Rogersville’s Bobby Drinnon wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League event on Cherokee Lake | Rogersville

JEFFERSON CITY — Rogersville boater Bobby Drinnon caught five bass Sunday weighing 17 pounds, 15 ounces, to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by TH Marine on Cherokee Lake presented by Lithium Pros.

The postponed tournament, hosted by the Economic Development Alliance Jefferson County, was the fourth of the season for the Bass Fishing League’s volunteer division. Drinnon earned $4,806 for her victory.

“I had a late draw, so I started pretty close to takeoff because I didn’t really have a specific place to go,” Drinnon said. “I just had a simple shad spawn pattern that I was running. I just ran as much of that water as fast as I could and had my full weight by 8 o’clock.

Drinnon said the early catch didn’t bring him much comfort, as he hadn’t shot any fish after 8 a.m. back regularly. Drinnon said he caught 15 to 20 bass during the day, including one he lost. All the basses in the tournament were keepers except one.

“Overall it was a great day and I’m really lucky,” said Drinnon, who had three BFL victories in co-angler competition before switching to the yachtsman side. “I knew how good the bite was, and there were a few others who understood the bite as well, because the weights were really tight.

“I was really nervous about it, to be honest,” Drinnon added. “I felt like I really needed the one I lost. I thought it was going to cost me a lot, but it worked out in the end.

Top 10 boaters

1st: Bobby Drinnon, Rogersville, TN, five bass, 17-15, $4,806

2nd: Dale Pelfrey, Rockwood, Tennessee, five bass, 17-7, $3,403 (includes $500 bonus for Phoenix MLF contingencies)

3rd: Brian Vicchio, Gray, Tenn., five bass, 16-7, $2,330

4th: Brant Grimm, Church Hill, Tenn., five bass, 16-4, $1,121

5th: Jeff Knight, Cleveland, TN, five bass, 15-1, $961

6th: Timothy Wacker, Clinton, Tennessee, five bass, 15-0, $1,281

7th: Joshua Short, Bean Station, Tennessee, five bass, 14-11, $801

8th: Bill Humbard, New Market, Tennessee, five bass, 14-3, $721

9th: Matthew Rock, Bristol, Va., five bass, 14-0, $641

10th: Kevin Powers, Unicoi, Tennessee, five bass, 13-15, $561

Vicchio had a big mouth that weighed in at 5 pounds, 14 ounces, which was the heaviest of the event in the Boater division and won the Berkley Big Bass Boater of the Day award of $725.

Stephen Vick of Dandridge, Tennessee won the Strike King Co-angler Division and $2,343 on Sunday after catching five bass weighing 13 pounds, 6 ounces.

Top 10 Strike King Co-Anglers

1st: Stephen Vick, Dandridge, Tennessee, five bass, 13-6, $2,343

2nd: Jason Vaught, Powell, Tennessee, five bass, 11-1, $1,172

3rd: Chris Hamby, Harriman, Tennessee, five bass, 10-13, $781

4th: Matt Hall, Woodlawn, Va., four bass, 10-3, $547

5th: Brandon Hartgrove, Hilton, Va., three bass, 9-15, $469

6th: James Roten, West Jefferson, NC, five bass, 9-8, $430

7th: Steven Byrd, Maryville, TN, five bass, 9-7, $391

8th: Michale Conn, Ermine, Ky., four bass, 9-2, $351

9th: Henry Bryan, Sevierville, TN, five bass, 8-15, $312

10th: Tanner Shannon, three basses, 8-9, $273

Kingsport’s Denvelle Ketron caught the biggest bass in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 4 pounds and 15 ounces. The catch earned him the Berkley Big Bass Co-angler award of $345.

After four events, Jacob Woods of Loudon, Tennessee, leads the Bass Fishing League Volunteer Division’s Boater Angler of the Year (AOY) race with 911 points, while Brad Barton of Middlesboro, Kentucky, leads the Strike King Co-Angler race. AOY Division with 953 points.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will be entered into the Bass Fishing League Regional Championships Oct. 20-22 on Smith Lake in Cullman, in Alabama.

Boaters will compete for a prize of $60,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200 horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while fellow anglers will fish for a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a Mercury outboard of 200 horsepower.

Robert A. Glidden