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Posted By The Bass Hog

Co-Angler Title Goes to Shelby's Scism

HENDERSON, N.C. (April 29, 2019) – Boater Robert Walser of Lexington, North Carolina, brought five bass to the weigh-in stage totaling 15 pounds, 10 ounces, to win Saturday's T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) North Carolina Division tournament on Kerr Lake. For his efforts, Walser took home $5,718.

"I fished flooded bushes and trees, mid-lake, along an approximately 20-mile stretch," said Walser, who logged his 12th career win in BFL competition – tied for second most all-time. "I used a spinnerbait early, and then I flipped."

Walser said he used a ½-ounce white-colored Rush Lures double-willow-bladed spinnerbait with a chartreuse and silver glitter Zoom Split Tail trailer on 20-pound-test Berkley Big Game line. He flipped a green-pumpkin Zoom Baby Brush Hog with a 3/0-sized Berkley Fusion 19 EWG hook and a 3/8-ounce Eco Pro tungsten flipping weight. For flipping, he opted for 20-pound-test Berkley Trilene 100-percent fluorocarbon line.

"I caught more than 30 keepers. It was hard initially, but after it warmed up it got easier," said Walser. "We had a severe cold front come through Friday afternoon and the temperatures dropped rapidly – maybe 20 degrees in 30 minutes. It rained following the temperature change, so we had a few hours of cold rain. I think it had an effect on the fish I was targeting, but after noontime I caught four or five limits."

Walser said he ended up weighing one off the spinnerbait, and the rest from the Brush Hog.

"Some of those spinnerbait fish in the morning were at those deeper bushes, and my Garmin Panoptix showed me the submerged bushes I couldn't see, which really helped me out," said Walser.

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Robert Walser, Lexington, N.C., five bass, 15-10, $3,718 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus

               2nd:         Dustin Clontz, Albemarle, N.C., five bass, 14-8, $1,909

               3rd:          Jake Frye, Charlotte, N.C., five bass, 14-0, $1,388

               4th:          Scott Beattie, Lincolnton, N.C., five bass, 13-10, $898

               5th:          Scott Hamrick, Denver, N.C., five bass, 13-8, $655

               5th:          Randy Childers, Anderson, S.C., five bass, 13-8, $805

               7th:          Jason Wilson, Lincolnton, N.C., five bass, 13-6, $990

               8th:          Carson Orellana, Mooresville, N.C., five bass, 13-0, $513

               9th:          Michael Stephens, Gastonia, N.C., five bass, 12-8, $456

               10th:        Ryan Deal, Indian Trail, N.C., five bass, 12-7, $399

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Wilson caught a 5-pound, 1-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day's Boater Big Bass award of $420.

Jeff Scism of Shelby, North Carolina, won the Co-angler Division and $1,709 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 12 pounds, 5 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Jeff Scism, Shelby, N.C., five bass, 12-5, $1,709

               2nd:         Larry Freeman Jr., La Crosse, Va., five bass, 12-3, $1,105

               3rd:          Wayne Smelser, Rural Retreat, Va., five bass, 11-1, $620

               4th:          Charles Wood, Thomasville, N.C., four bass, 10-15, $609

               5th:          Maverick Canipe, Kings Mountain, N.C., five bass, 10-1, $342

               6th:          Dwayne Parton, Anderson, S.C., five bass, 9-13, $413

               7th:          Mark Murphy, Salisbury, N.C., five bass, 9-12, $285

               8th:          Barry Burford, Charlotte, N.C., five bass, 9-11, $256

               9th:          Grant McPeters, Marion, N.C., four bass, 9-10, $228

               10th:        John Cook, Matthews, N.C., five bass, 9-9, $199

Wood caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 5 pounds, 4 ounces. The catch earned him the day's Co-angler Big Bass award of $210.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 10-12 BFL Regional Championship on Lake Hartwell in Seneca, South Carolina, presented by Navionics. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard.

The T-H Marine FLW BFL North Carolina Division tournament on Kerr Lake was hosted by the Vance County Tourism Development Authority.

