The Morristown Marine Team Trail Invitational kicked off the 1st tournament of the 2014 season on Cherokee Lake on Saturday March 1. With a cool, crisp morning mixed with a little rain and snow flurries, 189 teams were competing for the $10,000 1st place money. The tournament had a total payout of $37,420.00. Of the 189 teams, 116 teams are in competition for a berth in the Bassmaster Team Championship. Derrick Blake from Rockwood, Tennessee and Clint Harrison from Georgetown, Tennessee took home 1st place with a weight 18.26 lbs for a $10,000.00 check. 2nd Place was a tie, the teams of Ken Vicchio/Greg McDavid and Bill Humbard/Dennis Holder with a weight 16.56 lbs. Both teams received a check for $2600.00 each. Fourth place was Wayne Happney and Danny Whaley with a weight of 16.35 lbs and a check $1050.00. Completing the top 5 was Jason Bridwell and Brian Guy with a weight of 15.55 lbs and a check for $950.00.
Gary Pilkenton and Tim Smiley took home the Berkley Big Bass Largemouth Award with a Largemouth weighing 5.11 lbs and a check for $930.00 plus (2) Berkley rods. The Berkley Big Bass Smallmouth Award went to Randy Brown and Greg Burrell with a Smallmouth weighing 3.77 lbs good for a check for $930.00 and (2) Berkley rods.
A total of 50 Skeeter boats were in contention for the Morristown Marine/Skeeter/Highest Finishing Skeeter Bonus Program. Brian Dortch (Skeeter owner) and Brad Warfield claimed the highest finishing Skeeter for a $3000.00 check. 2nd highest finishing Skeeter was Ricky Shepherd (owner) and Darby Dye. They received a check for $2000.00. 3rd highest finishing Skeeter was Randy Rigg (owner) and Rod Colyer . They received a check for $1000.00 (See www.morristownmarine.com for complete results).
The next tournament will be on Norris Lake on March 29, 2014. The Blast-off will take place at Brogans Ramp at safe light. You may come by the dealership or call in to sign up. Entries will be taken at Rigsby's Bait and Tackle in Tazewell, TN on Friday from 12 Noon - 6PM prior to the tournament. The entire staff of Morristown Marine Team Trail Invitational would like to THANK the anglers and sponsors for their continued support. We look forward to a great 2014 Season.