~~Preacher Ronny Jones and Bailey Fain win the Ameriprise $2000
The second East Tennessee Fishers of Men was held on Cherokee Lake. With $2000 guarantee first place, there were new teams showing up to take their shot at the grand prize.
First Baptist Dandridge Church was the host church again this year. The men of the church love to fire up the big grill and cook burgers and hot dogs, and the women of the church make all kinds of great desserts to be eaten. The church Associate Pastor Cory Hammett did a great job of bringing the word to all the fishermen.
Saturday morning came with a 45 degrees air temperature and storms that gave way to overcast skies, sleet, and falling temperatures by the end of the day.
The Ameriprise First place went to the team of Ronny Jones and Bailey Fain, giving them over $2200 in winnings. This team came to the scales with a 5-fish limit weighing in at 17.99 pounds. They reported staying on the lower end of the lake to catch their fish on crankbaits from main lake points. Interesting note, Bailey started fishing the Legacy tournaments when he was a kid and sometimes fills in for his dad Randy who has been Ronny’s partner for years.
Second place went to the team Kenny Sexton and his son-in-law Bill Humbard who brought 17.31 pounds to the scales. Kenny was supposed to fish with his dad, Ray, but with the cold weather and chance of snow, Ray decided he had better stay around shop to keep the fire going and the customers happy. Kenny and Ray are the owners of White Pine Marine, your East Tennessee BassCat and Mercury Dealer. With that said, Kenny teamed up with Bill Hubbard and ran their Mercury around on the lower end of Cherokee lake to come back with an impressive 5 fish limit to secure their second-place finish.
Third place went to Paul Rogers and Rod Garrett who came to the scales with a nice bag of fish weighing in at 17.21 pounds. They also had the lunker of the tournament, an awesome 5.03 largemouth. They team stated that they stayed on the lower end to catch their fish from main lake points.
Fourth place went to went to Brian Jordan and Michael Smith. This talented team came to the stage with a mixed bag of fish weighing in at 16.90 pounds. Brian reported running his Mercury powered Nitro around the lower end of the lake to locate fish with his Lowrance depth finders and then used a spinnerbait to entice the fish to bite. White Pine Marine, Mercury, Nitro Boats, Lowrance, and Dixie Custom Rods and Baits sponsor this team.
Fifth place went to the team of Eugene Randolph and George Galyon who ran down the lake to haul back a five-fish limit weighing in at 16.5 pounds. This talented team reported using a jerk-bait to catch their fish off of rocky banks on the lower end of the lake.
East Tennessee Fishers of Men would like to thank it local sponsors that make everything possible this year Bill Freeman and Randy White with Ameriprise Financial, White Pine Marine, Dixie Custom Tackle, Mack’s Auto Glass, Tennessee Overhead Door and B&M Tires.
Fishers of Men would like to thank all of our fine sponsors; BassCat Boats, Mercury, Berkley, Abu Garcia, Spiderwire, Shakespeare, Strike King Lure Company, Kings Home, Power-Pole, Raymarine, Duckett Fishing, BassBoat Technologies, ORCA Coolers, Buckeye Lures, T&H Maine, Gator Guards, Kistler Rods, HydroWave, Costa, Jacobs Glass, Rayjus Sportswear.
Cherokee - 04/07/18
|Place||Team||Members||# Fish||Big Fish||Gross||Penalty||Net Wt||Points|
George Galyon Jr.
J C Loveday|
Randall White II
John Underwood |
The Whites with some nice fish
Brodie Brown with some nice fish
2nd place Sexton and Humbard
1st Place Jones and Fain
Big Jim with a nice Smallmouth!!