Silverstrim wins $1800 at Old Hickory
ATHENS, Ala. – Eric Silverstrim, of Indian Mound, TN, won the Bass Pro Shops Open Series Central Tennessee tournament, held on May the 11th on Old Hickory. Running out of Sander’s Ferry Silverstrim squeaked out a win with just a 0.15-pound lead. Silverstrim caught five bass weighing 12.89-pounds. For the Boater Division victory, Silverstrim took home a check for $1800.
“I caught the first 5 on a swimbait and a chatterbait then I went to a swim jig and was able to get a couple of key bass with the jig. I went from catching 25 or more fish on Monday and Tuesday to 10 to 12 keepers today. I ran it all today and some of it twice to get the fish I had. My first five came in three to seven foot of water and then the next few went from six to ten feet of water.” Silverstrim said.
In second for the boaters, James “Brandon” Maynard of Cookeville, TN, landed a 5 bass limit weighing in at 12.74-pounds.
“I caught all my fish flipping a jig up river. I was in about 8 foot of water around bulls creek.” Maynard said.
Josh Womack of Gallatin, TN, took third for the boaters with his five bass limit weighing 12.64-pounds.
“I caught my limit early on a swim jig in grass, went around flipping a brush hog and caught a couple on that. I was fishing anywhere from 1 to 6 foot. We were midlake for the day.” Womack said
Finishing fourth, Jeremy Nash of Cookeville, TN, landed his five bass limit, coming in with 12.28-pounds. William “Curt” Allen of Greenbrier, TN, rounded out the top five boaters another five bass limit for a total of 11.82-pounds.
Adam Vance caught the biggest the bass, on the boater side, at 3.98-pounds. Vance walked away with a check for $300 for his big bass.
“I caught my fish flipping wood with a small jig. I fished in about 3 feet of water. I fished upriver.” said Vance.
In the Co-Angler Division, Jerry Wittmer of Shepherdsville, KY, won with a three bass limit weighing 8.22-pounds. Hill earned $700 for his win. Wittmer also caught the biggest bass of the day weighing in at 4.62-pounds and collecting an additional $105.
“I caught all my fish on shakeyheads. I caught them somewhere on the river, I am not really sure. I was fishing in 3 to 8 feet of water.” Wittmer said.
Taking second for the co-anglers, Jake Short of Cookeville, TN, brought in a three bass tournament limit weighing 7.17-pounds.
“I caught my fish dragging soft plastics in anywhere between two to eight feet. We stayed around the area today. I wanted to say that I appreciate all the boaters and my boater today.” Short said.
Bradley Gay of Hendersonville, TN, placed third among the co-anglers with three bass weighing 6.80-pounds.
“I caught all my fish on shakeyheads today in about 6 foot of water. We stayed over in drake today.” Gay stated.
Slated for June 15th, the next tournament will be held on Old Hickory out of Flippers Bait and Tackle, located at 200 Odoms Bend Rd, Gallatin, TN 37066. At the end of the season, the best anglers from across the nation advance the 2020 Ray Scott Championship to be held at Lake Hartwell in April 2020.
For more information on this tournament, call Shelby McElyea, tournament manager, at 256-230-5633 or ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com
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