Tim Smiley of White Pine, Tenn., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 17 pounds, 6 ounces Saturday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Volunteer Division event on Lake Cherokee. For his victory, Smiley earned $5,677.
Rounding out the top 10 pros were:
2nd: Rex Pendergrass, Bristol, Tenn., five bass, 15-12, $1,689
3rd: Kenneth Owens, Wise, Va., five bass, 15-4, $1,128
4th: Ken Vicchio, Bluff City, Tenn., five bass, 13-15, $788 + $300 Evinrude Bonus
5th: Tory Ferrell, Morristown, Tenn., five bass, 13-12, $675
6th: Keith Iddins, Knoxville, Tenn., five bass, 13-10, $619
7th: Burton Bryan, Sevierville, Tenn., five bass, 13-7, $563
8th: Wayne Coppage, Jonesboro, Tenn., five bass, 13-5, $507
9th: Jimbo Harris, Maryville, Tenn., five bass, 13-2, $422
9th: David Mullins, Mount Carmel, Tenn., five bass, 13-2, $422
Matt Brown of Harriman, Tenn., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 13 pounds, 11 ounces Saturday to win $1,689 in the co-angler division.
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:
2nd: Dennis Lewis, Powell, Tenn., five bass, 12-2, $844
3rd: Navada Smith, Rogersville, Tenn., five bass, 12-1, $564
4th: Kibbee McCoy, Crossville, Tenn., five bass, 10-15, $394
5th: Josh Russell, Lafollette, Tenn., four bass, 9-4, $338
6th: Colby Frost, Abingdon, Va., three bass, 9-2, $310
7th: William King, Maryville, Tenn., four bass, 9-1, $281
8th: Brandon McKamey, Clinton, Tenn., four bass, 9-0, $253
9th: Wes Ratcliff, Knoxville, Tenn., four bass, 8-8, $225
10th: Tim Cales, Sandstone, W. Va., three bass, 8-2, $197
The final BFL Volunteer Division tournament of 2013 is scheduled for Sept. 21-22 on Watts Bar Lake in Rockwood, Tenn. After the last divisional tournament is complete, the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 17-19 Regional Championship on Lake Hartwell in Lavonia, Ga. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy Silverado, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.
The BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 120 tournaments throughout the season, five in each division. The top 40 boaters and co-anglers from each division qualify for a regional tournament and compete to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy. The 2013 BFL All-American is being held June 27–29 on Nickajack Lake in Chattanooga, Tenn. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the EverStart Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.
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