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Welcome to the 2014 Tournament Season!

Tournament Director: Richard McMaster
(423) 748-3240


Welcome to 2014

As many of you already know it's been announced that Richard and Melissa will not be running the trail next year but there will be a trail. Arrangements are being made for a new director to take over and details will be available in the coming months. Tentative 2015 schedule below.

Classic and Banquet Information

This years classic will be held on October 25th and 26th. Day one will be on Douglas out of Shady Grove and day two will be on Cherokee at the bridge. Entry fee for the classic is $150. Anyone that signs up for the classic the week prior to the event, either at Toms Marine or at the Banquet, will be entered into a drawing for a new trolling motor so be sure to sign up early.

The banquet will be held at The Field of Dreams activity center in Dandridge Tennesee on Friday evening, October 24th. Dinner will begin around 6pm. The Field of Dreams is located at 1100 Treadway Drive. We look forward to seeing everyone there.

Livesay and Jones Take Final Regular Season Tourney

Douglas Lake was the site of the final regular season Toms Marine Team Trail event for 2014. The team of Michael Livesay and Robert Jones took home the title and the $2,500 first place prize with a nice Douglas limit weighing 17.44-pounds. They are shown below.

Second place and $1,000 went to Bryant Ailor and Mark Ailor with 16.59-pounds. Tom Cole and Homer Ryans finished third and won $600 with 16.31-pounds. Fourth place and $500 went to Jimmy Clark and Daniel Aldridge with 15.88-pounds. Rounding out the top 5 and winning $400 with 15.56-pounds was the team of Bill Freshour and Kenneth Lowick. Complete results, standings and photos are now posted.

The Toms Marine Team Trail classic will be held on October 25th and 26th with the first day being on Douglas out of Shady Grove and day 2 being on Cherokee out of the bridge launch. Entry fee for the classic is $150 and teams eligible for the classic are highlighted on the standings page. This year there will again be a banquet on the Friday before the classic, October 24th. This will be held in Dandridge at the Field of Dreams located at 1100 Treadway Drive. We will begin dinner around 6pm and we encourage everyone to come out and enjoy the festivities.

Bassmaster Team Championship Details and Update

The Bassmaster Team Championship will be December 9-13, 2014 on Lake Degray, Bismarck, AR. The entry fee is $500 per team. The registration and briefing will be December 9th with the team portion of the event being the 10th and 11th. Then the top three teams will be spilt up and the Bassmaster Team Championship Classic Fish Off will be the 12th and 13th. There is a room block set up at the Degray Lake Resort State Park. Call 501-865-5851 for Reservations Use the Group Name Bassmaster or Group Number 1473111 to attach the reservation to the tournament block. $85 per night room rate.

Additionally, for this inaugural year, the Bassmaster Team Championship is going to allow us to send 1 team, for every 25 paid teams (50 individual Bassmaster Team members) This is double the original amount. That means the top 4 teams from our trail will qualify to fish this great event.

The Toms Elite Series Championship and it's $1000 prize was won by the team of Eddie Ball and Keith Gray. They topped the other 9 teams with their 14.88-pound Cherokee Lake limit on September 6.

Toms Elite Series number 2 goes to Tim Smiley

The second Toms Marine Elite Series Tournament was held on June 28, 2014 on Douglas Lake. The top 5 finishers qualifying for the third tournament:
  • Tim Smiley - 19.15-pounds
  • Keith Gray and Eddie Ball - 15.89-pounds
  • Steve Miracle and Mike Wolfenbarger - 13.68-pounds
  • Chad Waddell and Rodney Craddock - 11.44-pounds
  • Randy Carroll and Mike Hobby - 10.91-pounds

The first Toms Marine Elite Series Tournament was held on March 22, 2014 on Cherokee Lake. The top 5 finishers qualifying for the third tournament:
  • Adrian Ransnake - 17.81-pounds
  • Rick Gill - 16.91-pounds
  • Jack Wade & Tim Irwin - 16.74-pounds
  • Gary Pilkenton - 14.83-pounds
  • Randy Carroll & Mike Hobby - 14.70-pounds

With one team double qualifying for the final tournament it will be a 9 boat no entry fee tournament for $1000, winner take all.

