Collins Outruns The Field on Norris
November 14, 2020- Andersonville, TN: A late fall chill and some patchy fog met 175 boats on Norris Lake Saturday for the regular season finale of the 2020 Morristown Marine Team Trail. The weather was great, but the fishing was far from it. The higher water levels and warm temperatures have kept the fish from feeding up in their normal patterns and, as a result, only 21 teams weighed a full 5 fish limit. Our big weight dreams were dashed as 229 fish hit the scales for a total weight of 443.80 lbs. The total payout was $40,300.00 across 29 places.
Chris Collins of Tazewell, TN, won the day with a tremendous bag of smallmouth weighing 18.56 lbs anchored by a giant smallmouth weighing 4.48 lbs. Chris said he found a pattern up in the Clinch River earlier this week and the pattern held out through the tournament. Chris said he caught most of them up shallow and that the morning bite was better. Chris collected checks for 1st place ($10,000), Citizens Bank Big Smallmouth ($855) and Highest Finishing Humminbird/MinnKota ($250) for a total of $11,105.00!! Congratulations Chris!
Coming in 2nd place was Sam Smith (Girdler, KY) and Josh Keaton(Tazewelll, TN) with a weight of 13.00 lbs. Sam and Josh will receive $3,000.00 for 2nd place. Congrats, guys!
3rd place went to Jeremy Gordon of Rutledge, TN and Phillip Gordon of Middlesboro, KY with 12.85 lbs. The Gordon’s won 3rd place overall and Highest Finishing Skeeter. They will receive $5,000.00 for their efforts on Saturday. Good job, guys!
4th place belonged to Mike Milton and Paul Sharp, both of LaFollette, TN with a total weight of 11.81 lbs. Mike and Paul won 4th overall and 2nd Highest Finishing Skeeter. They will get a check for will get $2.750.00 for their day of fishing. Nice work, guys!
Rounding out the top 5 was Jimmy Crum of Afton, TN and his alternate partner, Thomas Adkins weighing in a bag totaling 11.52 lbs. Jimmy and Thomas won 5th overall and 3rd Highest Finishing Skeeter for a total of $2,000.00 for their time on the water Saturday. Congratulations, Jimmy and Thomas!
See the full list of results here
The Citizens Bank Big Largemouth went to Scott and David Heptinstall of Knoxville, TN with a toad largemouth weighing 5.11 lbs. Scott and David will receive a check for $855.00 for their big largemouth. Nice catch!
The Citizens Bank Big Smallmouth belongs to the overall winner,Chris Collins of Tazewell, TN, with a huge 4.48 lb brownie. Chris will get $820.00 added to his winnings for his big smallmouth. Congrats, Chris!
Highest Finishing Humminbird/MinnKota payout went to:
1) Chris Collins: 18.56 lbs $250.00
2) Sam Smith: 13.00 lbs $150.00
A great example of how it pays to run The One Boat Network! Humminbird: Simply. Clearly. Better.
Highest Finishing Gray Fox Insurance payout looked like this:
1) : Nik Leever: 14.42 lbs $250.00
2) Chase Henley 8.83 lbs $250.00
See Randy Heatherly and the gang at Gray Fox Insurance in LaFollette, TN and get in on the payback! Congrats, guys, and thank you for choosing Gray Fox for your insurance needs!
The Morristown Marine New Boat Bucks went to:
1) Jeremy Gordon: 12.85 lbs $1,000.00
2) John Carroll: 8.56lbs $750.00
We appreciate you guys choosing Morristown Marine for your new boat purchase and this payout is how we show our appreciation. Thank you and Congratulations!
The Morristown Marine Pre-owned Boat Bucks went to:
1) Brandon Hartgrove/Steve Robinson: 3.45 lbs $250.00
We love our pre-owned customers, too. We want everyone to find a new-to-you boat at Morristown Marine and we appreciate you guys choosing us! Thank you and congratulations!
Highest Finishing Skeeter Payout:
1) Jeremy Gordon/Phillip Gordon: 12.85 lbs $3,000.00
2) Mike Milton/Paul Sharp: 11.81 lbs $1,500.00
3) Jimmy Crum/Thomas Adkins: 11.52 lbs $1,000.00
4) Richard Moore/Andy Smith: 10.94 lbs $800.00
5) Brad Barton/Jason Carey: 10.87 lbs $700.00
6) Nik Leever/Colby Partin: 9.25 lbs $500.00
7) Ron Hyatt/Dustin Hyatt: 8.60 lbs $250.00
8) John Carroll/Randy Heatherly: 8.56 lbs $200.00
9) Bobby Chambers/Tim Smiley: 7.61 lbs $150.00
10) Jackie Nicely/Earl Kitts: 6.98 lbs $100.00
It pays you back to fish out of a Skeeter. Skeeter Boats: Eat.Sleep.Fish.
Morristown Marine would like to give a special thanks to Rick Meredith at Anderson County for working with us to make this tournament a reality. We would also like to thank the staff at Anderson County Park for preparing the park and assisting with parking, as well as the Anderson County Sherriff’s Office for the added patrols and traffic control. Not only are you guys everyday heroes, but you took time out of your busy schedule to help keep our angler’s vehicles and trailers safe. We truly appreciate what all you guys do!
We would also like to thank Skeeter, Yamaha, Humminbird, MinnKota, Power Pole, Anderson County Tourism, Gray Fox Insurance, Old Stage Printing, Shotcrete, Volunteer Trenching, Jimmy Taylor Plumbing, B&H Sales, Citizens Bank, Lake View Dock, Cumberland Gap Spring Water, L&M Sales & Service, ValueRX Parmacy and Hammrtech for sponsoring the 2020 Morristown Marine Team Trail!
As our regular season finishes out, we want to thank everyone who has fished with us this year. We went some new places and tried some new things and each year we learn more about what works and what we need to work on. In talking with Jefferson County, The Field of Dreams Event Center, our Sponsorship team and local health department officials, we have madde the decision to cancel our Classic Dinner Banquet scheduled for December 3rd due to outbreaks of the COVID-19 pandemic. As you know, we typically give away door prizes and cash drawings at the Banquet, so we tallied up the amount and we will be adding that money to the Classic payout. Our 1st through 3rd place teams will also receive their points standings bonuses and trophies after Classic Day 1 weigh-in. Early counts have 131 boats qualified for the Classic. That list is published at the bottom of this page. In the meantime, stay safe, practice social distancing, and get out there on the water!
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