UPCOMING EVENT: PHOENIX BASS FISHING LEAGUE - 2020 - Sam Rayburn Reservoir

Simeri Squeaks by on Old Hickory

Simeri Squeaks by on Old Hickory
Rocco Simeri

Rocco Simeri of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Music City Division event on Old Hickory Lake Sunday with a two-day cumulative catch of eight bass weighing 22 pounds, 8 ounces. For his win, Simeri took home $6,731.

 

“I probably hit 10 to 15 areas each day of the tournament,” says Simeri, who earned first career-victory in FLW competition. “It was kind of a one-two punch of upper end- and mid-lake-fish, but I stayed mid-lake Sunday. I only had eight keepers all weekend, but still felt lucky. A lot of the anglers only brought in a couple each day.

 

“I primarily fished secondary creek points,” continues Simeri. “They were basically prespawn or postspawn staging areas. The fish and shad were pulled out due to receding water. My boat sat in 12 feet of water and I casted into spots that were 5 to 7 feet down.”

 

Simeri says his primary lure was a 5/16-ounce Texas Craw-colored Jewel Bait Finesse Jig with a Watermelon Red-colored Zoom Z Craw Jr. trailer.

 

“I fished it slow with some short hops,” says Simeri. “I made long casts to the bank and then brought it halfway back to the boat.”

 

The top 10 boaters:

              

1st:          Rocco Simeri, Murfreesboro, Tenn., eight bass, 22-8, $4,731 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus

              

2nd:         Hunter Bouldin, McMinnville, Tenn., 10 bass, 19-1, $2,365

              

3rd:          Brandon Edel, Hendersonville, Tenn., 10 bass, 17-11, $1,511

              

4th:          Adam Wagner, Cookeville, Tenn., 10 bass, 17-2, $1,057

              

5th:          Clark Cowley, Lebanon, Tenn., nine bass, 16-9, $906

              

6th:          John Graves, Mount Juliet, Tenn., seven bass, 14-11, $831

              

7th:          Tony Eckler, Lebanon, Tenn., seven bass, 13-15, $1,272

              

8th:          Josh Tramel, Smithville, Tenn., eight bass, 13-7, $680

              

9th:          Jack Poindexter, Livingston, Tenn., seven bass, 12-4, $604

              

10th:        Mickey Beck, Lebanon, Tenn., six bass, 11-1, $529

 

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.  

 

Eckler caught a bass weighing 6 pounds, 13 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division. The catch earned him the Boater Big Bass award of $517.

 

 

Co-angler Travis Puckett

 

Puckett wins co-angler title

 

Travis Puckett of Monroe, Tennessee, caught a two-day total of six bass weighing 10 pounds, 4 ounces, to win the Co-angler Division and $2,266.

 

The top 10 co-anglers:

              

1st:          Travis Puckett, Monroe, Tenn., six bass, 10-4, $2,266

              

2nd:         Robert Russell, Smyrna, Tenn., six bass, 10-3, $1,233

              

3rd:          John Wilkerson, Nashville, Tenn., six bass, 8-5, $805

              

4th:          Brandon Taylor, Russellville, Ky., three bass, 5-4, $529

              

5th:          Sterling Brenneis, Goodlettsville, Tenn., three bass, 5-1, $453

              

6th:          Ron Poland, Murfreesboro, Tenn., two bass, 5-0, $415

              

7th:          Charles Bennington, Scottsville, Ky., five bass, 4-15, $378

              

8th:          Richard Walker, Franklin, Tenn., two bass, 4-7, $340

              

9th:          Todd Knois, Shelbyville, Tenn., two bass, 4-1, $302

              

10th:        Edward Lovely, Manchester, Tenn., two bass, 3-10, $264

 

Joey Myers of Gallatin, Tennessee, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division – a fish weighing 3 pounds, 10 ounces – and earned the Co-angler Big Bass award of $259.

 

The T-H Marine FLW BFL Music City Division tournament on Old Hickory Lake was hosted by the Sumner County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

 

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 Wheeler Lake in Decatur, Alabama. 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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