Father-Son Duo Find “Golden Easter Egg” for Douglas Payday
April 8, 2023-Dandridge, TN: The Morristown Marine Team Trail made stop #3 of the 2023 Season in Dandridge, TN on beautiful Douglas Lake Saturday morning. 245 teams registered for the tournament, and all but a handful of those teams braved the wind and rain to compete for their share of the $49,115.00 payout across 41 places. The late week cold snap hurt the bite and changed the fishing drastically from midweek, with wind and cold rain moving in on Thursday night and while the day was a steady dose of rain, the 10-15 mph wind kept the temperature feeling chilly. Despite the weather, there were still a lot of fish caught and weighed with 177 of those teams weighing at least one fish for a grand total of 1,963.16 lbs of Douglas Lake bass weighed. 170 teams had a five fish limit with a total of 877 fish weighed and 877 fish released alive to be caught again another day. Blast off took roughly an hour, averaging 3.7 boats per minute……Let me just say thank you to everyone for being patient and understanding during blast off. The wind made it hard for everyone, blast off boat included……. and weigh-in took 2 hour and 20 minutes, averaging 1.26 bags per minute. We certainly appreciate everyone fishing with us and helping us to create such a great trail!
The father-son duo of Brian Harvey and Bryson Harvey took home the win with a whopping bag of 20.43 lbs. Bryson was an alternate with his Dad because Brian’s normal partner was fishing a high school event with his daughter today. In case you were wondering, they got 6th place overall in the high school tournament, so it was a great day all around for these guys. For their efforts, Brain and Bryson took home a check for $10,000.00. Congrats, guys!!
Coming in 2nd place was the team of Bryant Ailor and Mark Ailor. Mark and Bryant had a nice mixed bag of fish that tipped the scales at 16.52 lbs. They will get a check for 2nd place overall as well as Highest Finishing Humminbird/Minnkota for a total payday of $3,750.00
A very, very close 3rd place belongs to Joey Solomon and Daniel Taylor. Joey and Daniel carried the lead for most of the tournament with a 16.48 lb bag. They will split a check for $3,000.00. Great work, men!
4th place went to Gary Heath and James Davis with a 16.30 lb bag. Gary and James will snag a check for $2,000.00 for braving the wind and rain!
Rounding out the top 5 was the team of Blake Brashers and Dylan Caudill with a 16.28 lb bag. Blake and Dylan also had the Citizens Bank Largemouth award with a 5.24 lb greenie. Blake and Dylan will cash checks for $2,725.00. Way to go guys!
Check out the full results here: Douglas Results
The Citizens Bank Big Largemouth went to the team of Brashears/Caudill with an absolute giant green fish tipping the scales at 5.24 lbs. They will receive a check for $1,255.00 for catching this toad! Congrats!
The Citizens Bank Big Smallmouth payout went to the team of Majni/Brooks with a monster 4.74 lb brownie. These guys will get a check for $1,255.00 for their big fish. Way to go, guys!
Highest Finishing Minn Kota and Humminbird Bonus paid out this weekend as follows:
1st: Ailor/Ailor, 16.52 lbs. $250 Humminbird/MinnKota Bonus
2nd: Nash/Nash, 15.44 lbs. $150 Humminbird/MinnKota Bonus
Humminbird: Simply. Clearly. Better. Check out how to get in on the One Boat Network at https://www.minnkotamotors.com/ and get paid for running the best equipment on the water.
Highest Finishing Gray Fox Insurance payout went to Keith McDeerman/Von Dilbeck with 13.18 lbs for $250.00 2nd Highest Finishing Gray Fox Insurance payout went to Jamie Ward/Steven Petz with 10.83 lbs. Their choice to insure with Gray Fox Insurance paid them back $250.00 Saturday. Get in touch with Randy Heatherly and the gang at Gray Fox Insurance in LaFollette, TN and get in on the payback!
The Morristown Marine Bucks program paid out as follows:
Morristown Marine New Bucks:
1st: Hembree/Prater, 14.85 lbs. $1,000.00 Bonus.
2nd: Majni/Brooks, 14.81 lbs. $750 Bonus.
The Morristown Marine New Bucks pays back those who purchased a brand-new boat from us in 2020, 2021 or 2022. This is just our way of saying “Thank You” for choosing your new boat from us.
Morristown Marine Pre-Owned Bucks:
1st: Epperson/Williamson, 10.35 lbs. $500 Bonus.
2nd: Goins/Hartgrove, 9.98 lbs. $250 Bonus
Thank you both for choosing to spend your hard-earned dollars at Morristown Marine. All you have to do is purchase a certified pre-owned boat from Morristown Marine to qualify for this payout.
Highest Finishing Skeeter Bonus:
- Bryan/Bryan: 15.30 lbs, $3,000.00
- Hembree/Prater 14.85 lbs, $1,500.00
- Majni/Brooks: 14.84 lbs, $1,000.00
- Robinson/Kennedy: 14.64 lbs, $800.00
- Carey/Goodin: 14.49 lbs, $700.00
- Seeber/Moore: 14..40 lbs, $500.00
- Crowe/Surgenor: 14.16 lbs, $250.00
- Chambers/Hill: 14.10 lbs, $200.00
- Teaney/Alexander: 13.52 lbs, $150.00
- Dunn/Brown: 13.52 lbs, $100.00
The Tom’s Sporting Goods/Goble Heating & Cooling Gift Certificates for the 11th Highest Finishing Skeeter boat team went to John Smith & Damon Lewis for the Douglas Tournament. Congrats to John and Damon and a BIG Thank You to both Tom’s Sporting Goods and Goble Heating & Cooling for the gift certificates for Tom’s Sporting Goods! Please take a moment to thank these great sponsors and patronize their businesses.
Abu Garcia and Tim Hoskins have been kind enough to donate some Abu Revo reels to be given away to the first finishing team out of the payout. For Douglas, that would be 42nd place which belongs to the team of Brance Gibson and Bradley Harveston. Brance and Bradley will each receive a NEW Abu Garcia Revo SX or STX courtesy of the fine folks at Abu Garcia and the local representative, Mr. Tim Hoskins. Congratulations Brance and Bradley!
Morristown Marine would like to give a special thanks to Skeeter Boats, Yamaha, Humminbird, MinnKota, Gray Fox Insurance, Jefferson County, Lakeside of The Smokies, Lauren Hurdle and the team at the City of Dandridge, Carson-Newman Fishing Team for help with parking, Old Stage Printing, Volunteer Trenching, Jimmy Taylor Plumbing, Lake View Dock, Citizens Bank, Cumberland Gap Spring Water, Jerry’s Bait Shop, Value RX Pharmacy, Campbell County, The Roane Alliance/City of Rockwood, GH&C, Toms Sporting Goods, AZ Rags, Abu Garcia and Smoky Mountain Fiberglass for sponsoring the 2023 Morristown Marine Team Trail. If not for the help of these sponsors, this tournament trail could not exist. Thank you all so much for your support of our anglers.
We want to thank our staff and crew for another great event. We also want to thank you, the anglers, for coming out in record numbers, again, to fish with us. There are a number of tournament trails these days and we sincerely appreciate you choosing to fish with us. Next stop: Norris Lake, Lonas Young Park in Campbell County, TN on April 22! See you then!
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