KINGSPORT, Tenn. - On November 3-4, the Tug Valley Bass Anglers held its ninth tournament of the 2012 season on Boone Lake in Eastern Tennessee. Twenty-one qualified anglers competed in the event. This was the Club Classic, the final tournament of the year. In the end, longtime angler Kevin Runyon won the tournament.
Weather for the tournament was good. Practice day on Friday was decent with partly cloudy skies but the wind blew 20 to 25 miles per hour nearly all day with an air temperature around 48 degrees, which made it trying and uncomfortable at times. Both days of the tournament were nearly identical with partly cloudy skies, light winds and temperatures in the mid 50s.
Boone Lake was in the process of being drawn down for winter and was about 10 feet below summer pool. The water on the lake is very clear from one end to the other.
This was only the club’s second time holding a tournament on this lake.
The fishing was good all weekend. With the water being as clear as it was the fish would bite good early in the morning. Once it got bright out, however, fish would head to deep water and suspend. Needless to say the fishing was very tough for the majority of each day.
The fish were caught on the main lake as well as in the creeks and were from 2 to 10 feet deep.
There wasn’t one main pattern for this tournament, fish were caught all over the lake and on various kinds of baits. The only common factor seemed to be that most fish were on steeper banks.
The top finishers were as follows: 1. Kevin Runyon, five fish, 16.69 lbs., Big Fish – 4.63 lbs.; 2. Brandon Staten, five fish, 11.01 lbs.; 3. Brian Fields, four fish, 8.99 lbs.; 4. MO, four fish, 8.51 lbs.; 5. Trent Ramey, two fish, 3.99 lbs.; 6. Gary Varney, two fish, 3.93 lbs.; 7. Lynn Fields, two fish, 3.87 lbs.; 8. Michael Salyer, two fish, 3.73 lbs.; 9. Keith Pacific, two fish, 3.17 lbs.; 10. Lacy Edmiston, one fish, 2.54 lbs.
Sports for the Tug Valley Bass Anglers fishing club are Elliott Supply & Glass, Borders Sporting Goods, TMK Security and Personnel, Young Brother’s Electric, Perry Distributors, Fat Boy’s ATV Lodging, Muncie’s Auto Recycling, Robinson Repairs, City Insurance, Nanack Mini Warehouse & Storage, Omega Insurance Agency, Little B’s Reel Service and Custom Painting, Atlas Copco, Smith Adjusting, Don’s Street Machine, Extreme Sounds, Stanley Lures, Thoroughbred Steakhouse, AGC Flat Glass, Trey K Electric, Wallen Puckett & Anderson, SKS Security Solutions, Blizzard Industrial Supply Company, Geoscan, BASCO Enterprises Inc. and Great Outdoors Marine.