The 2019 BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the BFL All-American. The 2019 BFL All-American will be held May 30-June 1 at the Potomac River in Marbury, Maryland, and is hosted by the Charles County Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism and the Commissioners of Charles County. Top performers in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the FLW Tour.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League on FLW's social media outlets at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Courtesy of FLW Communications.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

Raleigh's Richardt Claims Co-Angler Title

HENDERSON, N.C. (April 8, 2019) – Boater R.J. DeGrandcourt of Clarksville, Virginia, caught five bass Saturday weighing 18 pounds, 7 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Shenandoah Division opener on Kerr Lake. For his catch, DeGrandcourt took home $2,585.

According to post-tournament reports, DeGrandcourt caught his bass fishing flats on the upper end of the lake with a Bomber Speed Shad crankbait.

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          R.J. DeGrandcourt, Clarksville, Va., five bass, 18-7, $2,585

               2nd:         Ben Dalton, Keeling, Va., five bass, 16-5, $1,175

               3rd:          Travis Lugar, McGaheysville, Va., five bass, 15-9, $784

               4th:          Jack Dice, Lynchburg, Va., five bass, 15-0, $759

               4th:          Thomas Svec, Chesapeake, Va., five bass, 15-0, $509

               6th:          Curtis Talbott, Forest, Va., five bass, 14-15, $631

               7th:          Michael Delvisco, Dandridge, Tenn., five bass, 14-1, $392

               8th:          Derik Hudson, Concord, Va., five bass, 13-11, $752

               9th:          Rick Hawkins, Roanoke, Va., five bass, 13-10, $313

               10th:        Craig Wright, Rustburg, Va., four bass, 13-1, $150

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

DeGrandcourt also caught a 6-pound, 9-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day's Boater Big Bass award of $235.

Kyle Richardt of Raleigh, North Carolina, won the Co-angler Division and $1,175 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 12 pounds, 7 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Kyle Richardt, Raleigh, N.C., five bass, 12-7, $1,175

               2nd:         Trey Grow, Mechanicsville, Va., five bass, 11-6, $587

               3rd:          Louis Britos, Disputanta, Va., five bass, 10-10, $393

               4th:          Jamie Newton, Falls Church, Va., four bass, 10-9, $254

               4th:          Timothy Kinder, Manassas, Va., five bass, 10-9, $354

               6th:          Brandt Thompson , Richmond, Va., five bass, 10-7, $215

               7th:          Gregory Chuhta, Germantown, Md., five bass, 10-5, $196

               8th:          Danny Crickenberger, Charlottesville, Va., four bass, 10-0, $293

               9th:          Billy Brown, Dahlgren, Va., five bass, 9-13, $157

               10th:        Al Berkley, Madison Heights, Va., five bass, 9-12, $50

Crickenberger caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 4 pounds, 12 ounces. The catch earned him the day's Co-angler Big Bass award of $117.

The tournament was hosted by the Vance County Tourism Development Authority.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 10-12 BFL Regional Championship on Lake Hartwell in Seneca, South Carolina, presented by Navionics. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard.

The 2019 BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the BFL All-American. The 2019 BFL All-American will be held May 30-June 1 at the Potomac River in Marbury, Maryland, and is hosted by the Charles County Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism and the Commissioners of Charles County. Top performers in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the FLW Tour.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League on FLW's social media outlets at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Courtesy of FLW Communications.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

Co-Angler Title Goes to Kingsport's Blakely

BRISTOL, Tenn. (April 1, 2019) – Boater Craig Powers of Rockwood, Tennessee, brought a five-bass limit to the scale weighing 17 pounds, 9 ounces, to win Saturday's T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Volunteer Division tournament on South Holston Reservoir. Powers earned $3,583 for his victory.

Powers spent his day fishing wind-blown points mid-lake, not too far from takeoff. He said the bite was tough, and that he caught just six keepers all day. He weighed in two largemouth and two spotted bass from a spinnerbait and a 3-pound smallmouth on a crankbait.

"I targeted blowdowns on the points with the spinnerbait, and when the wind quit blowing I switched to a flat-sided crankbait. It was the same deal [with the crankbait] – rocky, wind-blown points – but I stayed away from the trees," said Powers, who earned his fifth win in FLW competition. "The crankbait has a tight wiggle and when they quit biting, I can usually catch a few on it.

Powers said his spinnerbait was a ½-ounce, custom-made lure with Willow Leaf and Colorado blades and a Glimmer Blue skirt, with a Zoom Split Tail trailer of the same color. His crankbait was a Root Beer-colored CP Custom Baits Series 3 balsa crankbait. He said he primarily worked in 6 to 10 feet of water.

