SMYRNA, Tenn. – Boater Brian Carper of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, caught five bass Saturday weighing 17 pounds, 12 ounces, to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine on Percy Priest Lake. The tournament was the second event for the Bass Fishing League Music City Division. Carper earned $4,541 for his victory.
Carper said he relocated after catching a limit, but returned to that area and caught two on the other side of that island. Carper, who guides on Percy Priest, said he threw an Alabama rig with four 4-inch swimbaits and a 5-inch swimbait in the middle all day and targeted “typical smallmouth territory this time of year” – mid-lake gravel banks with boulders in 8 to 12 feet of water. Carper said he caught one keeper and two short largemouth as well during the day.
“This win is awesome,” Carper said. “I’ve been fishing tournaments for a long time, and I’m coming off of another tournament win, so I’m going to take it easy for a while and just enjoy being on Cloud Nine.”
The Top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
1st: Brian Carper, Murfreesboro, Tenn., five bass, 17-12, $4,541
2nd: Joel Trevino, Mt. Juliet, Tenn., five bass, 16-9, $2,470
3rd: Joshua Newsome, Rock Bridge, Tenn., five bass, 13-5, $1,514
4th: John Smith, Christiana, Tenn., four bass, 13-4, $1,060
5th: Joey Mallicoat, Lebanon, Tenn., five bass, 13-0, $1,408 (includes $500 Phoenix MLF Contingency Bonus)
6th: Jay Melton, Murfreesboro, Tenn., five bass, 12-13, $833
7th: Matt Underhill, Lascassas, Tenn., five bass, 11-13, $719
7th: James Ball, Elmwood, Tenn., five bass, 11-13, $719
9th: Scott Brummett, Brentwood, Tenn., five bass, 11-9, $605
10th: Eric Blankendaal, Murfreesboro, Tenn., five bass, 11-7, $530