Smoky Mountain trout tournament draws near

By Joe Bowling

   It's tournament time in Tennessee!
   The 4th Annual Smoky Mountain Spring Trout Tournament will be held Saturday, April 6, and Sunday, April 7. This is the premier tournament of the south. Participants from 14 states will be entered.
   The tournament covers over 20 miles of mountain streams. Drawings for the tournament will be held in Pigeon Forge. Over $10,000 will be given in the tournament.
   The tournament includes a Youth Division and an Adult Division, which are sub-divided into Tourists and Locals.
   Prizes and Drawings:
   $500 for largest trout
   $500 for smallest trout
   Fishing equipment
   Hotel/Motel accommodations
   Amusement passes
   Area restaurant gifts
   Much, much, more!
   $10,000 trout will be stocked prior to the tournament.
   Greg Ward is tournament director. For more information call Rocky Top Outfitters, Pigeon Forge (865) 429-FISH (3474)
   The latest tournament for the Hampton Bass Club, held at Douglas Lake, saw the team of Chad Livingston and David Timbs take first-place honors with a weight of 11.94 pounds.
   After getting off to a slow start this season, Kenny Timbs and David Combs were near the top of their game, forming the runner-up team with a weight of 9.96 pounds.
   Third place went to Roger Brown and Terry McCurray (9.63 pounds), while Johnny Hilton and Wayne Winchester (9.16) came in fourth.
   Bob and Chip Chambers captured fifth-place accolades with 8.70 pounds.
   The "big fish" award went to Nathan Tate with a 4.82 largemouth.
   Twenty-six boats entered the event.