CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - The team of Chuck James and Brad James posted a two day total catch of 10 bass weighing 41.75 pounds to take the win in the 2013 Tow Boat U.S. Chattanooga Bass Association Classic Championship on Lake Chickamauga.
"We fished frogs in the grass both days of the tournament and everything we weighed in seemed to bite in the middle of the day" said Chuck.
Day One Big Fish Winners:
Tom Brindle and Brian Wilson with a 5.87 lb. largemouth
Billy Campbell with a .87 lb. spotted bass
Baron Adams and Brian Pierce with a 2.87 lb. smallmouth
Day Two Big Fish Winners:
Rogie Brown and Michael Neal with a 6.40 lb. largemouth
Stan Dickert and Gene Cote with a 3.51 lb. spotted bass
There was no smallmouth caught.
This event was held at Chester Frost Park where 61 teams battled for the prestigious honor of CBA Classic Champions and $10,000.00 first place money. The total payout of this year's two-day event totaled $53,000.00.
The fishermen faced a cold front with blue bird skies which made fishing very difficult for many teams in this 36th year old event.
Towboat U.S. owners, Shane and Stacy O'Neal, sponsored this year's event.
Shane says "For over 46 years, BoatUS has been delivering time, money and life saving services to recreational boaters from coast to coast. We fight for your rights on Capitol Hill, we have the finest low cost boat insurance, the largest fleet of tow boats ready to assist you 24/7 when the unexpected happens on the water, and an award-winning magazine that reports information you won't find in other boating publications. We love helping you save money – through equipment discounts at West Marine and on fuel, transient slips and repairs at over 900 marinas around the country. We also provide boaters with an accredited online safety course and are committed to making our waterways clean for all".
The top 10 are as follows:
1st - Chuck and Brad James with 41.75 lbs., $10,000
2nd - Rogie Brown and Michael Neal with 34.94 lbs., $5,000
3rd - Tony Townsend and Galen James with 34.73 lbs., $3,500
4th - Buddy Gross and James Milling with 33.82 lbs., $3,000
5th - Eddie Wilson and Don Lamb with 33.64 lbs., $2,500
6th - Steve Kite and Daniel Lewis with 32.35 lbs., $2,000
7th - Barry Wingo and Jeff Hineman with 31.83 lbs., $1,400
8th - Steve Barnes and Spencer Smith with 31.21 lbs., $1,100
9th - Baron Adams and Brian Pierce with 30.26 lbs., $1,000
10th - Ben Hayes and Brent Hayes with 29.49 lbs., $950