Two Warren County residents found themselves in first place in the 34th annual Kentucky Lake Strike King Open Bass Tournament.
Local anglers Jeff Stafford and Charles Yancy won the prestigious tourney at Pebble Isle Marina in New Johnsonville, Tenn., on Saturday, June 11 with a winning weight of 24.83 pounds. Their catch of the day weighed 5.86 pounds and was caught by Yancy.
This is billed as the granddaddy of tournaments on Kentucky Lake. There were 134 boats with top anglers vying for the championship.
It was the second time the team of Yancy and Stafford has fished this tournament. They missed out on a payday last year by a few ounces. They said they had to come back and give it another try, reporting Kentucky Lake ledge fishing was new to them but they figured it out.
"It is a big win for them as this is a premiere tournament," said tournament director Chuck Harger. "The fact they got close last year and came back to win is great. There are some good anglers in Warren County."
Second place went to Trislin McCormick and Nathan Rumsey with 23.70 pounds. McCormick also had big fish of the tournament at 9.23 pounds. Third place went to Josh Harbison and Justin English with 23.60 pounds.