Staten Wins Walmart Bass Fishing League Choo Choo Division On Lake Guntersville

Monday, September 30, 2013

Willie Staten of Albertville, Ala., weighed in a two-day total of nine bass totaling 35 pounds even on Sunday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Choo Choo Division Super Tournament on Lake Guntersville. For his victory, Mr. Staten earned $5,632.

Mr. Staten rode a massive 25-pound bag on the first day to narrowly claim his first BFL win.

“I found the fish the weekend before during practice,” said Mr. Staten. “I ran down the river and fished my way back up. I was catching fish on a topwater frog in grass five feet deep and flipping a jig in deep hydrilla in eight to 13 feet of water. It went so well on the first day I backed off them by 11, and just hoped they would bite on the second day.

"The second day I struggled,” said Mr. Staten. I think I only got seven bites all day and only four keepers. When I got back I thought I may have had a shot to win it, but I didn’t know until the end. I’ve been wanting to win for a while, and it’s great to finally seal the deal.”

Mr. Staten said he caught his fish on a black and yellow-colored Snag Proof frog and by flipping a Mean Mouth jig.

Rounding out the top 10 pros were:
            2nd:   Bryan Gregory, Fort Payne, Al., 10 bass, 34-12, $2,816
            3rd:   Jason Tucker, Dutton, Al., 10 bass, 32-5, $1,877
            4th:    Marshall Deakins, Dunlap, Tn., 10 bass, 31-13, $1,314
            5th:    Paul Wilcoxson, Russellville, Al., 10 bass, 31-13, $1,126
            6th:    Blake Hall, Hartselle, Al., eight bass, 30-7, $1,033
            7th:    Brandon Lester, Fayetteville, Tn., 10 bass, 30-0, $939
            8th:    Johnny Patterson, Grant, Al., 10 bass, 28-13, $845
            9th:    John Talton, Georgetown, Tn., 10 bass, 28-6, $751
            10th: Billy Brindle, Calhoun, Ga., 10 bass, 28-4, $657
Complete results can be found at
Cody Frazier of Soddy Daisy, Tenn., weighed in a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 28 pounds, 5 ounces Sunday to win $2,816 in the co-angler division.
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:
            2nd:   Justin Sward, Birmingham, Al., six bass, 20-13, $1,408
            3rd:   Rodney Treadaway, Decatur, Al., seven bass, 18-12, $941
            4th:    Jeffery Hill, Huntsville, Al., five bass, 16-11, $657
            5th:    Jaret Henry, Kingsport, Tn., five bass, 16-4, $563
            6th:    Waylon Hancock, Cartersville, Ga., five bass, 16-2, $516
            7th:    Dean McDonald, Greer, S.C., six bass, 15-6, $469
            8th:    Jason Mullinax, White, Ga., six bass, 13-12, $422
            9th:    Mickey Locke, Albertville, Al., four bass, 13-1, $375
            10th: Tim Gledhill, Fort Payne, Al., four bass, 11-9, $329
The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 10-12 Regional Championship on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Ga. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy Silverado, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.
The BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 120 tournaments throughout the season, five in each division. The top 40 boaters and co-anglers from each division qualify for a regional tournament and compete to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the EverStart Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour. 

Tellico Hatchery Announces Winter Hours

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency announced winter hours for the Tellico Hatchery in Tellico Plains. Holidays along with hours of daylight and alterations in operations are the primary reasons for changes. Fish eat less during colder months. This reason, along with a reduction of seasonal responsibilities such as mowing grass and hatchery upkeep, means fewer people on staff. ... (click for more)

Wildlife Officer Pete Geesling Honored In Veterans Day Observance Ceremony

Brandon “Pete” Geesling, a wildlife officer for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency in Warren County, was one of five veteran state employees recognized during a Veterans Day observance event held at the Tennessee Tower Plaza.     Previously, Mr. Geesling served as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a combat engineer which included a deployment ... (click for more)

Larry Schumacher Named Chief Executive Officer Of CHI Memorial

The board of directors of CHI Memorial and Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) have chosen Larry Schumacher as the chief executive officer (CEO) of CHI Memorial effective Jan. 4, 2016 . Mr. Schumacher comes to CHI Memorial from Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) based in Springfield, Illinois where he served as system chief operating officer for the past eight years.  ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Under Flood Watch Through Wednesday

With a steady rain set to continue through Wednesday, Chattanooga is under a flood watch. Over four inches of rain are expected in some areas. Here is the advisory from the National Weather Service: ...LOCALIZED FLOODING POSSIBLE ACROSS EAST TENNESSEE AND SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING... .THE COMBINATION OF DEEP SUBTROPICAL MOISTURE AND A SLOW MOVING FRONTAL ... (click for more)

City Council, Please Reconsider On The 7-Story Apartment Variance

I would like to thank the Regional Planning Commission and the Regional Planning Agency   for denying the recent application for a variance from the current zoning requirements in place for the 1200 block of Cowart Street. The developers want to build a 7-story parking deck with 141 efficiency and one-bedroom apartments wrapped around three sides in an area with a 48' height ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Garden In December

As the fallen leaves confirm today is the first of December, my monthly walk in life’s garden is more foggy than fun. In much-older times, good children would get a piece of candy on Christmas Day while bad ones would receive a lump of coal. So here are some things that deserve a helping of both: A PIECE OF CANDY to the amazingly few who can spy a nest of mistletoe high in area ... (click for more)