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3.27.2021-Norris Lake

Stacy & Duty Overcome Storms for the Win

March 27, 2021- LaFollette, TN: The second stop of the 2021 Morristown Marine Team Trail blasted off in Campbell County, TN at Norris Lake in LaFollette with a great field of 225 boats.  Anglers were greeted with a cloudy, 45 degree blast off. The fishing was tough for the most part, with heavy rains and muddy waters.  In all, 547 bass hit the scales for a total weight of 1,248.73 lbs. Of the 225-boat field, 131 weighed at least one fish. 81 teams weighed a 5 fish limit. Total payout for the Norris tournament was $47,015.00 across 38 places and all contingency money. 

Brian Stacy of Pulaski, VA and Stanley Duty of Prestonburg, KY took home 1st Place with a 17.46 lb bag of mixed smallmouth and largemouthThey told me they caught most of their keeper fish around the Loyston area with a blade bait and culled all day. Brian and Stanley collected a $10,000.00 check for 1st placeCongrats on a great bag during a tough day, guys! 

Following up in a close 2nd place was Brad Warfield and Tristan Warfield, both of Bean Station, TN with 17.37 lbs. Brad and Tristan’s bag was anchored by a toad 5.25 lb green fish. They will cash a check for $3,500.00. Way to go, Brad and Tristan! 

3rd place went to Trent Adkins of East Bernstadt, KY and Ronnie Blaylock  of London, KY with a 5 fish total of 17.23 lbs. Trent & Ronnie’s bag won them a check for $2,500.00. 

4th place belonged to Tony Claborn of Jacksboro, TN and Blake McCullah of Jacksboro, TN with a total weight of 16.08 lbs on a 5 fish limit. Good job, guys! Tony and Blake cashed a check for $2,000.00 for their day of fishing. 

Rounding out the top 5 was the team of Rex Huff of Bean Station, TN and Mike Boggs of Lily, KY with a 5 fish weight of 15.80 lbs. Rex and Mike also collected a check for the Highest Finishing Humminbird/Minnkota Payout for a total payday of $1,500.00. Congrats, Rex and Mike! 

The Citizens Bank Big Largemouth went to Brett Rodefer and Robert Powell with a 6.26 lb Norris Lake GIANT! Nice fish, guys! 

The Citizens Bank Big Smallmouth went to Derrick Lay and Bill Dunn with a  3.75 lb smallmouth. Congrats! 

The two teams winning the Gray Insurance Group Bonus were Keith McDeerman/Von Dillbeck (13.15 lbs) and John Carroll/Randy Heatherly (12.82 lbs). These teams received an extra $250 each, just for choosing Gray Insurance Agency out of LaFollette, TN. Give Gray Insurance a call and get in on the payout! 

Morristown Marine Bucks paid out to Jeremy Gordon/Phillip Gordon (14.79 lbsfor Highest Finishing New Boat from Morristown Marine to the tune of $1,000.00 and to Cody Seeber/Jeff Moore (13.16 lbs) for $750.00 on 2nd Highest Finishing New Boat from Morristown Marine. Highest finishing Preowned Boat from Morristown Marine went to Cody Powell/Jim Powell(6.62 lbsfor $500 and to Brandon Hartgrove/Steve Robinson(5.61 lbs) for $250We appreciate each of you choosing to purchase your boat at Morristown Marine. Thank You!! 

Morristown Marine would also like to thank Skeeter and Yamaha as well as Humminbird and MinnKota for their support and partnershipThe Campbell County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, The Campbell County EMS and Lonas Young Park staff for helping with parking, The Campbell County Sherriff’s Office and SRO Department for traffic controlGray Fox Insurance Agency, Citizen’s Bank, Cumberland Gap Spring Water, Old Stage Printing, Volunteer Trenching, Power Pole, Lakeview Dock, Taylor Plumbing, Smokey Mountain Fiberglass, Shotcrete, Ridge Realty, B&H Sales, Valu RX Drugs, Rainey Battery, L&M Sales. Without our sponsors, our tournaments would not be what they are today. Please show your appreciation by choosing to do business with our sponsors. 

As I mentioned during blast off, we are working with two organizations that are located in Campbell County which were two organizations very special to Cindi Rogers. The Community Heath center of East Tennessee (CHET) and the Campbell County Children’s Center. Representatives from each organization, along with Cindi’s mother and daughters came to the tournmanet yesterday. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate for them to be have time to share their thanks with our anglers. If every angler clicked on the links above and donated $5…that amount of money would be able to support so many efforts for these organizations. CHET and the Children’s center are both 501c3 oganizations and your donations are tax deductible.

Amanda and I want to send a special thanks to the team of folks that make these tournaments possible. Mitch Martino, Shannon Glass, Bradley & Samantha Walker, Cody and Kacie Shipley, Shawna Slagle, and Kevin Connor. Thank you, to each one of you, for countless hours of work and devotion to make this thing go! 

What a great start to the 2021 season! We appreciate every one of you for coming out to fish with us. We’ll be ready to do it all over again in two weeks on April 10 at Cherokee Lake. Should be some really good fishing there. See you all then! 

** All checks will be available for pick-up at the store on Monday and Tuesday. Remaining checks will be mailed Wednesday to the address we have on file for you. We are beginning to utilize email for logistics information and economic impact reports. Please check your email and look for emails from Morristown Marine Team Trail.