Rodney Clawson takes title on Old Hickory

Rodney Clawson takes title on Old Hickory
Rodney Clawson takes title on Old Hickory

Rodney D. Clawson went deep to win the Toyota Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers Tennessee Central Division 3 tournament, held June 15, 2013, on Old Hickory Lake.

Running out of Flipper’s Bull Creek in Gallatin, Tenn. to fish the 22,500-acre lake on the Cumberland River, the Old Hickory, Tenn., angler caught five bass weighing 14.74 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 4.57-pound kicker. For the Boater Division victory, Clawson took home a check for $2,890.

“I caught all my fish by deep cranking,” Clawson revealed. “I was fishing in about 10 to 20 feet of water.”

In second for the boaters, Bryan N. Montgomery of Lebanon, Tenn., landed a five-bass tournament limit going 13.59 pounds. He collected $1,445 for the effort.

“I caught all my fish around rocks,” Montgomery explained. “I caught fish on a little bit of everything. I used crankbaits, jigs and Carolina rigs.”

Josh B. Tramel of Smithville, Tenn., finished third among the boaters with five bass and 13.47 pounds. He collected $963.

“I caught all my fish on ledges,” Tramel said. “I caught fish on plum worms, a green pumpkin jig and one on a Carolina rig.”

In fourth place, Daniel D. Johnson of Lebanon, Tenn., caught five keepers at 12.34 pounds. Drew Boggs of Lebanon, Tenn., rounded out the top five boaters with a five-bass limit going 12.26 pounds. Matt Underhill of Murfreesboro, Tenn., set the Boater Division big bass standard with a 4.68-pounder.

Matt EllisMatt Ellis

In the Co-Angler Division, Matt G. Ellis of Nashville, Tenn., won with three bass going 11.92 pounds for a 3.97-pound average. He upped his average and sealed his victory with a 4.10-pound kicker to pocket a check for $1,445.

“I caught every fish except one on a Strike King 1.5 crankbait,” Ellis said.

Taking second for the co-anglers, Jason McCanless of Lebanon, Tenn., brought in a three-bass division limit for 11 pounds including a 4.40-pound kicker. He collected $723 for the effort.

“I was Carolina rigging and cranking,” McCanless recalled. “I used an off color, almost banana color, for my Carolina rig.”

Charles Drennon of Lebanon, Tenn., finished third for the co-anglers with three bass and 9.94 pounds. He capped his catch with a 4.04-pound bucketmouth to take home a check for $482.

“I caught my fish cranking in deep water,” Drennon said.

William McKnightWilliam McKnight

Taking fourth for the co-anglers, William F. McKnight of Murfreesboro, Tenn., brought in three keepers for 9.19 pounds. He caught a 4.70-pounder on a deep diving crankbait to take the tournament lunker title. Dylan Anderson of Mount Juliet, Tenn., finished fifth among the co-anglers with three bass going 9.17 pounds including a 3.46-pound kicker.

Slated for July 27, 2013, the next divisional tournament will also be held on Old Hickory Lake out of Flipper’s Bull Creek Landing in Gallatin, Tenn. At the end of the season, one BWS angler will win the opportunity to compete in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic.

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