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Craig Powers, Rockwood, Tenn., five bass, 17-9, $3,583

               2nd:         Kevin Powers, Unicoi, Tenn., five bass, 13-15, $1,764

               3rd:          Jonathan Bowling , Harriman, Tenn., five bass, 13-8, $1,108

               4th:          Steve Coleman, Clayton, Ga., five bass, 13-6, $707

               5th:          Nathan Hipps, Canton, N.C., five bass, 11-7, $580

               5th:          Derrick Blake, Rockwood, Tenn., two bass, 11-7, $580

               7th:          Matt Linton, Kingston, Tenn., four bass, 10-6, $505

               8th:          Doug Burke, Castlewood, Va., four bass, 10-0, $454

               9th:          Tavin Napier, Rockwood, Tenn., three bass, 9-9, $404

               10th:        Wayne Coppage, Jonesboro, Tenn., four bass, 9-1, $353

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Powers also caught a 7-pound, 13-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day's Boater Big Bass award of $355.

David Blakely of Kingsport, Tennessee, won the Co-angler Division and $1,714 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 11 pounds, 10 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          David Blakely, Kingsport, Tenn., five bass, 11-10, $1,714

               2nd:         Mark Dillard, Bluff City, Tenn., four bass, 11-7, $807

               3rd:          Clint Dyer, Jonesborough, Tenn., four bass, 10-10, $505

               4th:          Joey Boling, Walland, Tenn., three bass, 9-0, $353

               5th:          Brian Miller, Calhoun, Ga., three bass, 8-0, $303

               6th:          Audie Aultman, Knoxville, Tenn., three bass, 7-5, $278

               7th:          Bradley Watts, Afton, Tenn., four bass, 7-3, $252

               8th:          Jim Neece Sr., Bristol, Va., three bass, 6-15, $214

               8th:          Darren Kelly, Wartburg, Tenn., two bass, 6-15, $364

               10th:        Robert Barch Jr., Nelsonville, Ohio, two bass, 6-13, $177

Curtis Crooke of Washburn, Tennessee, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 4 pounds, 14 ounces. The catch earned him the day's Co-angler Big Bass award of $177.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 10-12 BFL Regional Championship on Lake Hartwell in Seneca, South Carolina, presented by Navionics. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard.

The 2019 BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the BFL All-American. The 2019 BFL All-American will be held May 30-June 1 at the Potomac River in Marbury, Maryland, and is hosted by the Charles County Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism and the Commissioners of Charles County. Top performers in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the FLW Tour.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League on FLW's social media outlets at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

Shavertown's Klaips Wins Co-Angler Title

NORTH EAST, Md. (May 20, 2019) – Boater Jason Burger of Bridgeton, New Jersey, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Northeast Division opener on the Chesapeake Bay presented by Navionics Saturday with five bass weighing 23 pounds, 9 ounces. For his efforts, Burger pocketed $4,000.

Burger said he spent the day fishing isolated grass clumps and wood near the mouth of the Susquehanna River. He said he caught about 10 keepers all day, and ended up weighing all largemouth.

"I'd usually fish different areas that are more normal for this time of year, but with the weather they've had, I fished some old stuff," said Burger, who earned his first win in FLW competition. "When they have a lot of rain, they open up the Conowingo Dam and it muddies up the water in the North East area. And when they close it, the water near Havre de Grace is the first to clean up, so I stayed around the mouth of the river and targeted spawning and prespawn fish."

For prespawners, Burger used a ½-ounce, white-colored 6th Sense Divine Swim-Jig with a 4-inch X Zone Muscle Back Craw trailer and a 3/8-ounce, black and blue Z-Man ChatterBait with a 4-inch Tennessee Shad-colored X Zone Swammer Swimbait. When he slowed down for bedding fish, he worked a 3/8-ounce, black and blue-colored 6th sense Divine Hybrid jig with a 3.25-inch X Zone Rebel Chunk trailer, as well as a 6-inch, Texas-rigged X Zone True Center Stick, also in black and blue.

"My Lowrance electronics and Power-Poles were also crucial," said Burger. "When you're working with tides and wind you have to be stealthy, and the poles help. My Lowrance side imaging is how I found a lot of the stuff I fished."

