Taylor and Solomon capture 1st Annual Coal Miner's Open fishing tournament

(PHOTO: Contributed / Special to News 5)

More than 70 boats took to Cherokee Lake earlier this month for the inaugural Coal Miner's Bass Fishing Tournament- an event held to honor current and former coal workers and their committment to the region.

Daniel Taylor and William Solomon captured first with a haul of 16.09 pounds, according to data from events organizers Wolfe Williams and Reynolds. Brent Grimm and Bobby Drinnon finshed second and Matt Dillard and Shawn Hudson came in third.

Inquiries about next year's tournament can be made by calling (276) 679-0777 or by emailing