UPCOMING EVENT: PHOENIX BASS FISHING LEAGUE - 2020 - Lake Mitchell

Jig and Wakebait Lift Knight to Victory

Jig and Wakebait Lift Knight to Victory
Jeff Knight of Cleveland, Tenn., won the May 9 Volunteer Division event on South Holston with a 17-pound, 2-ounce limit to earn over $3,500.

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Jeff Knight of Cleveland, Tennessee, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 17 pounds, 2 ounces Saturday to win the third Walmart Bass Fishing League Volunteer Division tournament of 2015 on South Holston Reservoir. For his victory, Knight earned $3,514.

Knight said his winning bass came from spots near the South Holston Dam, where there was lay-downs on the main river.

“My boat sat in about 35 feet of water and I would fish the drop-offs,” said Knight. “There was a lot of action in the trees so I knew I would be sticking around there for a while. I caught nine keepers in the 3½- to 4-pound range by the end of the day.”

Knight said his key baits were a green-pumpkin-colored V&M football-head jig and a bone-colored wakebait.

“I would just keep running the wakebait across the top of those trees and grab the jig if that didn’t work,” said Owen. “Luckily the fish weren’t too finicky’s.”

The top 10 boaters:

1st:          Jeff Knight, Cleveland, Tenn., five bass, 17-2, $3,514

2nd:         Wayne Coppage, Jonesboro, Tenn., five bass, 16-1, $1,757

3rd:          Kevin Edwards, Knoxville, Tenn., five bass, 15-15, $1,172

4th:          Seth Austin, Bristol, Tenn., five bass, 15-13, $820

5th:          Sam Meade, Coeburn, Va., five bass, five bass, 15-7, $703

6th:          Nick Meadows, Cedar Bluff, Va., five bass, 14-14, $644

7th:          Jimmy Amburgey, Lebanon, Va., five bass, 14-11, $556

7th:          Doug Burke, Castlewood, Va., five bass, 14-11, $556

9th:          Derrick Blake, Rockwood, Tenn., five bass, 14-7, $469

10th:        Corey Neece, Bristol, Tenn., five bass, 14-2, $410              

Complete results can be found here.  

Jerry Goodner of Cleveland, Tennessee, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division, a fish weighing 5 pounds, 4 ounce and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $450.

Smith wins co-angler title

Co-angler Craig Smith of Knoxville, Tenn., won the May 9 Volunteer Division event on South Holston with a 12-pound, 12-ounce limit to earn over $1,700.

Craig Smith of Knoxville, Tennessee, weighed in a five-bass limit totaling 12 pounds, 12 ounces Saturday to win $1,753 in the co-angler division.

The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:          Craig Smith, Knoxville, Tenn., five bass, 12-12, $1,753

2nd:         Joshua Jernigan, Rocky Top, Tenn., five bass, 12-8, $876

3rd:          Marcus White, Johnson City, Tenn., five bass, 11-15, $585

4th:          Jason Melton, Knoxville, Tenn., three bass, 9-2, $409

5th:          Christopher Fleming, Clinchco, Va., four bass, 8-12, $351

6th:          Wade Gilbert, Lafayette, Ga., three bass, 8-10, $306

6th:          Jessee Roberts, Big Stone Gap, Va., four bass, 8-10, $306

8th:          Franklin Ray, Unicoi, Tenn., three bass, 8-3, $263

9th:          Tony Brown, Harriman, Tenn., three bass, 8-0, $219

9th:          Steve Hall, Hillsville, Va., three bass, 8-0, $219

Luther Crass Jr. of Harriman, Tennessee, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $220.

The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 15-17 Regional Championship on Lake Wateree in Camden, South Carolina. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.

Tags: volunteer-division  south-holston-reservoir  headline-story  2015-05-09-south-holston-reservoir 

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