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Jason Burger, Bridgeton, N.J., five bass, 23-9, $4,000

               2nd:         Terry Roberson, North East, Md., five bass, 22-9, $2,000

               3rd:          John Vanore, Mullica Hill, N.J., five bass, 21-2, $1,784

               4th:          Ken Golub, Pittsford, N.Y., five bass, 19-11, $1,183

               5th:          Brian Bylotas, Scott Township, Pa., five bass, 19-3, $1,100

               6th:          Jon Werner, Nazareth, Pa., five bass, 19-1, $733

               7th:          Travis Manson, Conshohocken, Pa., five bass, 18-11, $667

               8th:          Chris Caravan, Pottsville, Pa., five bass, 18-1, $1,140

               9th:          David Wilder, Middle River, Md., five bass, 17-7, $533

               10th:        Brian Trieschman, Ellicott City, Md., five bass, 17-2, $467

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Caravan caught a bass weighing 7 pounds even – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day's Boater Big Bass award of $540.

Bill Klaips of Shavertown, Pennsylvania, won the Co-angler Division and $2,000 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 22 pounds, 3 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Bill Klaips, Shavertown, Pa., five bass, 22-3, $2,000

               2nd:         Thanh Hoang, Baltimore, Md., four bass, 17-1, $1,000

               3rd:          Chris Sanno, Shermansdale, Pa., five bass, 15-15, $666

               4th:          Michael Duarte, Baltimore, Md., five bass, 15-4, $567

               5th:          Edward Barbee, Ivyland, Pa., five bass, 15-2, $550

               6th:          Daniel Fiori, Voorhees, N.J., five bass, 14-1, $367

               7th:          Roland Gittings, Perryville, Md., five bass, 13-14, $483

               8th:          David Soistman, Baltimore, Md., four bass, 13-10, $300

               9th:          James Easley, Middletown, Del., five bass, 13-9, $267

               10th:        William Allie, Wynantskill, N.Y., four bass, 13-6, $233

Joseph Amberg Jr. of Hawley, Pennsylvania, caught the heaviest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 5 pounds, 14 ounces. The catch earned him the day's Co-angler Big Bass award of $270.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 17-19 BFL Regional Championship on the Potomac River in Marbury, Maryland. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard.

Courtesy of FLW Outdoors Communications.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

Fredericksburg's Williams Wins Co-angler Title

HUDDLESTON, Va. (May 21, 2018) – Boater Rick Tilley of Moneta, Virginia, brought a five-bass limit to the scale weighing 18 pounds, 5 ounces Saturday to win the 2018 T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Shenandoah Division event at Smith Mountain Lake. Tilley earned $4,350 for his victory.

 "I was fishing up the Roanoke River – between the State Park and the bridge," said Tilley, who earned his first career win in BFL competition. "I was fishing the bank and everything that I caught was coming in less than 2 feet of water.

"There is a unique type of fishing here that a lot of the locals know about," Tilley said. "The shad spawn at night – between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. – and the bass sit on the rocks and you can throw a topwater bait and they will just annihilate it. With the cloudy conditions on Saturday morning, I knew the leftover fish from the night time would stay there and that they would come into play.

"I had most of my weight by 10:30-11 (a.m.)," Tilley went on to say. "All of my fish came on a blue and silver-colored Lucky Craft Sammy, although I did catch one smallmouth on a swimbait. The key was that you had to be dead up on the bank to catch them. After 12:30 I went deeper and tried to fish 'big fish' areas, but I never did upgrade."

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

              1st:          Rick Tilley, Moneta, Va., five bass, 18-5, $4,350

              2nd:         Scooter Lilley, Williamson, N.C., five bass, 17-12, $2,175

              3rd:         Chad Green, Moneta, Va., five bass, 16-15, $1,451

              4th:         Brandon Reynolds, Callands, Va., five bass, 16-7, $1,015

              5th:         Todd Langford, Great Falls, Va., five bass, 15-15, $870

              6th:         Dexter Andrews, King George, Va., five bass, 15-14, $798

              7th:         Matthew Funk, Suffolk, Va., five bass, 15-12, $1,540

              8th:         Martin Villa, Charlottesville, Va., five bass, 15-11, $653

              9th:         Tommy Little, Chester, Va., five bass, 15-1, $580

              10th:       Mike McDonald, Randleman, N.C., five bass, 15-0, $508

Funk caught a bass weighing 4 pounds, 14 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – to earn the Boater's Big Bass award of $615.

