switched to the jig and laydowns,” said Henley. “They didn’t want to chase anything after the sun came out. I caught about eight keepers total.”

On Sunday, as the water level continued to fall, Henley said he ran to a part of the lake near the Kingston steam plant and the mouth of the Emory River. He said he targeted visible isolated wood and rocky points and was able to put around 13 keepers in the boat.

“It was more of a pattern on Day Two,” said Henley. “I started out with the buzzbait, and then switched to a homemade vibrating jig with a white (Zoom Z-Craw) trailer when it got windy. I saw some bubbles on the retrieve which means a change in pressure, and usually the buzzbait bite does better with that. That’s when I started catching them on both lures.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Chase Henley, Kingston, Tenn., 10 bass, 32-15, $5,126

               2nd:         Marcus Jackson, Dayton, Tenn., 10 bass, 30-13, $2,763

               3rd:          Ken Vicchio, Bluff City, Tenn., 10 bass, 28-9, $2,009

               4th:          John Murray, Spring City, Tenn., 10 bass, 27-5, $1,196

               5th:          Derrick Snavely, Piney Flats, Tenn., 10 bass, 26-15, $1,125

               6th:          Kevin Edwards, Knoxville, Tenn., 10 bass, 26-13, $940

               7th:          Troy Redwine, Crossville, Tenn., 10 bass, 26-10, $854

               8th:          Archie Wilson Jr., Corryton, Tenn., nine bass, 25-4, $769

               9th:          Joshua Short, Bean Station, Tenn., eight bass, 22-13, $998

               10th:        Derrick Blake, Rockwood, Tenn., eight bass, 22-3, $598


Rob Linkous of Rogersville, Tennessee, caught a bass weighing 4 pounds, 15 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division. The catch earned him the Boater Big Bass award of $315. Larry Brumett Jr. of Seymour, Tennessee, caught a two-day total of nine bass weighing 23 pounds, 3 ounces, to win the Co-angler Division and $2,641.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Larry Brumett Jr., Seymour, Tenn., nine bass, 23-3, $2,641

               2nd:         Tony Brown, Harriman, Tenn., six bass, 16-2, $1,270

               3rd:          Jason Ridenour, Loudon, Tenn., six bass, 15-2, $814

               4th:          Tim Godsey, Chickamauga, Ga., six bass, 14-13, $570

               5th:          Bradley Watts, Afton, Tenn., six bass, 13-10, $488

               6th:          Jaylen Andrews, Culleoka, Tenn., six bass, 13-6, $447

               7th:          Darren Kelly, Wartburg, Tenn., six bass, 12-13, $407

               8th:          Travis Nelson, Wartburg, Tenn., five bass, 12-13, $666

               9th:          Bill Freshour, Strawplains, Tenn., five bass, 11-12, $325

               10th:        Matt Brown, Harriman, Tenn., four bass, 10-11, $285

Nelson caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division – a fish weighing 4 pounds, 6 ounces – and earned the Co-angler Big Bass award of $300.