Might seven, 2019
by Justin Onslow
John Younger of Canal Winchester, Ohio, walked absent from his initially-at any time go to to Lake Chickamauga with $two,500. Most likely much more importantly, he still left with a tale he and his working day-two angler, J Todd Tucker, will never ever ignore.
The winner of the FLW Marshal contest compiled a whole excess weight of 38 kilos, five ounces (among Tucker and working day-just one angler Randy Allen) to gain the prime prize. Allen did the weighty lifting on that account (22-14 on working day just one), but Tucker concluded the work with a bag of 15-seven that he may perhaps never ever have weighed in if it weren’t for Younger.
“You saved my existence,” Tucker explained to Younger following weigh-in on working day two.
He was not becoming flippant, both.
As Tucker tells it, the 2nd-yr Tour professional was fishing about an outdated duck blind when he hooked a large. It wrapped alone about the blind, and Tucker did every thing he could to get it cost-free.
“There was a two-by-4 from just one write-up to the other, and I was heading down to set my rod up beneath it,” Tucker describes. “I set my rod up beneath that two-by-4 and arrived at down like a dummy. I set all my excess weight on it, and it arrived off.”
At that issue, Tucker fell confront-initially into the aid write-up, impacting it with his nose.
“It transpired so rapid,” he provides. “I did not know what transpired. I’m blacked out. It knocked me out. I woke up and he [Young] is ideal there keeping my arm. Thank goodness.”
Younger observed what transpired and straight away scrambled to seize Tucker and support him from the h2o.
“He went in, and I went to support,” Younger claims. “He rolled more than, and his eyes have been up and blood was just about everywhere.”
With Young’s help, Tucker designed it again into his boat and concluded the working day. He was sore and nonetheless a very little bloodied-up following weigh-in on working day two (Tucker concluded 60th and attained a test), but in any other case high-quality – if not nonetheless a very little shaken from the knowledge.
Younger was just satisfied to be in a posture to support, and Tucker is certainly satisfied his marshal was there to lend a hand.
Younger, a retired UPS personnel, is a self-proclaimed “geek” when it will come to bass fishing, particularly of the specialist wide range. So when the Ohio indigenous observed Lake Chickamauga on the plan and experienced an possibility to indication up as a marshal for the initially time, he realized he experienced to consider it.
Now, he’s hooked on Chick and enthusiastic to probably marshal once again in the upcoming.
“I imagine I’m heading to arrive again subsequent thirty day period with my individual boat,” he beams. “I utilized to get down to Kentucky Lake two or a few moments a yr. I imagine I’m heading to give Kentucky a split for a whilst and arrive down right here.”
Younger observed what Chickamauga is able of, notably on working day just one with Allen, who landed a large eight-pound-course fish as his marshal sat there with a entrance-row seat.
“When he [Allen] had that significant just one on there, I’m sitting down there with goosebumps,” he describes. “Neither just one of us could breathe following that.
“I explained to Randy following that that this is my initially-at any time event [as a marshal]. ‘You ruined marshaling for me, due to the fact following nowadays, I question if it will get any superior. I may possibly as nicely just rest in.’”
Younger was joking, of system, and it is surely a little bit of serendipity that he did not rest in. And whilst Allen may perhaps have experienced the most effective working day Younger is probably to at any time see as a marshal, he wishes to do it all once again.
“I would like to marshal once again,” he admits. “The hundred bucks [entry fee] is nicely worthy of it. It is unbelievable how a lot I realized out right here. I never know if they comprehend how a lot I realized from them.”
That $100 entry is now $two,500 in funds winnings, which Younger options to use to obtain some new electronics for his boat. But initially, he claims he’s heading to give $500 of it to his spouse. He phone calls it a “win-gain.”
All in all, it is secure to say Young’s initially knowledge at Chickamauga and as an FLW Tour marshal was a good results. Just talk to J Todd Tucker.
one. John Younger – Canal Winchester, Ohio – $two,500.00
two. Charlie Potts – Chattanooga. Tenn. – $one,00.00
three. Rudy S. Albrecht – Canton, Ga. – $750.00
four. Brandon Davis – Jackson, Tenn. – $500.00
five. Eric Smith – Cleveland, Tenn. – $250.00
six. Ross McMullen – Indianapolis, Ind. – $100.00
seven. Russell Stanley – Sugar Valley, Ga. – $100.00
eight. Jimmy Rawlston – Ooltewah, Tenn. – $100.00
nine. Andrew Kilgore – Whitwell, Tenn. – $100.00
10. Daniel Beebe – Niota, Tenn. – $100.00
Want to be a marshal?
Thank you to all who participated at Lake Chickamauga. If you’d like to understand much more about getting to be a marshal, remember to contact 270.252.1000, or visit flwfishing.com/marshals. Openings are out there for the impending occasion at Lake Champlain.