Jeff Gustafson picks up Bassmaster Elite win in Knoxville


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — It was a busy four-day stretch in Knoxville for Canadian pro-fisherman Jeff Gustafson.

The pro was able to come away as the winner of the Guaranteed Bassmaster Elite competition. Over the span of four days on the Tennessee River, he caught a four-day total of 63 pounds worth of fish.

According to Bassmaster, this win makes Gustafson the second Canadian in the Elite Series history to take home a blue trophy.

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The latest competition wraps up the second tournament Bassmaster has held in Knoxville. We talked to one of this year’s competitors about what makes East Tennessee’s waters so special.

“This is a very good hub that creates some of the best anglers in the world and the fishing very versatile and there’s so many phenomenal lakes and rivers that have a lot of versatility”

Carl Jocumsen, Bassmaster Elite Series Competitor

Local leaders also attended the final day of the series.

Referencing his WWE alter ego ‘Kane’, Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs took the stage to have some fun as he talked about the series’ future in town at the expense of emcee David Mercer.

“Dave and I have a deal. Next time they’re here, I’m going to chokeslam Dave. Is that cool? You all cool with that?” Jacobs said. “Thanks again to Bassmasters for coming back. We look forward to seeing you again.”

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