“I swung for the fences,” said Davis, who earned his first win on the FLW Tour. “It’s great that I finally won one of these. I have come close many times, and it’s sweet to be here on top. This place is a great fishery, but I had to go to great lengths to figure these fish out. I think the wind kind of hurt me today. I needed slick, calm conditions for my wakebait pattern, so I had to make some adjustments. I tend to fish by the seat of my pants, but I couldn’t do that here. I had to slow down and concentrate on one area and stick to my guns. I thought I was around enough fish to win no matter what the conditions were. I was extremely lucky to win this.”
Davis opened the tournament Thursday in ninth place with five bass weighing 16-5. He then jumped into third place Friday with a five-bass catch weighing 13 pounds, 15 ounces and advanced to the final round of 10 pros with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 30-4. On Saturday weights were cleared and Davis caught five bass weighing 19-13 to advance to the final day of competition in first place. Davis added another three bass weighing 7-14 to his final-round total Sunday.
Davis was throwing a combination of swimbaits and wakebaits around points, humps and other submerged structure in 4 to 10 feet of water near spawning areas.
Lefebre caught a final-round total of 10 bass weighing 25-11 to claim second place and $50,000.
“I lost a key fish today that might have hurt me,” said Lefebre, who was the 2006 FLW Series Angler of the Year.
“The fish have been really spooky and tough to sight-fish. Being from up north, I have lots of practice sight-fishing in rough weather so the conditions suited me fine. This area is great. I love the Tennessee River chain. It has a lot of current and good numbers of fish. Overall, I think it was a great event.”
Rounding out the top 10 pros are Land O’Lakes pro Keith Williams of Conway, Ark. (10 bass, 24-12, $40,000); National Guard pro Derek Jones of Chicago, Ill. (six bass, 22-6, $30,000); BP pro Shinichi Fukae of Mineola, Texas (10 bass, 22-3, $20,000); Yamaha pro Jay Yelas of Tyler, Texas (nine bass, 22-3, $19,000); Harmon Davis of Marlow, Okla. (10 bass, 21-12, $18,000); M&M’s pro John Sappington of Willard, Mo. (10 bass, 21-6, $17,000); Castrol pro Darrel Robertson of Jay, Okla. (nine bass, 20-5, $16,000) and Thanh Le of Las Vegas (eight bass, 12-1, $15,000).
Overall there were 44 bass weighing 113 pounds, 4 ounce caught in the Pro Division Sunday. The catch included six five-bass limits.
On Saturday, Terry Chapman of Stanley, N.C., won the Co-angler Division and $20,000 with a five bass limit weighing 9 pounds, 6 ounces followed by Land O’Lakes co-angler Aaron McManaway of Altamont, Ill., in second place with four bass weighing 7-1 worth $10,000.
Chapman opened the tournament in 39th place Thursday with two bass weighing 4-3 while fishing with pro Scott Dobson of Clarkston, Mich. On Friday he jumped to ninth place on the strength of a three-bass catch weighing 7-10 while fishing with pro Katsutoshi Furuswa of Tokyo. He wrapped up his win while fishing with Williams.
“This is great,” said Chapman, who now has two FLW Tour victories as a co-angler. “It has been a while since I have made a top-10. We fished some points really close to the dam because Keith thought he had exhausted his area. This new pattern was a co-anglers dream. There was a lot of open-water and easy fishing. I only had five fish, and luckily they were the right ones. I’m going to go home and put this money in the bank and keep fishing.”
Chapman was throwing a combination of a ChatterBait, spinnerbait and wake baits to catch his fish all week.
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were David Hudson of Jasper, Ala. (three bass, 5-5, $9,000); Ryan Valentine of Jonesboro, Ga. (one bass, 4-3, $8,000); J.B. Young of Deer Park, Texas (one bass, 4-2, $7,000); Kenta Kimura of Livingston, Texas (two bass, 3-15, $6,000); Eddie Griggs of Richmond, Va. (one bass, 1-11, $5,000); Thomas Helton of Charleston, Tenn. (one bass, 13 ounces, $4,000); John Barrett of Fayetteville, N.C. (zero bass, $3,000) and Kevin Olivet of Greenback, Tenn. (zero bass, $2,000).
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