Tennessee's Deakins extends lead on Day Two of T-H Marine BFL All-American tournament on Pickwick Lake
Published By OutdoorsFIRST Media Published June 3, 2017
Boater Marshall Deakins of Dunlap, Tennessee, extended his lead at the 34th annual T-H Marine Bass Fishing League (BFL) All-American on Pickwick Lake Friday with five bass weighing 20 pounds, 11 ounces, bringing his two-day cumulative total to 10 bass weighing 45 pounds, 1 ounce. Deakins will begin the final day of competition with a commanding 10-pound, 10-ounce advantage over second-place angler Brent Anderson of Kingston Springs, Tennessee, who has a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 34 pounds, 7 ounces.
The BFL All-American features 98 of the best boaters and co-anglers from across the 24-division T-H Marine BFL circuit casting for cash prizes of up to $120,000 in the Boater Division and $60,000 in the Co-angler Division. In addition to the six-figure payout, the top boater will receive an invitation to compete for bass fishing's most coveted prize - the Forrest Wood Cup - held Aug. 11-13 on Lake Murray in Columbia, South Carolina.
"I caught a lot of small ones today and had 15 pounds in the boat for a long time," said Deakins, who is competing in his first career All-American. "I was throwing the same Profound Lures football-head jig that I did yesterday, and hit seven or eight areas. I caught fish at each of them, but most were 2- to 2½-pounders."
Deakins said the areas that he targeted were between Waterloo and the end of Seven Mile Island. He said most of his fish today were relating to shell beds and rocks.
"I'm working the jig slow and letting the current do the fishing," said Deakins. "I'm throwing up the ledges and along them. There was one area - a 50-yard stretch - that had a pile of rocks sticking out from the ledge, and that's where they were positioned."
Deakins said he capped of his limit at 2 p.m. with his two biggest fish of the day. He said he plans to return to his same areas from Days One and Two to finish out the event.
"They are the only areas I've got, and I've caught big ones from them this week," said Deakins.
The top 10 boaters advancing to the final day of competition on Pickwick Lake are: