Wyatt Wins Big In Tennessee Tournament
Lake Chickamauga winner Tim Wyatt.
Tim Wyatt earned nearly $4,000 by winning the Boater Division of the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Tennessee East Division 4 tournament, held March 26, 2011, on Lake Chickamauga.
Fishing the rainy 36,240-acre lake, the Crossville angler brought in five bass going 25.50 pounds to the scales at Chester Frost State Park. His biggest bass weighed 7.28 pounds. For the victory, he pocketed $2,755. As a Mercury outboard owner, he collected a $1,000 bonus.
?I had about 12 rods rigged up and caught a fish on half of them,? Wyatt said. ?I caught my two biggest fish on a black and blue jig, one by flipping and one by swimming it. I fished pockets about one to three feet deep in creeks.?
Between Watts Bar Lake and Nickajack Lake, Lake Chickamauga runs 59 miles along the Tennessee River, giving anglers more than 810 miles of shoreline to fish. Jared McMillon of Ooltewah fished from two feet of water to 18 feet deep to catch five bass weighing 23.77 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 9.31-pounder to earn $1,377.
?The big one hit a jig around lunchtime,? McMillon explained. ?It was a junk-fishing day. My most popular baits were jigs, rattling baits and a spinnerbait.?
Hot on McMillon transom, John Justice of Oliver Springs anchored his five-bass 23.59-pound bag with a 10.15 pounder that took big bass honors. He collected $918 for third place and a $325 bonus for the double-digit bucketmouth.
In fourth for the boaters, Chris McReynolds of Louisville, Tenn., landed a five-bass tournament limit weighing 22.02 pounds. Taking fifth, Rogne Brown of Hixson brought in five bass going 20.73 pounds.
Co-Angler winner Don Bible II.
In the Co-Angler Division, Don Bible II of Knoxville hit it big with three bass going 14.27 pounds to take home $1,377. He anchored his bag with a 9.14-pounder that won division big bass bragging rights and $163.
?I caught four fish and the last one was the biggest,? Bible said. ?I caught it at 3 p.m. The big fish hit a green pumpkin jig in about two feet of water. I caught two fish earlier on a Rat-L-Trap, but it was a struggle for the rest of the day.?
In second for the co-anglers, Danny Whaley of Kodak brought in three keepers for 14.06 pounds. Fishing his first BWS season, he collected $689.
?I caught most of my fish on a green pumpkin jig or a clown jerkbait around shallow brush,? Whaley said. ?I caught about six fish total.?
Another ABA rookie, Colton Oliver of Decatur, Tenn., landed a three-bass division limit going 12.66 pounds with one 5.53-pounder. He earned $459.
?What I brought in was what I caught,? Oliver said. ?Most of them hit a sexy shad Rat-L-Trap, but I caught my biggest on a chatterbait. I fished around stumps and could see the weigh-in from where I fished.?
James Erwin, also of Decatur, Tenn., finished fourth with three bass at 12.60 pounds. Jack Brown of Ooltewah, Tenn., followed in fifth place with three bass going 12.48 pounds.
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