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3.5.2022-Cherokee Lake

Cherokee Lake- Morristown, TN Photo Credit: Chris Watson Photography
Cherokee Lake- Morristown, TN Photo Credit: Chris Watson Photography

Majni’s Move Has Big Payoff! 

March 5, 2022- Morristown, TN–The 2022 Morristown Marine Team Trail got off to a great start Saturday with 242 boats on Cherokee Lake. The weather could not have been any nicer with rare 70+ degrees, occasional cloud cover and a little bit of wind. Coming off a heavy rain system, the dirty water warmed quickly this week and got the fish eating. 105 teams weighed a 5-fish limit and 171 teams weighed at least one fish. A grand total of 1,771.60 lbs of fish hit our scales yesterday! 719 total fish weighed in with all 719 being alive and released back into the lake.

The team of Casey Majni and Corey Brooks finished on top with 19.46 lbs anchored by a Cherokee Giant Largemouth that weighed 7.48 lbs. Corey had to work, so Casey fished by himself. He told me he started down the lake and by mid-morning, he had nothing and made a run into the river. He said he stopped on a spot he hadn’t practiced and found a school of the right fish that wanted to eat an Alabama rig and swimbait. Casey’s big bag won him a grand total of $20,445.00 for his day of fishing. This included 1st place, Highest Finishing Skeeter, Skeeter REAL Money, Morristown Marine New Money, 1st Humminbird/MinnKota Payout, and Big Largemouth. Congrats on an incredible day, Casey!

Following in a close 2nd place was the team of Bobby Chambers and Tim Smiley with a weight of 17.38 lbs with a nice smallmouth of 3.98. Bobby and Tim will get a paid $7,400.00 for their efforts. This includes 2nd place, 2nd Highest Finishing Skeeter, 2nd Morristown Marine New Money, 2nd Humminbird/MinnKota Payout. Great job, guys!

3rd Place went to Rufus Johnson and Craig Brewer with a 17.11 lb bag. Rufus and Craig will deposit a check for $2,500.00 for their 3rd place finish! Congrats on a great tournament!

The team of Don Carmack and Bryan Sandefur finished in 4th place with 16.54 lbs of fish. Don and Bryan will take home a total of $3,000.00 including 4th  place overall and 3rd Highest Finishing Skeeter. Way to go, Don and Bryan!

Rounding out the top 5 was the team of Tim Woods and Chad Waddell with a 16.45 lb bag. Tim and Chad will cash a check for $1,800.00 including 5th place over all and 4th Highest Finishing Skeeter. Congrats Tim and Chad!
The Highest Finishing Skeeter Bonus is paid out to the 10 Highest Finishing teams fishing out of a Skeeter. It pays to run a Skeeter! They were awarded as follows: 
1) Majni/Brooks: $3,000.00

2) Chambers/Smiley: $1,500.00 
3) Carmack/Sandefur: $1,000.00 
4) Woods/Waddell: $800.00 
5) Morgan/Boggs: $700.00 
6) Conn/Conn: $500.00 
7) Bunch/Pilkenton: $250.00
8) Osborne/Meade: $200.00 
9) Phillips/Phillips: $150.00 
10) Grim/Chapman: $100.00 
The Citizens Bank Big Largemouth went to Caey Majni with a green fish tipping the scales at 7.48 lbs. The catch netted them a check for $1,195.00. 
The Citizens Bank Big Smallmouth was caught by Keith McDeerman and Von Dilbeck and weighed in at 4.22 lbs. The smallmouth paid them to the tune of $1,195.00. 
The Highest Finishing Gray Fox Insurance Agency winners were Clifford Bunch/Gary Pilkenton with 14.67 lbs. 2nd Highest Finishing Gray Fox Insurance Agency went to Keith McDeerman/Von Dilbeck with 13.89 lbs. Both teams took home an extra $250 just for insuring with Randy Heatherly at Gray Fox Insurance in LaFollette, TN. Give Randy a call and get in on the payback!

The Morristown Marine New Money awards went to Majni/Brooks and Chambers/Smiley. Morristown Marine New Money pays back to the highest and second highest finishing new Skeeter purchased from Morristown Marine within the qualifying time period. 1st place took home an extra $1,000.00 and 2nd place an extra $750.00. All you have to do is buy your new Skeeter from Morristown Marine.

The Morristown Marine Used Money awards went to Smith/Horton and Goins/Hartgrove. Morristown Marine Used Money pays back to the highest and second highest finishing boat of any brand purchased from Morristown Marine during the qualifying time period. 1st place received an additional $500.00 and 2nd place got an extra $250.00. Get your next pre-owned boat from Morristown Marine and get in on the payday!

Morristown Marine would also like to thank Yamaha, Skeeter Boats, Humminbird and MinnKota, Citizens Bank, Rainey Battery, The Morristown Chamber of Commerce, Holliday Inn-Morristown, Gray Fox Insurance Agency, Old Stage Printing, Volunteer Trenching, ValuRX Pharmacy, Taylor Plumbing, Cumberland Gap Spring Water, Ridge Real Estate, Lake View Dock, Chris Watson Photography, and Smokey Mountain Fiberglass. Without the support of our sponsors, this tournament trail could not exist. Please help show your thanks by supporting these businesses. We would also like to thank our entire tournament trail staff for their long hours and hard work to bring this whole thing together. Most importantly, we want to thank the anglers for coming out to fish with us, being great sportsmen and stewards of the sport of bass fishing.
Next up: South Holston on March 19, 2022. We will be taking registrations starting Monday, March 14 at Morristown Marine and we will be set up taking registrations in person at Observation Knob Park in Bristol on Friday, March 18 from 10am-4pm. We look forward to seeing everyone then!

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