Pelfrey Takes the Win on Douglas Lake
ATHENS, Ala. – Jonathan Pelfrey of Rockwood TN, won the Bass Pro Shops Open Series event held on Douglas Lake on 6/8/19. Running out of Dandridge Public dock in Dandridge, TN Pelfrey weighed in a five bass limit weighing 12.46 pounds. He took home a check for $1400.00 for the win.
“I fished deep all day in the 25-38-foot range,” said Pelfrey. “I had 10 keepers all coming on a jig, I just couldn’t catch any big ones.”
In second place for the boaters Bobby Tadlock of Clinton, TN weighed in a five bass limit weighing 12.26 pounds. His limit was anchored by a bass weighing 4.22 pounds.
“I was all over the place,” said Tadlock. “I was fishing anywhere from 5 to 20 feet. I’d run in and catch some on topwater then move out catching them on a 6XD and a Carolina rig. Thanks to Mercury motors, Ranger boats and Carlise tires.”
Taking third for the boaters Jeff Knight of Cleveland, TN weighed in a five bass limit weighing 12.01 pounds. His limit was anchored by a bass weighing 4.32 pounds which was the largest bass weighed in by a boater. Knight took home $720.00 for the effort.
“I flipped shallow all day,” said Knight. “I was flipping and kicking up mud with my trolling motor and I flipped in and saw the mud boil and I caught my biggest fish.”
In fourth place for the boaters Eddie Ball of Newport TN, weighed in a five bass limit weighing 11.04 pounds. Rounding out the top five, Brian Hatfield of Spring City, TN weighed in five bass for 10.21 pounds.
In the co-angler division Joseph Yocum of Strawberry Plains TN, weighed in three bass that weighed 7.02 pounds. His catch was anchored by a bass weighing 4.23 pounds which was the biggest bass weighed in by a co-angler. Yocum collected $780.00 for his catch.
“I was flipping a jig in 4-8 foot,” said Yocum. “There was just no size to the fish I was catching. I caught my big fish in the last 30 minutes.”
In second place for the co-anglers Jerry Neuner of Rutherfordton, NC weighed in three bass for 6.91 pounds. His limit was anchored by a bass weighing 3.83 pounds.
Neuner was unavailable for comment.
Taking third for the co-anglers Jonathan Cruver of Dayton, TN weighed in a three bass limit weighing 5.25 pounds
“I had my limit by 6:45 this morning on a dropshot in 19 foot of water,” said Cruver. “I also caught some fish on a Carolina rig in about 6 foot. We caught all our fish from the same spot.”
In fourth place for the co-anglers, Alex Perez of Chattanooga, TN weighed in three bass for 4.52 pounds. Rounding out the top five, William Wilson of Morgantown, KY weighed in three bass for 4.42 pounds.
The next event for the East Tennessee division will be held on 7/13/19 on Watts Bar lake launching from Tom Fuller Park in Rockwood TN.
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