Watts Bar Results: Jun 23, 2012
Wyatt win Watts Bar
Written by Steve Jennings
Photos by Chris Boruff
East Tennessee Fishers of Men held it fifth and final event of the season on Watts Bar Lake and, once again, Whites Creek Baptist Church did a great job of providing the food and fellowship. This year pastor Roger Britton was out of town so Chris Boruff stepped up and provided the message and a great message it was with one person getting saved and one rededication! Special thanks to Pastor Ronny Jones for always stepping up to the plate and helping out.
Saturday morning came with highs in the 90s and bright sunshine and no wind. With clear water and water temperatures in the high 80s everyone knew that Watts Bar was going to fish big and it certainly did with several nice bags of fish brought to the scales.
First place went to the team of Tim and Delmar Wyatt with 18.24 pounds of fish they also had the second biggest fish of the tournament a 4.85 largemouth bass. Tim reported catching fish on a worm focusing on main lake points on the lower end of the lake. For their effort they won over $1200.
Second place went to the father and son team of Keith and Kyler Hagler. The Haglers came to the scales with a nice bag of bass that hit the scales at 15.15 pounds. This team ran to the lower-section of the lake to catch their fish flipping early and then moving out off the bank to fish deeper as the day went on.
Third place went to the talented team of James Tipton and Michael McGee. This team came to the scales with 14.51 pounds of bass. Michael and James stated they ran to the river to catch their fish on big worm fishing about 10 feet deep. James said they caught over 20 keepers during the day.
4th place went to the skillful team of Frank Cooper and Edwin Barnwell. Frank reported running his Yamaha powered Skeeter down the lake fishing over 20 spots during the tournament to bring 5 fish to the scales that weighed 14.33 pounds. This nice bag of fish included the big fish of the tournament which was a beautiful 4.96 largemouth bass. This team is sponsored by Madisonville Marine.
With one of the tightest angler of the year races in years, it came down to the last event with 3 teams less than 10 points out of the lead. The team of Todd Nidiffer and Benny Roberts, who started the day two points behind the Heidels, came to the scales with 5 fish weighing 11 pounds even, finished 5th, and came away with the 2012 Anglers of the Year award which included $580 cash and 2 custom built rods from Dixie Custom Rods. Congratulations guys!
I want to personally thank everyone for fishing the trail this year. This has been a great year with many lives changed for the glory of Godís Kingdom and that is what it is all about. I also wanted to remind everyone that if you are going to the regional to have your entry to me no later than September 1, 2012. God bless and look forward to seeing everyone at the first event of 2013.
Special thanks go out to Bill Freeman, Randy White and Ameriprize for their sponsorship again this year. See these two men for all your financial needs. Also thanks to Kenny Sexton and the great staff at White Pine Marine for all their help. If you need a boat or a Mercury outboard give them a call at 865-674-2834. Thanks to Big Jim Walker for all the help. If you need a garage door give Jim a call at 865-805-8238. Also remember Dixie Custom Rods, if you need a new fishing rod or reel because he makes some of the finest rods that you will ever put in your hands. Check out his web-site www.dixiecustomrods.com.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the fine companies that make Fishers of Men possible; Skeeter Boats, Yamaha Outboards, Stren, Pflueger, Markel Marine Insurance, Nester Hosiery, Strike King Lure Company, Power-Pole, Marshallís Marine, Helly Hansen, Keelshield, Spot Remover, Jacobs Glass, Solar Bat, Duckett Fishing, Berkley, and Rejuvenade.