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Humbard and Neece Tie For Win at T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Volunteer Division Event on Cherokee Lake

Humbard and Neece Tie For Win at T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Volunteer Division Event on Cherokee Lake
FLW News Release

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. – Boaters Corey Neece of Bristol, Tennessee, and Bill Humbard of New Market, Tennessee, each weighed a five-bass limit Saturday totaling 15 pounds, 12 ounces to tie for the win at the 2018 T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Volunteer Division event on Cherokee Lake. Each angler took home $2,665, while Humbard also earned an additional $1,000 in contingency prize bonuses.

Both winning anglers said that they fished the lower end of the lake, targeting and rotating through humps and points near the dam. Both estimated that they caught around 30 keepers and both weighed in limits consisting entirely of smallmouth.

“I was fishing with a swimbait and a finesse worm,” Humbard said. “They really wanted a slower presentation. My co-angler would grab the net for me and let his swimbait just lay on the bottom. When he picked it up, there was a few times that he had a fish on it.”

Humbard’s swimbait was a blue and chartreuse-colored Keitech Swing Impact 2.8, fished on a ¼ ounce swimbait head. His finesse worm was a watermelon red-colored Zoom Finesse worm, rigged on a 1/8-ounce Buckeye Lures Spot Remover jig. He estimated that he caught half of his fish on each bait.

“I think the key for me was the bottom – the smallmouth were really relating to the pea gravel,” Neece said. “I had four places that I just rotated through all day long and every time I would come back through more fish had pulled up.”

Neece said his bait of choice was a 5-inch Carolina-rigged green-pumpkin Zoom Lizard.

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

              1st:          Bill Humbard, New Market, Tenn., five bass, 15-12, $3,665

              1st:          Corey Neece, Bristol, Tenn., five bass, 15-12, $2,665

              3rd:         Kyle Smith, Elizabethton, Tenn., five bass, 15-2, $1,185

              4th:         Tate Rice, Newport, Tenn., five bass, 14-10, $1,284

              5th:         Tyler Duckworth, Gray, Tenn., five bass, 14-3, $711

              6th:         Jeremy Gordon, Rutledge, Tenn., five bass, 14-0, $851

              7th:         J.R. Henard, Rogersville, Tenn., five bass, 13-8, $592

              8th:         Hermilo Salgado, Artemus, Ky., five bass, 13-7, $633

              9th:         Lukas Phillips, Athens, Tenn., five bass, 12-10, $474

              10th:       Matt Brown, Corbin, Ky., five bass, 12-9, $415

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Rice caught a bass weighing 5 pounds, 3 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $455.

Dustin Johnson of Elizabethton, Tennessee, won the Co-angler Division and $2,004 Saturday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 14 pounds, 14 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

              1st:          Dustin Johnson, Elizabethton, Tenn., five bass, 14-14, $2,004

              2nd:         Jason Bridwell, Kingsport, Tenn., five bass, 13-3, $1,088

              3rd:         David Blakely, Kingsport, Tenn., five bass, 13-0, $642

              4th:         Brandon Harris, Spring City, Tenn., four bass, 12-12, $415

              5th:         Mark Dillard, Bluff City, Tenn., five bass, 12-6, $355

              6th:         Greg Ray, Bandy, Va., five bass, 12-0, $311

              6th:         Lester Botts, Blountville, Tenn., five bass, 12-0, $311

              8th:         Dennis Lewis, Powell, Tenn., five bass, 11-15, $267

              9th:         Bradley Watts, Afton, Tenn., five bass, 11-14, $237

              10th:       Darren Miller, Bristol, Tenn., five bass, 11-13, $207

Johnson also caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division – a 4-pound, 1-ounce fish that earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $227.

The T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Volunteer Division event at Lake Cherokee was hosted by the Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce.

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. 18-20 BFL Regional Championship on Lake Norman in Huntersville, North Carolina. 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.

The 2018 BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the BFL All-American. The 2018 BFL All-American will be held May 31-June 2 at Cross Lake in Shreveport, Louisiana, and is hosted by the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission. Top performers in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the FLW Tour.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League on FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTube and Snapchat.

About FLW

FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money in 2018 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW and their partners conduct 286 bass-fishing tournaments annually around the world, including the United States, Canada, China, Italy, South Korea, Mexico, Portugal, South Africa and Spain. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW" television show, broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, while FLW Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros. For more information visit FLWFishing.com and follow FLW at FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTube and Snapchat.

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