This past weekend several TNCBA anglers visited South Holston Lake as they participated in the third tournament of the Volunteer Division, BFL season. The day began in the 60s with thunderstorms looming to the west. Anglers were in a hurry to get to their primary spots as the middle and lower end of the lake were very crowded. Lots of anglers had tried to find a reaction bite throughout the week, but the worm bite was dominant and almost every angler could be seen throwing a texas rigged or shaky head worm. Several rain showers and storms rolled through the area and seemed to put a damper on the bite.
The TNCBA was represented extremely well with 3 anglers finishing in the top 25 on the co-angler side. Kelsey Harvey led the way in representing the TNCBA as he accumulated five fish for 12 lbs. 13 oz., and 5th place overall. This top 5 was huge for Kelsey as it bumped him up into 38th place in the season standings and puts him in position to make the BFL Regional on Pickwick. Ryan Pope also put together a solid bag, but coming up two short of a limit proved costly for Pope as he weighed in a little over 8 lbs. and finished in 18th place overall. Pope said that he had a giant on a jerkbait in the closing hours, but he was unable to put her in the boat. The third TNCBA angler on the co-anlger side was Keith Dison. Keith was fishing his first BFL. Keith seemed to find the same struggles that Ryan encountered as he was only able to bring three fish to the scales. His fish weighed in at 7 lbs. 13 oz. and was good enough to put him in 23rd place overall.
On the boater side, Cody Dison, was never able to put together a solid pattern. His practice throughout the week had been extremely slow and he was forced to ditch the reaction bite and settle for finesse. Cody threw a tube all day long and grinded his way to three fish for 5 lbs. 14 oz.. Unfortunately most anglers were able to bring five fish to the scales and Cody could only manage a 73rd place finish. Cody currently sits 59th in the season standings, 80 pts. out of 40th place. The TNCBA anglers will follow the BFL into the heat of June when they visit Cherokee Lake on June 14th for the fourth stop of the Volunteer Division season.