Pelfrey runs away with victory in Tennessee
ATHENS, Ala. – Dale Pelfrey ran for the win during the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Tennessee East Division 4 tournament, held June 9, 2012, on Lakes Loudon and Tellico.
Running out of Tellico Recreational Ramp near Lenoir City, the Rockwood, Tenn. angler caught five bass weighing 16.14 pounds with a 4.70-pound kicker.
“I started deep, but didn’t do what I thought I could,” Pelfrey said. “I ran way up the river and started flipping. I lost some good fish. At about 1 p.m., I started back down and stopped at a deep hole. I culled three times and caught a 5-pounder 30 minutes before we had to come in.”
In second for the boaters, Chris Whitson of Louisville, Tenn., brought in a five-bass tournament limit for 14.89 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 5.16-pounder that earned the tournament big bass title.
“I caught all my fish on a 10-inch Ol’ Monster worm and a 3/4-ounce jig in 12 to 14 feet of water,” Whitson said. “I caught a 15-pound catfish that would have helped a lot if it was a bass.”
Anthony Revis of Dayton, Tenn., placed third with four bass and 13.16 pounds. He capped his catch with a 4.23-pound kicker.
“I fished the upper part of the lake,” Revis said. “I caught some on a chatterbait and some on a lipless crankbait. We stayed shallow and fished around brush.”
In fourth place, Edward “Drew” A. Newell of Knoxville, Tenn., caught five keepers for 12.01 pounds with a 3.13-pound kicker. Casey Whitehead of Robbinsville, N.C., brought in a five-bass limit at 11.06 pounds for fifth place.
In the Co-Angler Division, James Burchard of Spring City, Tenn., beat the pack from the back with three bass going 9 pounds. His biggest bass weighed 3.20 pounds.
“We were fishing Carolina rigs with an 8-inch worm,” Burchard said. “We concentrated on the rocks in about 20 feet of water.”
Jody S. Moore of Dalton, Ga., brought in a three-bass division limit for 6.12 pounds and second place.
“We fished the lower end of the lake,” Moore said. “I caught my fish on a big shaky head in about 20 feet of water. We focused on deep banks.”
In third for the co-anglers, Mike Bowers of Harriman, Tenn., landed three keepers weighing 5.82 pounds.
“I was throwing a jig in the mid-lake area,” Bowers said. “I was fishing in about two feet of water.”
Dennis K. Akers of South Portsmouth, Ky., landed two bass for 5.75 pounds with a 4.30-pound kicker.
Don W. Bible II of Knoxville, Tenn., placed fifth among the co-anglers with three bass and 5.71 pounds. Greg M. Humbarger of Knoxville, Tenn., only found one keeper, but his 4.65-pounder won the big bass.
“I caught the big one on a watermelon jig about 30 minutes before we had to come in,” Humbarger explained. “It was in about 20 feet of water.”
For more information on this tournament, call Billy Benedetti at (256) 230-5632 or call ABA at (888) 203-6222. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.