UPCOMING EVENT: YETI College Fishing - 2019 - Sam Rayburn Reservoir


Deep Bite Carries McDeerman on Douglas Lake

Keith McDeerman

Keith McDeerman of Jacksboro, Tennessee, weighed five bass Saturday totaling 19 pounds even to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Volunteer Division tournament on Douglas Lake presented by Navionics. For his victory, McDeerman was awarded $3,879.


McDeerman spent the tournament fishing mid-lake points and humps next to deep water.


“I caught them all in deep water with a (Strike King) 10XD crankbait,” says McDeerman, who won fishing in his first-ever event with FLW. “I probably hit 30 spots, but I only caught fish on seven of them. I would pull in, make several casts, and then move on. Most of my fish were 20 to 25 feet deep.


“Douglas Lake is pretty slick-bottomed,” explains McDeerman. “There’s not a lot of structure, so the fish seemed to be holding on depth changes.”


McDeerman said he only had seven bites throughout his day and that he caught his final bass with less than 10 minutes left to fish.


The top 10 boaters:


1st:          Keith McDeerman, Jacksboro, Tenn., five bass, 19-0, $3,879

2nd:         Travis Lilly, Bluff City, Tenn., five bass, 16-13, $1,840

3rd:          Craig Powers, Rockwood, Tenn., five bass, 16-11, $1,225

4th:          Tee Watkins, East Point, Ky., five bass, 16-8, $859

5th:          Cory Ownby, Seymour, Tenn., five bass, 15-14, $736

6th:          Rex Pendergrass, Bristol, Tenn., five bass, 15-13, $1,075

7th:          Gunter O'Dell, Dandridge, Tenn., five bass, 15-5, $613

8th:          Greg Moore, Briceville, Tenn., five bass, 15-1, $552

9th:          Brian Dortch, Bean Station, Tenn., five bass, 14-9, $971

10th:        Brant Grimm, Church Hill, Tenn., five bass, 14-3, $429


Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.  


Dortch caught a bass weighing 5 pounds, 10 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – which earned him the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $480.



Justin McGaha


McGaha wins co-angler title


Justin McGaha of Knoxville, Tennessee, won the Co-angler Division and $2,226 Saturday after weighing a five-bass limit totaling 16 pounds, 8 ounces.


The top 10 co-anglers:


1st:          Justin McGaha, Knoxville, Tenn., five bass, 16-8, $2,226

2nd:         David Blakely, Kingsport, Tenn., five bass, 14-8, $898

3rd:          Steve Hall, Hillsville, Va., five bass, 12-10, $598

4th:          Michael Fields, Duffield, Va., three bass, 12-4, $419

5th:          Don Bible, Knoxville, Tenn., five bass, 12-1, $359

6th:          Brandon Hartgrove, Hiltons, Va., five bass, 11-8, $329

7th:          Bryan Morton, Knoxville, Tenn., four bass, 11-4, $349

8th:          Allen Hicks, Castlewood, Va., five bass, 11-3, $269

9th:         Doug Austin, Bristol, Va., five bass, 11-0, $239

10th:        Charles Roberts, Lebanon, Va., five bass, 10-14, $210


McGaha also caught the biggest bass among Co-angler Division anglers, a fish weighing 5 pounds, 6 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $230.


The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 12-14 BFL Regional Championship on the James River in Williamsburg, Virginia. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard.

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