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Campbell and Wilson Win CFF Season Opener on Nickajack

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First Place Winners - Mike Wilson and Bo Campbell First Place Winners - Mike Wilson and Bo Campbell
Big Fish Winner - Brigam Young Big Fish Winner - Brigam Young

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - The Chattanooga Fishing Forum (CFF) held the first event of its ten tournament season Saturday, March 2, 2013, out of Shellmound on Nickajack Lake. There were 19 teams consisting of Chattanooga Fishing Forum members that braved the cold temperatures to participate in the event.

The team of Bo Campbell and Mike Wilson caught a three-fish limit weighing 12.03 pounds to win first place in the tournament.

"We caught our better fish early on in the tournament using jigs around shallow cover," said Campbell.

Brigam Young, fishing solo weighed in the big fish of the tournament with a giant largemouth weighing 7.38 pounds.

The duo of Tim Thornbury and Tyler Thornbury won big spot of the tournament with a spotted bass that weighed 3.42 pounds.

The Chattanooga Fishing Forum is an online fishing forum of local fisherman with a membership of nearly 8000 anglers. Qualifying for CFF tournaments requires active participation in the forum in the form of fishing reports, tournament reports, and general fishing and outdoors discussion. For more info on becoming a member visit

Tournament organizer Patrick McBride said, "Any CFF member can join us to fish, but each boat that participates in the tournament must have a combined total of at least 150 posts on the CFF. The minimum post rule was not meant to exclude anglers, it was designed to promote the active exchange of ideas and fishing reports on the CFF."

McBride says, "The purpose of the CFF Tournament Trail is to provide a low cost tournament format with a fellowship oriented atmosphere to anglers who want to participate in tournaments without the pressure or high costs associated with fishing higher-level events.  In many cases these events can be used by tournament anglers to hone their skills in preparation for next level of tournaments, or to decide if they are tournament fishing material."

Listed below are the top 10 places:

  • 1st – Bo Campbell and Mike Wilson - 12.03 pounds
  • 2nd - Leonard Steele and Tonya Steele - 11.04 pounds
  • 3rd - Blake Gideon and Todd Gray - 10.7 pounds
  • 4th - Tim Thornbury and Tyler Thornbury - 9.74 pounds
  • 5th - Cliff Thomas - 8.86 pounds
  • 6th - Todd Smith and Tim Smith - 8.74 pounds
  • 7th - Brigam Young - 7.38 pounds
  • 8th  - Mike Gnaster and Ed Knight - 7.15 pounds
  • 9th  - Rudy Chastain and Jerry Cornwell - 6.4 pounds
  • 10th - Carl Vicars and Matt Vicars - 4.71 pounds
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