UPCOMING EVENT: PHOENIX BASS FISHING LEAGUE - 2020 - Lake Wylie

Blaine's Sales Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake Cherokee

Blaine's Sales Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake Cherokee
Hunter Sales

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. – Boater Hunter Sales of Blaine, Tennessee, caught five bass Saturday weighing 14 pounds, 12 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Volunteer Division event on Lake Cherokee. Sales earned $3,455 for his efforts.

“At blast off I made a 15 minute run in my Nitro to the lower end of the lake, near the dam, and started the day on smallmouth,” said Sales, an FLW College Fishing angler who was fishing in his first career BFL tournament. “I caught probably 30 to 40 smallmouth in that first hour on a blue and chartreuse-colored Keitech 2.8 swimbait. I had around 12 pounds by 10 a.m., so I left and spent the rest of the day looking for big largemouth.

“I ended up catching around 15 largemouth, and brought a limit in consisting of two smallmouth and three largemouth,” Sales continued. “I was fishing in the backs of any pocket that I could find on the lake with a swimjig and a Big Bite Baits paddletail swimbait trailer, skipping it underneath overhangs and docks.”

Although Sales weighed in just two smallmouth, he credited the brown fish as being the key to his victory.

“The key for me was really that limit of smallmouth early,” Sales went on to say. “It helped to settle me down and allowed me to fish shallow the rest of the day, just searching for those big bites. It took the pressure off and I was able to fish relaxed.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

 1st: Hunter Sales, Blaine, Tenn., five bass, 14-12, $3,455

 2nd: John Napier, Middlesboro, Ky., five bass, 14-4, $1,728

 3rd: Bill Humbard, New Market, Tenn., five bass, 13-13, $1,084

 4th: Jason Sosebee, Knoxville, Tenn., five bass, 13-2, $705

 4th: Jonathan Bowling, Harriman, Tenn., five bass, 13-2, $955

 6th: Griffin Heffington, Dayton, Ga., five bass, 13-0, $597

 7th: Corey Neece, Bristol, Tenn., five bass, 12-14, $543

 8th: Derrick Blake, Rockwood, Tenn., five bass, 12-11, $788

 9th: Colton Bryan, Sevierville, Tenn., five bass, 12-8, $434

 10th: Nick Huff, Bean Station, Tenn., five bass, 12-4, $380

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Kevin Edwards of Knoxville, Tennessee, caught a 4-pound, 7-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $400.

Brandon Harris of Spring City, Tennessee, won the Co-angler Division and $1,895 Saturday after catching four bass weighing 11 pounds, 11 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

 1st: Brandon Harris, Spring City, Tenn., four bass, 11-11, $1,895

 2nd: Bill King, Greenback, Tenn., five bass, 11-3, $717

 2nd: Alex Perez, Chattanooga, Tenn., five bass, 11-3, $817

 4th: David Shreve, Knoxville, Tenn., five bass, 11-0, $347

 4th: Bobby Smith, Asheville, N.C., five bass, 11-0, $347

 6th: Brandon Garrison, Knoxville, Tenn., five bass, 10-1, $294

 7th: Don Bible, Knoxville, Tenn., five bass, 9-12, $267

 8th: Chris Frazier, Gate City, Va., four bass, 9-7, $240

 9th: Samuel Smith, Girdler, Ky., four bass, 8-13, $214

 10th: Larry Brumett Jr., Bristol, Va., three bass, 7-12, $287

Harris also caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 3 pounds, 14 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $192.

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. 3-5 BFL Regional Championship on Lake Hartwell in Walhalla, South Carolina. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard.

The 2019 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 2019 BFL All-American will be held May 30-June 1 at the Potomac River in Marbury, Maryland, and is hosted by the Charles County Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism and the Commissioners of Charles County. 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 FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

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 2019 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW and their partners conduct more than 290 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 while FLW Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros. For more information visit FLWFishing.com and follow FLW at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

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