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Knight Wins Walmart Bass Fishing League Volunteer Division Event On Douglas Lake

Neece wins co-angler title

by: Jody White, Communications Specialist, FLW Outdoors

Jeff Knight of Cleveland, Tenn., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 16 pounds, 14 ounces Saturday to win the second Walmart Bass Fishing League Volunteer Division tournament of 2014 on Douglas Lake. For his victory, Knight earned $3,592.
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(Apr. 15, 2014 - KODAK, TN)

Knight's win was his first BFL victory since 2005, and it came on a lake that he hadn't fished in over 20 years.

I practiced on Friday and just dropped the trolling motor down and caught about 20 pounds on a jig," said Knight. "I went right back there on Saturday and they were still there.

"I was just hopping a jig down rock ledges. I was casting into about 2-feet and letting it fall down the ledges. When they'd hit you would definitely know it."

Knight said he was throwing a kudzu-colored Choo Choo Custom Lures jig.

Rounding out the top 10 pros were:

2nd: Burton Bryan Sevierville, Tenn. five bass 15-11 $1,796
3rd: Travis Lilly Bluff City, Tenn. five bass 14-10 $1,201
4th: George Carroll Clinton, Tenn. five bass 14-7 $838
5th: Charles Ellis Knoxville, Tenn. five bass 14-5 $718
6th: Larry Neal Piney Flats, Tenn. five bass 14-0 $659 + $300
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7th: Brian Hazel Clinton, Tenn. five bass 13-13 $599
8th: Garry Minnick Blountville, Tenn. five bass 13-6 $539
9th: Joe Leonard Bristol, Tenn. five bass 13-4 $479
10th: Lee Varner Andersonville, Tenn. five bass 12-15 $419

Jim Neece of Bristol, Va., weighed in three bass totaling 12 pounds, 2 ounces Saturday to win $1,796 in the co-angler division.

Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:

2nd: Tyler Duckworth Gray, Tenn. five bass 11-11 $898
3rd: Shawn Bishop Johnson City, Tenn. five bass 10-15 $598
4th: John Swallows Charleston, Tenn. five bass 10-12 $419
5th: Jesse Burnett Norris, Tenn. four bass 10-11 $329
5th: Justin McGaha Knoxville, Tenn. five bass 10-11 $329
5th: Jonathan Wood Canton, N.C. five bass 10-11 $329
8th: Kevin Hughes Bristol, Va. five bass 9-1 $269
9th: Gary Carroll Jonesville, Va. five bass 9-0 $239
10th: Jason Webb Rockwood, Tenn. two bass 8-11 $210

The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 9-11 Regional Championship on Pickwick Lake in Florence, Ala. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy Silverado, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C 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 Rayovac FLW Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.

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