2015 Schedule
March 21 - Cherokee @ Bridge
April 4 - Norris @ Brogans
April 25 - Douglas @ Shady Grove
May 16 - Cherokee @ Dam
June 27 - Cherokee night tournament @ Bridge
July 25 - Douglas night tournament @ Shady Grove
September 19 - Cherokee @ Bridge
October 10 & 11 - Classic on Cherokee, day 1 at dam, day 2 at bridge
Note that schedule is subject to change as new director works out final details.

Toms Marine Top 30 Elite Series is coming

The Toms Marine Elite Thirty Tournaments, there will be three tournaments two that are qualifying tournaments, and will be 30 boats/team members from the Toms 2013 points and the top 30 in points have first choice. The entry fee for the first two will be $200.00 per boat. There will be no big fish only places paid and only three places per tournament. The third tournament will be a no entry fee tournament. There will be $1000.00 taken from each of the first two tournaments for a total of $2000.00. That will be a winner take all in the third tournament. The third tournament will consist of the top five from each of the first two tournaments. If a team wishes to separate they will be allowed to fish alone but there will not be any alternates and with this there could be more than 30 boats.

Dates for Elite Tournaments
March 22nd Cherokee Boat Launch Road
June 28th Douglas at Dandridge
September 6th
Cherokee Lake, 25E Bridge

Qualify for the Bassmaster Classic

New for 2014, Toms Marine Team Trail has joined forces with B.A.S.S. to give our fishermen a chance to qualify for the 2015 Bassmaster Classic! For a $10.00 annual membership fee per person, $20.00 per team, you will have a chance to qualify for the 2015 Bassmaster Classic. For every 50 25 teams that sign up for this program, we will send (1) team to the Bass Team Championship, 100 teams sign up and two four teams advance, 150 teams sign up three six teams advance and so forth. We will be using a points system to qualify for the Bass Team Championship. If you qualify and make the Bass Team Championship you will fish out of you or your partners boat. If your team finishes in the top 3 of the Bass Team Championship you will be split up into 6 individual boats and fish the Bass Team Classic Championship. The winner of the Bass Team Classic Championship will receive a berth in the 2015 BASSMASTER CLASSIC.

New Incentives for 2014

Toms Marine will pay $250 to anyone who wins out a boat purchased new from Toms Marine since 20110.

Glow Max will pay the winner of this years night tournament $250 in cash and $250 merchandise if you are using Glow Max black lights in your boat. In addition Toms Marine will pay the winner an additional $100 if the Glow Max black lights were purchased from and installed by Toms Marine.

Linex has teamed up with Toms Marine Team Trail to sponsor a drawing for a new spray in Linex bed liner this season. Anyone making a purchsae from Linex and letting them know you are a member of Toms Marine Team Trail will be entered into this drawing to be held at the end of the 2014 regular season. Visit Linex or call Richard for more details.

Toms Marine Team Trail would like to thank Anglers Channel (anglerschannel.com) for their coverage of the trail. Anglers Channel provides coverage of fishing all across the country and you can check them out by clicking here.

Tom's Marine Tournament Trail is included in most major boat manufacturers contingency programs. A complete list of the eligible programs can be found at the bottom of the payout page or by clicking here. The list of eligible programs changes regularly and is at the descretion of the individual boat manufacturers so be sure and check your manufacturers program for eligibility and requirements.

Tournament Director Richard McMaster invites everyone to come out and take part in this trail. Richard may be contacted at 423-748-3240 after 3pm. Prior to 3pm you may leave a message and it will be returned sometime after 3pm.

You may also request information from any member of the Tournament Committee. They are:

  • Stan Strickland, Assistant Director
  • Jamie Goodin
  • Ken Vicchio
  • Chad Waddell
  • Rick Gill