BAIT Classic



B.A.I.T. Inc.

1420 McCarty Rd.

Knoxville, TN 37914

(865) 679-2233



Holt and Livesay Win

B.A.I.T. Classic XIV on Douglas Lake

B.A.I.T. held its 14th annual Classic event on beautiful Douglas Lake in Jefferson County, TN. The town of Dandridge and the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce hosted the event and took very good care of the fishermen and all B.A.I.T. staff. The event was held on October 11th – 12th, 2013 at The Dandridge Point Marina. Fishing was pretty good overall and nearly everyone caught fish. Seventy – five teams competed for two days to see who would come out on top with the highest two-day combined total weight. First place prize was a 2014 Nitro Z-7 fully rigged boat, motor and trailer equipped with a 2013 Mercury 150 hp. Four Stroke engine with a package value of $28,540.00. The boat was provided by Tracker Marine and Bass Pro Shops in Kodak, TN.

Winners Brian Holt and Michael Livesay


After an awesome first day catch of 17.95 lbs. Brian Holt and Michael Livesay brought in another 17+ pound bag to seal their victory. They had a two day total weight of 35.04 lbs. and took home first place prize – a 2014 Nitro Z-7 fully rigged boat, motor and trailer equipped with a 2013 Mercury 150 hp. Four Stroke engine with a package value of $28,540.00. Second place went to the team of Stonie Newsome and Charlie Rose with a two day total of 28.14 lbs. They netted $5,000.00 for their efforts. Third place went to Troy and Denton Jones with 28.10 lbs. worth $2,000.00. Fourth place went to Mark Mauldin and Lee Monday with 27.23 lbs. worth $1,000.00. Fifth place went to Buster and Travis Lilly with 27.18 lbs. worth $500.00.  Sixth place went to Tim Smiley and Steve Gibson with 26.90 lbs. worth $500.00. Seventh place went to Don and Nancy McCurdy with 26.20 lbs. worth $500.00. Eighth place went to Randy Carroll and Mike Hobby with 25.67 lbs. worth $500.00. Ninth place went to Kevin Powers and Tony Street with 25.54 lbs. worth $500.00. Tenth place went to Jeff Cannon and Shawn Brock with 25.35 lbs. worth $500.00.


Eleventh through twentieth place went as follows:

Gregg, Jeff and Hill, Bill – TN1



Ferguson, Bobby and McConnell, Charlie



Covington, Chris and Covington, Tommy



Hobbs, Randy and Ingram, Glen – AL4



Larue, Kenny and Monroe, Gordon



Collinsworth, David and Collinsworth, Randy – TN1


Luck E Strike tackle pack

Epperson, Rickey and Phillips, Sam – TN1


Luck E Strike tackle pack

Warner, James and Wright, Patrick- WV1


 Luck E Strike tackle pack

Pannell, Michael and Pate, David – TN1


Luck E Strike tackle pack

Dunaway, Jack and Harris, Randy


Luck E Strike tackle pack

There were two lunkers paid each day. Each lunker was worth $375.00 each day. First day largemouth lunker went to Tim Kimsey weighing 6.14 lbs. First day lunker smallmouth went to Brian Holt and Michael Livesay weighing 4.91 lbs. Second day lunker largemouth went to Buster and Travis Lilly weighing 5.21 lbs. Second day lunker smallmouth went to Gene Laycock and Tim Bandy weighing 4.66 lbs.

The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce and Town of Dandridge Public Works along with Dandridge Police helped with traffic control and had excellent facilities ready for us to use. The Taste of Dandridge cooked a very nice supper for all members of B.A.I.T. and its staff Thursday evening after registration. During the meeting B.A.I.T. gave away some door prizes donated by Bobby Dennis with Luck E Strike, a Koolwell system for your livewell and a gift certificate to Owen’s Restaurant in Dandridge, TN. The host motel, Quality Inn of Dandridge, was exceptionally great in aiding all of the fishermen’s needs. Breakfast was made early and everyone was very accommodating. The Professor, Wilson Frazier, gave a seminar on sonar and GPS Wednesday evening for all who wanted to come and was at the ramp everyday helping the fishermen with their electronics.

B.A.I.T. wants to thank all its sponsors for helping put this event on; it would not have been possible without you: Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce – Adele Sensing and Don Cason, The Dandridge Point Marina, Town of Dandridge – Mayor George Gantte, Taste of Dandridge, Tracker Marine and Nitro Boats, Mercury Marine, Quality Inn of Dandridge, Sportsman Ministries – Tim Kimsey, The Professor – Wilson Frazier, Koolwell, Luck E Strike, EZ Troll, all B.A.I.T. staff and other helpers.

You can also become a part of “America’s Best Team Trail” by logging on to our website,, and checking each division’s schedule to see when we will be in your area. Membership is only $40 per person. Membership includes a B.A.I.T. official spinnerbait, decal and two Bang-it jigs. Qualifying is easy – all you have to do is fish 7 tournaments in one or various divisions. You can also qualify by finishing in the top 50% (of the average number of boats per tournament) in points in one division. Join today and become a part of Bass Anglers Invitational Trail! We currently have 14 divisions covering 7 states and we are still growing!

Classic XV has been set!! B.A.I.T. will be heading to Gadsden, AL to Lake Neely Henry on October 3 – 4, 2014. We will be launching from the city ramp in Gadsden, AL. We will have lots of cash and prizes to give away and we hope to see you there. If you have any questions please contact us through our website God Bless and remember to take a kid fishing! For more information please call Sunny DeFOE (President) 865-679-2233, Bud DeFOE (Founder / Vice President) 865-679-0419.

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