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Tramel Lands Win at ABA Center Hill Bass Tourney

Josh B. Tramel of Smithville hooked a victory on Saturday at the American Bass Anglers Ram Truck Open Series tournament on Center Hill Lake.

Tramel’s 19.46 pound bag of bass bested runner-up Jason Dies of Lebanon by nearly a pound and a half.

The heftiest hog in Tramel’s sack weighed in just shy of six pounds — the second biggest catch of the day.

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Josh B. Tramel and the biggest of his hefty catch to win the April 17 Ram Truck Open Series ABA tournament on Center Hill Lake.

Tramel said angling is pretty hot right now on Center Hill Lake, especially in the morning.

“I caught them all day long, really. They were hitting pretty good today,” he said. “Early is definitely better. But the good ones hit all day, you just catch less of them as the day goes on.”

Tramel, an accountant by day during the week, said he hooked all his fish on a jig in three- to 10-feet deep water.

The tournament whopper was a 6.39 pound largemouth landed by Noel Smith of Portland, who finished third overall.

Anthony Ryan Layhew of Murfreesboro won the co-angler division with a 10.52 pound bag of three fish.

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BAGS O’ BASS: Competition anglers on Center Hill Lake keep their sacks of fish alive in oxygenated tanks as they await weigh-in. All the fish were later released.

Other anglers from the Center Hill Lake region fared pretty well in the tournament, which included 56 entrants from Tennessee, Alabama and Kentucky in the “boater” division, and 24 in the “co-angler” division.

Local fisherman placing in the Top 25 were Kenneth Reece of Brush Creek at 5th, Tim Staley of Dowelltown at 8th, Dustin Barlow of Walling at 10th, Greg Barnes of Rock Island at 13th, Anthony Nash of Quebeck at 15th, Mike Redmon of Dowelltown at 23rd and Frank Bell of Smithville at 24th.

At day’s end, 380 fish were weighed totaling 768 pounds. The average keeper-size bass for the tournament was in the two-and-a-half pound range. All the fish were later released.

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Sligo Marina’s Chow House Churning Out Fresh Grub

The Wheelhouse Restaurant at Sligo Marina is firing up the grill for the season.

Fifty or so hardcore fans of the on-the-water eatery just east of Smithville braved balmy temperatures and blue skies on Friday to celebrate the launch of 2016’s sun-soaked session of spring-and-summer fun.

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Sligo Marina Maniacs

Chris Batty is steering the Wheelhouse this year. He said Center Hill Lake customers ought to sail on in with high hopes and healthy appetites.

“We’re going to provide fresh quality food with excellent customer service, that’s our plan,” Batty promises.

Batty’s hoping the grade A prime rib, succulent sea food, ample-sized sandwiches, hand-prepped burgers and fresh-battered chicken tenders keep lake lubbers cruising back for moor all season long.

The Wheelhouse Restaurant hours of operation are Friday’s 4:00 PM to 2:00 AM, Saturday’s 8:00 AM to 2:00 AM, and Sunday’s 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

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Spring Colors Reign at Edgar Evins State Park

There really isn’t a bad time to visit Edgar Evins State Park. But if you’re looking for a best time, spring is arguably it.

As winter recedes and summer approaches, colors emerge, then abound. Birds, buds, leaves, butterflies and beautiful Tennessee wildflowers burst forth with vital vernal effervescence. Read more

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Landowners Urged to Take Long View When Logging

Deciding when to cut timber on your property, and in what manner, is one of the most important decisions a woodland landowner can make.

When it comes to agriculture commodities like row crops or cattle, if you make a mistake you can recover in a relatively short period of time. Such is by no means the case with trees, warns University of Tennessee extension forestry specialist David Mercker. Read more

Early Spring Edition is Here

Spring is in the air and the Center Hill Sun is headed to your mailbox! Read more

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