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Sevierville, Tenn. – Twenty-four anglers competed in this year’s Smallmouth King Bass Tournament.

Smallmouth King, a Sevierville Chamber of Commerce event, is the area’s first catch-photograph-release smallmouth bass tournament and highlights the quality fishing opportunities found in Sevierville’s rivers. Anglers fished from the shore, waded, and cast a line from kayaks to catch and release over 67 fish during the two-day event.

“Sevierville has a tremendous smallmouth fishery and this tournament showcases that,” says tournament official Dennis Ogle. “Smallmouth King is such a unique tournament because it’s open to kayaks, bank and wade fishermen. It’s just something different than what anybody else is offering right now in the area and the anglers I’ve talked to are excited about doing it again next year.”

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1st Place - Jordan Marshall

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2nd Place - Brad Sawyer

Winners were determined by their two-day total length of smallmouth bass greater than 12 inches in length. Jordan Marshall of Maryville, TN claimed first prize with 193.5” total. His largest catch was 18.5” with the average size catch being around 16.5”. Brad Sawyer of Seymour, TN claimed second place with 144.75” of fish. An 18.5” fish was his largest catch. Harley Beeler took third place at 107.5” with his largest catch also being 18.5”.

The largest fish caught during the tournament were each 19.75” in length and were caught by Colby Manis of Pigeon Forge, TN and Darin Cross of Knoxville, TN.

Participating anglers came from a variety of states including Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia and Virginia. The youngest participant, fourteen-year-old Kenneth Clarkston, traveled from Illinois to compete in the tournament.

Sevierville Chamber of Commerce officials are excited to see the tournament growing and drawing attention to fishing within the city. “There are many opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors in Sevierville,” says Sevierville Chamber of Commerce CEO Brenda McCroskey. “We are pleased to highlight our rivers and the recreation opportunities they provide our visitors and residents. The waterways are one more great reason to Visit Sevierville.”

For more information about this year’s tournament, go online to www.smallmouthking.com.

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3rd Place - Harley Beeler

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