Gaylor Takes Title in Tight Tennessee tourney

With only three keepers, Brandon R. Gaylor still won the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Tennessee East Division 4 tournament, held April 13, 2013, on Watts Bar Lake.

Running out of Tom Fuller Park in Rockwood to fish the 39,000-acre Tennessee River impoundment between Knoxville and Chattanooga, the Oliver Springs, Tenn., angler caught three bass weighing 13.46 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 5.24-pounder that earned the tournament big bass title. For the Boater Division victory, Gaylor took home a check for $1,912 plus another $180 for the big bass.

“I caught two bass on a jerkbait around secondary points and one on a red Bandit Model 200 crankbait around stumps on the bank,” Gaylor said. “All the fish were shallow. I lost one small smallmouth.”

In second for the boaters, Jack Dunaway of Kingston, Tenn., brought in four bass going 12.43 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 3.89-pounder to pocket $956.

“I caught my fish in about three feet of water on a spinnerbait,” Dunaway explained. “We fished the middle part of the lake. I had number five on twice, but couldn’t land it.”

Hensley Powell of Whitwell, Tenn., scored a five-bass tournament limit for 11.92 pounds. He collected a check worth $637.

“I went up north, but the water was too dirty, so we came down south and flipped jigs in creeks,” Powell recalled. “I put a super chunk on the back of the jig.”

In fourth place among the boaters, Chris Whitson of Louisville, Tenn., landed three keepers going 11.17 pounds. Rogne Brown of Hixson, Tenn., followed with a five bass limit for 11 pounds.

John E. Sanchez
John E. Sanchez

In the Co-Angler Division, John E. Sanchez of Friendsville, Tenn., won with three bass at 14.07 pounds for a 4.69-pound average. He upped his average by catching a 5.23-pound kicker that led the division big bass contest. For the victory, Sanchez collected $929 with an extra $88 for the big bass.

“It was one of those days in which everything went right,” Sanchez admitted. “My boater, George Wells, did all the hard work and found the fish. We caught our fish on a crankbait and a Rat-L-Trap in about two to 10 feet of water. We ran about 20 miles up the lake, but it was really dirty up there so we came back down and fished some cleaner water.”

John H. Cochran of Bryson City, N.C., finished in second with a three-bass division limit for 11.35 pounds. He capped his catch with a 4.23-pound kicker, earning $465.

“I used a Carolina rig in about four feet of water,” Cochran advised. “I also caught some on a shaky head. We fished the middle part of the lake. I lost one good fish, but don’t know if it would have helped me.”

In third for the co-anglers, Harold Parsons of Knoxville, Tenn., found two keepers going 9.56 pounds. One of his fish weighed 5.08 pounds. He collected $310 for the effort.

“We fished the south end of the lake,” Parsons revealed. “The first fish hit a Tennessee rig. Then, we fished a little thinner water and caught fish on a Spro Little John MD crankbait.”

John Carpenter of Signal Mountain, Tenn., landed in fourth place among the co-anglers with two bass at 8.18 pounds including a 4.16-pound kicker. Barry Brown of Rockwood, Tenn., landed a three-bass limit for 8.12 pounds and fifth place.

For more information, call Billy Benedetti, tournament manager, at 256-230-5632 or ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see

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