GALLATIN, Tenn. – Josh Tramel of Smithville, Tenn., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 16 pounds, 7 ounces Saturday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Music City Division event on Old Hickory Lake. For his victory, Tramel earned $3,021.
“I fished real slow,” said Tramel. “The area I was fishing had a lot of pressure on it, and I think my slow presentation really helped.
“I was fishing deep structure on the main river channel with jigs and worms,” Tramel continued. “Old Hickory is usually pretty tough fishing in the summer, but I think the slow presentation made the difference for me on Saturday.”
Rounding out the top 10 boaters:
2nd: Ryan Haykal, Hendersonville, Tenn., five bass, 14-8, $1,511
3rd: Tim Messer, Hendersonville, Tenn., five bass, 13-14, $1,007
4th: Jayson Johnson, Smithville, Tenn., five bass, 13-0, $705
5th: Brandon Edel, Hendersonville, Tenn., five bass, 12-7, $604
6th: Tim Cranford, Hendersonville, Tenn., five bass, 12-6, $554
7th: Jeff Lokken, Lebanon, Tenn., five bass, 12-2, $504
8th: Jake Myers, Gallatin, Tenn., five bass, 11-10, $453
9th: Scott Brummett, Brentwood, Tenn., five bass, 11-1, $403
10th: Matt Stanley, Alexandria, Tenn., five bass, 10-14, $352
Complete results can be found here.
Wilkerson grabs co-angler title
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers:
2nd: Tony Eckler, Lebanon, Tenn., five bass, 13-8, $755
3rd: Gary Gray, Nashville, Tenn., four bass, 12-7, $504
4th: Ken Best, Murfreesboro, Tenn., five bass, 12-6, $352
5th: Denny Strunk, Tullahoma, Tenn., five bass, 10-5, $302
6th: Derek Stone, Walling, Tenn., four bass, 9-11, $277
7th: Greg Barnes, Rock Island, Tenn., three bass, 8-13, $252
8th: Craig Allen, Lebanon, Tenn., three bass, 8-9, $227
9th: Billy Watson, Readyville, Tenn., five bass, 7-13, $201
10th: Rod Huff, Monterey, Tenn., five bass, 7-11, $176
Complete co-angler results can be found here.
The next BFL Music City Division tournament is scheduled for Sept. 22-23 on Old Hickory Lake in Gallatin, Tenn. After the fifth Music City Division tournament is complete, the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 4-6 Regional Championship on Cherokee Lake in Morristown, Tenn. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy Silverado, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.
The BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 120 tournaments throughout the season, five in each division. The top 40 boaters and co-anglers from each division qualify for a regional tournament and compete to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the EverStart Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.
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