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    Walmart Bass Fishing League - Volunteer

    South Holston Reservoir (May 1, 2010)


    Leonard best BFL boater on South Holston Reservoir

    Boater Joe Leonard of Bristol, Va., won the May 1 BFL Volunteer Division tournament on South Holston Reservoir to earn $3,641.
    Ratliff winning co-angler

    Boater Joe Leonard of Bristol, Va., caught a five-bass limit weighing 22 pounds Saturday to win $3,641 in the FLW BFL Volunteer Division tournament on South Holston Reservoir. He was using swimbaits on a Carolina rig around rocky points under bright and sunny skies to bag his limit.

    Rounding out the top 10 boaters:

    2nd: Rex Pendergrass, Bristol, Tenn., five bass, 17-7, $1,820

    3rd: Doug Austin, Bristol, Va., five bass, 16-4, $1,214

    4th: Randy Brown, Mosheim, Tenn., five bass, 16-3, $850

    5th: Brad Burkhart, Speedwell, Tenn., five bass, 15-15, $728

    6th: Larry Neal, Piney Flats, Tenn., five bass, 15-12, $668

    7th: Rod Grayson, Bristol, Va., five bass, 15-8, $576

    7th: Kent Lodari, Seymour, Tenn., five bass, 15-8, $576

    9th: Bryant Ailor, Knoxville, Tenn., five bass, 14-14, $485

    10th: Craig Powers, Rockwood, Tenn., five bass, 14-8, $425

    Ratliff winning co-angler

    Dennis Ratliff of Jonesville, Va., won the Co-angler Division of the May 1 BFL Volunteer Division tournament to earn $1,820.Dennis Ratliff of Jonesville, Va., caught a five-bass limit weighing 16 pounds, 11 ounces to win $1,820 in the Co-angler Division on South Holston Reservoir. Ratliff was using a worm to catch the bedding fish.

    Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers:

    2nd: Bryan Morton, Knoxville, Tenn., five bass, 15-13, $910

    3rd: Todd Pippin, Bristol, Tenn., four bass, 12-15, $607

    4th: Justin McGaha, Knoxville, Tenn., four bass, 12-7, $425

    5th: Joshua Norris, Powell, Tenn., five bass, 11-10, $364

    6th: Bart Harris, Greeneville, Tenn., five bass, 11-6, $334

    7th: Jim Neece, Bristol, Va., four bass, 11-3, $303

    8th: Robert Chambers, Elizabethton, Tenn., three bass, 10-14, $273

    9th: Josh Goan, Bulls Gap, Tenn., five bass, 10-6, $243

    10th: Garry Collins, Russell Springs, Ky., four bass, 10, $212

    Coming up

    The next BFL Volunteer Division tournament is scheduled for June 5 at Lake Chickamauga in Dayton, Tenn. After the fifth Volunteer Division tournament is complete, the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 14-16 Regional Championship at Lake Guntersville in Scottsboro, Ala., where boaters will compete for a top prize of a Ranger 198VX with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Yamaha outboard and a Chevy pick-up, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger 198VX.

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