Nashville Anglers Mark Metrick and Dewayne Tidwell Snag First of Triton Owners Tournament
Despite bitter cold temperatures and wet conditions on Old Hickory Lake, Mark Metrick and Dewayne Tidwell came out on top with 5 bass weighing in at 19.84-pounds to take home the Triton Owners Tournament top spot, March 11th. Well known Triton owner, Mike Stubbs and partner Thomas Hunnell came in a close second with 5-bass weighing in at 19.44-pounds. In third was the team of Rodney Tidwell and James Dillon with 4-bass at 13.06-pounds.
"Tough conditions?" asked weighmaster Ray Scott. "I'd be willing to bet my cowboy hat, there'd not be a limit caught," said Scott who was surprised when two five-bass limits over 19-pounds crossed the scales. "Believe me," grinned Scott, "I figured I'd be up on the stage doing a soft-shoe shuffle, rather than weighing strings like that, to keep the crowd entertained."
For Mark Metrick, a hardwood flooring dealer, it was a day to remember. "Two days ago, I'd just got my new custom-made flippin stick from Roy Strube in Nashville, and I told Dwayne I needed to break it in good."
About 10:30am, Metrick flipped a Texas-rigged, five-inch tube jig into the shallows along a riprap rock bank, and the new rod took on the big fish, the 6-pounder. With time running out for the start of the 3pm weigh-in, Metrick made a pitch along riprap in another pocket off the Cumberland River and nailed a bass over 5-pounds. "Then, we put my TR-21 on the pad and made the 25-minute run to the weigh-in," grinned Metrick.
The big bass of the tournament - the 6.92-pound largemouth - boated by the Stubbs-Hunnell team came on a War Eagle tandem spinnerbait with No. 4 willow-leaf blades, fished in about six-feet of water depth.
The special Triton Owners Tournament was sponsored by Hendersonville Marine with Crystal Turner as the tournament director. Many special volunteers and sponsors helped make the tournament a success. Sponsors 5 Star Food Service did an excellent job of catering to the chilled fishers and their families. Larry Bryant and Tracy Townsend were also recognized as tournament coordinators.