Knight crowned king on Douglas Lake
FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE (FLW)
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:
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 Evinrude Bonus
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
Complete results can be found here.
Neece nets co-angler title
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:
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
Complete co-angler results can be found here.
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.