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Cookeville’s Wagner Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Music City Division Tournament on Percy Priest Lake

Alabama’s Davenport Grabs Co-angler Title

by: Brian Johnson, FLW

Adam Wagner of Cookeville, TN, won the FLW Bass Fishing League Music City Division tournament on Percy Priest Lake with 5 bass weighing 20 lbunds, 3 oz.
Photo by courtesy FLW Outdoors
(May 16, 2017 - SMYRNA, TN.) Adam Wagner of Cookeville, Tennessee, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Music City Division tournament on Percy Priest Lake Saturday with five bass weighing 20 pounds, 3 ounces. For his winning limit, Wagner collected $3,901.

“I caught everything I weighed in on a green-pumpkin (Zoom) Brush Hog on a Carolina rig,” said Wagner, the 2009 BFL All-American champion who earned his tenth career-victory in FLW competition. “At my first area I caught the biggest fish of the event. It was a point, but more of a gap between an island and the shoreline.”

Around 9 a.m., Wagner made his way to a main-lake point where he targeted bass congregating along an intersection of pea gravel and chunk rock.

“I caught one on just about every cast,” said Wagner. “They were piling on top of each other – it was crazy. I tried to swap baits but the only thing they would bite was the Brush Hog.”

Wagner said the majority of his fish came from 6 to 10 feet of water.

“I ran up the Stones River with 20 minutes left to fish and caught a 4½-pounder which eventually got me the win,” said Wagner. “It was from an island with some shallow rocks. I wouldn’t have won without that fish – it was incredible.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Adam Wagner, Cookeville, Tenn., five bass, 20-3, $3,901

               2nd:         John Hopkins, Hendersonville, Tenn., five bass, 19-6, $1,748

               3rd:          Brandon Eddings, Nashville, Tenn., five bass, 16-6, $1,099

               4th:          Brittain Joyce, Murfreesboro, Tenn., five bass, 15-5, $769

               5th:          Terry Steele, Sparta, Tenn., five bass, 14-1, $659

               6th:          William Merrick, Mount Juliet, Tenn., five bass, 13-15, $604

               7th:          Brandon Edel, Hendersonville, Tenn., five bass, 13-8, $549

               8th:          Matt Stanley, Alexandria, Tenn., four bass, 13-4, $494

               9th:          John Graves, Mount Juliet, Tenn., five bass, 13-3, $439

               10th:        Larry Holland Jr., Murfreesboro, Tenn., five bass, 12-15, $385

Wagner’s largest bass – a 6-pound, 2-ouncer – was the largest of the event and earned him the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $405.

John Davenport of Huntsville, Alabama, won the Co-angler Division and $1,644 Saturday after weighing a five-bass limit totaling 15 pounds, 5 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          John Davenport, Huntsville, Ala., five bass, 15-5, $1,644

               2nd:         Sam Loveless, Somerset, Ky., five bass, 13-6, $822

               3rd:          Jacob Frawley, Nolensville, Tenn., five bass, 11-0, $749

               4th:          Larry Goss, Hartsville, Tenn., three bass, 10-1, $356

               4th:          Mark Sneed, Nashville, Tenn., five bass, 10-1, $356

               6th:          Jonathan Wylie, Smyrna, Tenn., three bass, 9-12, $301

               7th:          George Welch, Hernando, Miss., four bass, 9-3, $274

               8th:          Robert Bobbitt, Mountt Juliet, Tenn., three bass, 8-14, $247

               9th:          Darryl Humphrey, Murfreesboro, Tenn., two bass, 7-12, $219

               10th:        Howard Dowdy, Livingston, Tenn., three bass, 7-11, $192

Mike Todd of Thompson’s Station, Tennessee, caught the biggest bass among Co-angler Division anglers, a fish weighing 5 pounds, 13 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $98.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 12-14 BFL Regional Championship on Wheeler Lake in Decatur, Alabama. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard.

The 2017 BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the BFL All-American. Top performers in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the FLW Tour.

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