Dillon Falardeau Wins East Tennesse Opener
ATHENS, Ala. – Dillon Falardeau of Hixson, Tennessee, won the Bass Pro Shops Open Series East Tennessee event held on Lake Chickamauga on 2/16/19. Running out of the Dayton Boat Dock access area in Dayton, TN, Falardeau weighed in a five bass limit totaling 23.83-pounds. His limit was anchored by a bass weighing 7.11-pounds which was the biggest bass weighed in by a boater. For the win and big bass Falardeau took home $2100.00.
“The lake was very pressured. I picked up a spinning outfit rigged with light line and a very small swimbait and never put it down,” said Falardeau.
In second for the boaters, Brian Wilson of Calhoun, Georgia, weighed in a five bass limit weighing 20.65-pounds. His limit was anchored by a bass weighing 5.13-pounds.
“I was fishing shallow today. My fish was caught on a Chatterbait, a rattletrap, and a jerkbait,” said Wilson.
Taking third for the boaters, Joseph Tallent of Knoxville, Tennessee, weighed in a five bass limit weighing 18.91-pounds.
“I caught all of my keepers today on a rattletrap fishing shallow,” said Tallent.
In fourth place for the boaters, Nathan Hill of Rockwood, Tennessee, weighed in five bass for 13.96-pounds. Rounding out the top 5 Anthony Rodefe of Knoxville, Tennessee, weighed in five bass for 13.40-pounds.
In the Co-angler Division Chris Seese of Ten Mile, Tennessee weighed in three bass weighing 11.56 pounds. He took home $950.00 for the win.
“I caught my fish using a spinning outfit, 8lb line and a very small swimbait,” said Seese.
Taking second for the co-anglers, John Wilkerson of Nashville, Tennessee, weighed in three bass weighing 10.78 pounds.
“I caught around seven bass today. All of my fish were caught using a shad colored rattletrap and a red squarebill crankbait,” said Wilkerson.
Taking third for the co-anglers, Eric Morehead of Chatsworth, Georgia, weighed in two bass weighing 10.55-pounds. Morehead also collected big bass honors for weighing in the biggest bass caught by a co-angler. His bass weighed in at 7.52-pounds.
“I caught the big bass on a Berkley War Pig and my other bass came on a squarebill crankbait,” said Morehead.
In fourth for the co-anglers David Perron of Dayton, Tennessee, weighed in three bass weighing 10.19-pounds. Rounding out the top five, Roy Yother of Red Bank, Tennessee weighed in two bass weighing 7.88-pounds.
Slated for May 11th the next event for the East Tennessee Division will be held on Lake Cherokee launching from the Hamblen County Dock.
For more information on this event contact local director Rodney Michael at 256-497-0967
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