UPCOMING EVENT: FLW Pro Circuit - 2020 - Sam Rayburn Reservoir

Hicks Runs Points for Win

Hicks Runs Points for Win
Tim Hicks won the April 2 Volunteer Division event on South Holston with a 21-pound, 6-ounce limit to claim over $7,100 in winnings.

Tim Hicks of Kingsport, Tennessee, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 21 pounds, 6 ounces, Saturday to win the second FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Volunteer Division tournament of 2016 on South Holston Reservoir. For his victory, Hicks took home $7,119.

Hicks concentrated on mid-lake points using a Texas-rigged, 4½-inch green-pumpkin-colored Roboworm Straight Tail Worm. He says he fished slowly while working his way along 50-yard stretches.

“I wanted to get the worm down into the 12-foot range,” says Hicks, who earned his first win in FLW competition. “The bass were a lot closer to the points this year than in the past, and I don’t think a lot of competitors noticed that. That was a big deal.”

Hicks says he fished nearly 25 points, citing their location as a key part of his pattern.

“On the upper end of Holston, the bigger fish have already spawned, but down south they haven’t even started,” says Hicks. “That’s why the mid-lake areas were so ripe. The shallower, longer points with rocks were the most productive.”

The Tennessee angler went on to say that he caught approximately 12 keepers over the course of the event.

“The majority of my fish came later in the day,” says Hicks. “On sunny days, the big ones come up in the afternoon during the spawn. All I needed to do was be up close to them.”

The top 10 boaters:

1st:          Tim Hicks, Kingsport, Tenn., five bass, 21-6, $5,119 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus

2nd:         Brandon Booher, Bristol, Tenn., five bass, 20-9, $2,059

3rd:          Bryan Leonard, Blountville, Tenn., five bass, 20-6, $1,374

4th:          Corey Cook, Delbarton, W. Va., five bass, 20-4, $961

5th:          Rod Grayson, Bristol, Va., five bass, 19-7, $789

5th:          Doug Burke, Castlewood, Va., five bass, 19-7, $1,354

7th:          Doug Austin, Bristol, Va., five bass, 19-3, $686

8th:          Larry Neal, Piney Flats, Tenn., five bass, 18-10, $918

9th:          Brandon Stanley, Johnson City, Tenn., five bass, 18-1, $549

10th:        Jonathan Bowling, Harriman, Tenn., five bass, 18-0, $480

Complete results can be found here.  

Burke caught a 7-pound, 3-ounce bass – the biggest of the tournament in the pro division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $565.

 

Co-angler Steven Brady won the April 2 won the Volunteer Division event on South Holston with a 21-pound, 5-ounce limit to win over $1,900.

Brady wins co-angler title

Steven Brady of Woodlawn, Virginia, weighed in five bass totaling 21 pounds, 5 ounces Saturday to earn $1,940 and win the co-angler division.

The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:          Steven Brady, Woodlawn, Va., five bass, 21-5, $1,940

2nd:         Stephen  Patterson, Marion, Va., five bass, 20-11, $970

3rd:          Joseph Renfro, Kingsport, Tenn., five bass, 17-13, $646

4th:          Andy Francis, Abingdon, Va., five bass, 17-12, $453

5th:          Donnie Holder, Mooresburg, Tenn., five bass, 17-11, $388

6th:          Jeff Green, Pennington Gap, Va., five bass, 16-8, $356

7th:          Kelsey Harvey, Jonesborough, Tenn., five bass, 15-15, $323

8th:          Nick Coker, Knoxville, Tenn., five bass, 15-4, $291

9th:          Don Bible II, Knoxville, Tenn., five bass, 14-15, $259

10th:        Michael Johnson, Bristol, Va., five bass, 14-14, $226

Wayne Musick of Lebanon, Virginia, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 6 pounds even and earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $257.

The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 6-8 Regional Championship on Kerr Lake in Henderson, North 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  2016-04-02-south-holston-reservoir 

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