Tim Smiley of White Pine, Tennessee, weighed a two-day total of six bass totaling 20 pounds, 12 ounces to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Volunteer Division Super Tournament on Watts Bar Lake Sunday. For his victory, Smiley earned $7,182.
“On Saturday, I caught my first fish flipping a jig in about 2 feet of water,” said Smiley, who picked up the fifth BFL win of his career. “The next keeper I caught was on a Carolina rig in about 15 feet of water. It weighed over 4 pounds. Then, I caught one on a Heddon Zara Spook fishing up the river, and another one out deep in 15 feet of water on a crankbait.”
Smiley said that the two fish that he caught on Sunday both came deep, one on a Strike King 6XD and the other on a Carolina-rigged green pumpkin Netbait Mad Paca.
“I was fishing places where I have caught them for years,” Smiley said . “I landed all the good bites I had, so all things considered it went well. It always feels good to win, especially in a tournament as tough as this one.”
Rounding out the top 10 pros were:
2nd: Brandon Gaylor, Oliver Springs, Tenn., seven bass, 20-0, $2,441
3rd: Jonathan Bowling, Harriman, Tenn., seven bass, 18-9, $1,625
4th: Ryan Inklebarger, Knoxville, Tenn., five bass, 18-5, $1,139
5th: James Biondo, Tellico Plains, Tenn., five bass, 17-6, $976
6th: Ronnie Taylor, Harriman, Tenn., five bass, 17-5, $895
7th: Anthony Revis, Dayton, Tenn., six bass, 16-15, $814
8th: Seth Davis, Decatur, Tenn., six bass, 16-13, $732
9th: Kevin Powers, Unicoi, Tenn., six bass, 14-10, $651
10th: Jeff Knight, Cleveland, Tenn., six bass, 13-11, $570
Complete results can be found at FLWOutdoors.com.
Don Bible II of Knoxville, Tennessee, weighed in a two-day total of five bass totaling 13 pounds, 11 ounces to win $2,441 in the co-angler division Sunday.
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:
2nd: Shaun Ramsey, Maynardville, Tenn., four bass, 12-3, $1,220
3rd: Darren Kelly, Wartburg, Tenn., five bass, 10-13, $814
4th: Sam Overton, Heiskell, Tenn., four bass, 10-8, $570
5th: Brad Mattie, Oak Ridge, Tenn., two bass, 8-5, $488
6th: Rick Mayberry, Harriman, Tenn., two bass, 7-11, $447
7th: Derek Holly, Johnson City, Tenn., two bass, 7-4, $407
8th: Kevin Hughes, Bristol, Va., two bass, 7-0, $366
9th: Jimmy Flanagan, Kingston, Tenn., three bass, 6-14, $325
10th: Brandon James, Newport, Tenn., two bass, 5-15, $285
The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 9-11 Regional Championship on Pickwick Lake in Florence, Alabama. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy Silverado, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C 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. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the Rayovac FLW Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.
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