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Henard Heating Up

Henard Heating Up
J.R. Henard of Rogersville, Tennessee, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 18 pounds, 13 ounces to win the Volunteer Division tournament on Cherokee Lake. For his victory, Henard earned $5,514.

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. – J.R. Henard of Rogersville, Tennessee, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 18 pounds, 13 ounces Saturday to win the fourth Walmart Bass Fishing League Volunteer Division tournament of 2015 on Cherokee Lake. For his victory, Henard earned $5,514.

“Last season I was able to finish strong so that’s what I’m using as motivation this year,” said Henard who was the BFL Wild Card tournament champion last fall. “I’m excited to see what the next few months bring.

“I started at an offshore spot dragging a black and blue-colored Profound Outdoors Swamper football-head jig and I caught my first two keepers within 45 minutes,” said Henard. “I stayed deep, but couldn’t find anything for a long time so I decided to head in shallow and flip willow trees and caught a few more good fish.”

Around 2 o’clock, Henard said he caught his largest fish – a 6-pounder – on a white Spro Poppin’ Frog.

“The frog had a unique shade of white that the bass seemed to be reacting to well,” Henard said.

Looking ahead, Henard hopes he can surpass his success from the 2014 tournament season.

“Winning tournaments like this is just the fuel I need to do more preparation work and fish harder,” Henard said.

The top 10 boaters:

1st:          J.R. Henard, Rogersville, Tenn., five bass, 18-13, $3,514 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus

2nd:         Jimmy-Kyle Clark, Morristown, Tenn., five bass, 14-15, $1,757

3rd:          Randy Brown, Mosheim, Tenn., five bass, 14-13, $1,172

4th:          Lance Grigsby, Luttrell, Tenn., five bass, 12-15, $761

4th:          Tony Morton, Maryville, Tenn., five bass, 12-15, $761

6th:          Kevin McKamey, Clinton, Tenn., five bass, 11-10, $615

6th:          Tim Smiley, White Pine, Tenn., five bass, 11-10, $615

8th:          George Carroll, Clinton, Tenn., five bass, 10-11, $527

9th:          Jimbo Harris, Maryville, Tenn., five bass, 10-6, $469

10th:        Brad Napier, Harts, W. Va., four bass, 10-4, $410              

Complete results can be found here.  

Henard also caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division, a fish weighing 6 pounds, 2 ounces and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $450.

Freshour wins co-angler division

Co-angler Volunteer Division

Bill Freshour of Strawberry Plains, Tennessee, weighed in five bass totaling 11 pounds, 9 ounces Saturday to win $1,757 in the co-angler division.

The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:          Bill Freshour, Strawberry Plains, Tenn., five bass, 11-9, $1,757

2nd:         Matt Hall, Woodlawn, Va., four bass, 8-10, $879

3rd:          Matt Brown, Harriman, Tenn., five bass, 8-8, $585

4th:          Donnie Holder, Mooresburg, Tenn., four bass, 8-3, $410

5th:          Jason Lake, Barbourville, Ky., three bass, 7-10, $351

6th:          Ron Nelson, Kodak, Tenn., five bass, 7-8, $322

7th:          Joseph Jenkins, Harrogate, Tenn., three bass, 6-13, $293

8th:          Dustin Dyer, Knoxville, Tenn., three bass, 6-12, $264

9th:          Travis Carpenter, Rogersville, Tenn., three bass, 6-9, $234

10th:        John Ball, Rogersville, Tenn., three bass, 6-3, $205

John Coker of Knoxville, Tennessee, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $225.

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.

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