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Hendersonville’s Hopkins Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Music City Division Event on Percy Priest Lake

Brinson Grabs Co-angler Title

by: Brian Johnson, FLW

John Hopkins of Hendersonville, TN, caught a 5bass limit weighing 15 lbs, 2 oz, to win the (BFL) Music City Division event on Percy Priest Lake.
Photo by courtesy FLW Outdoors
(Apr 16, 2018 - Smyrna, TN)

 Boater John Hopkins of Hendersonville, Tennessee, caught a five-bass limit weighing 15 pounds, 2 ounces, Saturday to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Music City Division event on Percy Priest Lake presented by Navionics. For his efforts, Hopkins took home $4,177.

According to post-tournament reports, Hopkins caught his fish in the mid-lake area, fishing in 6 to 10 feet of water throwing a jig.

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
               1st:          John Hopkins, Hendersonville, Tenn., five bass, 15-2, $4,177
               2nd:         Dwight Fox, Gainesboro, Tenn., five bass, 14-13, $1,589
               3rd:          Cornell Creciun III, Nolensville, Tenn., five bass, 14-12, $992
               4th:          Hunter Carmichael, Nolensville, Tenn., five bass, 13-13, $695
               5th:          Ronald Perry, Gallatin, Tenn., five bass, 13-12, $595
               6th:          John Wilkerson, Nashville, Tenn., five bass, 13-4, $546
               7th:          Adam Wagner, Cookeville, Tenn., five bass, 13-3, $496
               8th:          Matt Farrar, Lebanon, Tenn., five bass, 12-14, $447
               9th:          John Graves, Mount Juliet, Tenn., five bass, 12-13, $397
               10th:        Tony Eckler, Lebanon, Tenn., five bass, 12-8, $347

David Milan of Memphis, Tennessee, brought a 5-pound, 15-ounce bass to the scale – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $340.

Bryan Brinson of Hendersonville, Tennessee, won the Co-angler Division and $1,489 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 13 pounds, 4 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers were:
               1st:          Bryan Brinson, Hendersonville, Tenn., five bass 13-4, $1,489
               2nd:         Howard Dowdy, Livingston, Tenn., four bass, 13-3, $844
               3rd:          Michael Dority, Winchester, Tenn., five bass, 12-6, $497
               4th:          Eric Eden, Hartsville, Tenn., five bass, 12-1, $347
               5th:          Michael Penix, Chapel Hill, Tenn., five bass, 11-15, $298
               6th:          Brandon Eden, Hartsville, Tenn., five bass, 11-10, $260
               6th:          Darren Kelly, Wartburg, Tenn., five bass, 11-10, $310
               8th:          Jonathan Wiley, Smyrna, Tenn., four bass, 10-15, $223
               9th:          Jacob Jewell, Chapel Hill, Tenn., five bass, 10-8, $198
               10th:        Brandon Davis, Canton, Ga., five bass, 10-5, $174

Derrick Harris of Mount Juliet, Tennessee, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division weighing in at 5 pounds, 13 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $170.

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. 18-20 BFL Regional Championship on Lake Norman in Huntersville, North Carolina. 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 2018 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. The 2018 BFL All-American will be held May 31-June 2 at Cross Lake in Shreveport, Louisiana, and is hosted by the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission. Top performers in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the FLW Tour.

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