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Big Swimbait Key for Merrick

Big Swimbait Key for Merrick
William Merrick of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., won the April 23 Music City Division event on Percy Priest with an 18-pound, 4-ounce limit to claim over $3,600 in prize money.

William Merrick of Mount Juliet, Tennessee, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 18 pounds, 4 ounces, Saturday to win the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Music City Division tournament on Percy Priest presented by Navionics. For his victory, Merrick took home $3,648.

“I spent my day on the south end of the lake throwing a large swimbait,” explains Merrick, who earned his second win in FLW competition. “I slow-rolled it out deep for both pre- and postspawn bass in about 20 different spots. I preferred spawning banks that had a specific mix of rock and gravel.”

Merrick says he used a 7-inch, trout-colored Osprey Swimbait and caught nearly 13 keepers on the day.

“It’s a lot larger than most swimbaits used in this part of the country,” details Merrick. “It was definitely something the fish weren’t accustomed to seeing.”

Merrick says his limit consisted of three postspawn smallmouth and two prespawn largemouth bass.

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          William Merrick, Mount Juliet, Tenn., five bass, 18-4, $3,648

               2nd:         Chris Fondren, Lebanon, Tenn., five bass, 16-9, $1,324

               3rd:          Jeff Lokken, Lebanon, Tenn., five bass, 15-14, $882

               4th:          Brandon Edel, Hendersonville, Tenn., five bass, 13-10, $903

               5th:          Billy Hinson, Mount Juliet, Tenn., five bass, 13-6, $530

               6th:          Jeremy Ethridge, Murfreesboro, Tenn., five bass, 12-14, $463

               7th:          Charlie Crisp Jr., Catlettsburg, Ky., five bass, 12-14, $463

               8th:          Josh Tramel, Smithville, Tenn., five bass, 12-5, $397

               9th:          Adam Militana, Nashville, Tenn., five bass, 12-3, $353

               10th:        Brandon Maynard , Cookeville, Tenn., five bass, 12-2, $309

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.  

Edel caught a 5-pound, 9-ounce bass – the biggest of the tournament in the pro division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $285.

 

Co-angler Jacob Foutz of Charleston, Tenn., won the April 23 Music City Division event on Percy Priest with an 11-pound, 10-ounce limit to claim over $1,300 in winnings.

Foutz wins co-angler title

Jacob Foutz of Charleston, Tennessee, weighed in five bass totaling 11 pounds, 10 ounces, Saturday to win the co-angler division and earn $1,324.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Jacob Foutz, Charleston, Tenn., five bass, 11-10, $1,324

               2nd:         Jim Fontaine, Smyrna, Tenn., five bass, 10-12, $804

               3rd:          Jason McCanless, Lebanon, Tenn., five bass, 10-10, $440

               4th:          Michael Birdwell, Granville, Tenn., five bass, 10-4, $309

               5th:          Greg Whittaker, Monterey, Tenn. five bass, 10-2, $265

               6th:          Brandon Russell, Murfreesboro, Tenn., four bass, 8-14, $243

               7th:          Larry Anderson, Hillsboro, Ohio, three bass, 8-5, $221

               8th:          Jake Short, Lebanon, Tenn., four bass, 8-3, $199

               9th:          Alex Hester, Crossville, Tenn., four bass, 7-11, $177

               10th:        Brennon Binkley, Franklin, Tenn., three bass, 7-10, $154

Fontaine caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 3 pounds, 14 ounces and earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $142.

The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 27-29 Regional Championship on Lake Hartwell in Seneca, 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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