Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 5, 2014

Hankins competes in Northern Open

TAZEWELL, Va. — Local bass angler Jonathan Hankins competed in the 2014 BASS Northern Open as a co-angler on May 29-31 at Douglas Lake.

Hankins finished the tournament in 8th place out of 188.  

The top 12 co-anglers fished the final day and weighed in at Bass Pro Shop in Kodak, Tenn.  

"This was truly an amazing experience fishing the final day in a Bassmaster event,” said Hankins, in a press release. “This was the 4th Bass Open I have competed in, however, this was the first time I have made a top 12. I caught a lot of my fish on Killer Bass Baits Killer Rig with a Denali rod and 20 lb Seaguar Invizx fluorocarbon line.

“I want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for blessing me with the opportunity to compete in bass tournaments."  

Hankins has been fishing bass tournaments since he was 14 years old. He began fishing in a local club then he moved up to fishing as a co-angler in the Bass Fishing League (BFL) through FLW.  

Hankins fished in the 2012 All-American held on the Potomac River.  Hankins has since moved to the front of the boat where he is competing as a boater in the BFL's this season. He is currently ranked 21st out of 131.

"The level of competition in the BFL's is tremendous,” he said.

“I feel very fortunate to be ranked where I am with two tournaments remaining.”

Hankins, who is a Patrol Lieutenant with The Tazewell County Sheriff's Office, is currently sponsored by Denali Rods, Seaguar Line, Killer Bass Baits, and The Rod Glove.

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