David Williams of Fredericksburg, Virginia, won the Co-angler Division Saturday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 16 pounds, 14 ounces. Johnson earned $2,582 for his victory.

Courtesy of FLW Communications.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

Hockley Tops Co-angler Division

MARBURY, Md. (April 23, 2018) – Boater Joe Zombek II of Scranton, Pennsylvania, caught a five-bass limit weighing 24 pounds, 10 ounces, Sunday to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Northeast Division tournament on the Potomac River. For his efforts, Zombek took home $5,229.

Zombek fished two areas in Mattawoman Creek – one a secondary channel with pilings and the other a 50-yard main-channel creek bend with rocks and wood. He said the areas were about 200 yards apart from one another.

"I targeted prespawn females waiting for the water temperature to rise so they could head up to spawn," said Zombek, who logged his first career win FLW competition. "We had strong wind and rain Thursday and Friday and it stained the water. As of Sunday, it cleared up and the water temperature rose four degrees to the upper 50s. I know the fish had been there for a while, but with the warmer water they fed more."

Zombek fished two baits – a homemade green-pumpkin-colored jig with a Zoom Ultra Vibe Speed Craw trailer in the same color and a Texas-rigged green-pumpkin Zoom tube with a 3/8-ounce weight – and was able to put 11 keepers in his boat.

"I alternated between the baits depending on the conditions of the tide," said Zombek. "When the tide moved I used the jig because the fish were more aggressive and when it slowed down I finessed them with the tube."

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Joe Zombek II, Scranton, Pa., five bass, 24-10, $5,229

               2nd:         Andrew Heivly, Malvern, Pa., five bass, 19-5, $3,629

               3rd:          Zachary Page, Middletown, Del., five bass, 18-14, $1,745

               4th:          Ryan Ingalls, Fairfax, Va., five bass, 18-13, $1,320

               5th:          Aaron Dixon, Bel Alton, Md., five bass, 18-10, $1,046

               6th:          John Vanore, Mullica Hill, N.J., five bass, 18-9, $959

               7th:          Kyle Hoffman, Harpers Ferry, W. Va., five bass, 18-0, $871

               8th:          Cody Cutter, Harveys Lake, Pa., five bass, 17-15, $784

               9th:          Tony Dorman, Taylor, Pa., five bass, 17-8, $653

               9th:          Todd Neale, Warrenton, Va., five bass, 17-8, $653

Heivly brought a 6-pound, 9-ounce bass to the scale – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day's Boater Big Bass award of $815.

Robert Hockley of Annville, Pennsylvania, won the Co-angler Division and $2,614 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 18 pounds, 6 ounces.

Wolf caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division weighing in at 7 pounds, 11 ounces. The catch earned him the day's Co-angler Big Bass award of $407.

Courtesy of FLW Communications.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

Pennsylvania's Frymoyer Grabs Co-angler Title

MARBURY, Md. (April 23, 2018) – Boater Ronald Caldeira of Middletown, Delaware, caught a five-bass limit weighing 21 pounds, 6 ounces, Saturday to win the 2018 T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Northeast Division opener on the Potomac River presented by Navionics. For his efforts, Caldeira took home $6,796.

"I caught them all on main-river points in the mouths of Mattowoman and Quantico creeks," said Caldeira, who notched his first win in FLW competition. "I had five points that I cycled through, and each had pebble rock and sand. I think the big females were transitioning to the points right outside those main creeks, getting ready to spawn. I only had seven bites, but they were the right ones. Some of the fish were tanks – they'd been eating for a while."

Caldeira said he used a Rapala DT-6 crankbait for bass in 3 to 5 feet of water and a Chartreuse and Black Back-colored Strike King KVD 1.5 HC Shallow Squarebill for bass in 1 to 3 feet.

"I'd start far off the point with the Rapala and then switch to the Strike King as I got shallow so I wouldn't get hung up as much," said Caldeira. "As soon the lure would bounce off the rock and free itself, that's when they loaded up on it."

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Ronald Caldeira, Middletown, Del., five bass, 21-6, $6,796

               2nd:         Anthony Ebel, Davidsonville, Md., five bass, 19-12, $3,843

               3rd:          Rick McFaul, Phoenix, Md., five bass, 19-11, $2,134

               4th:          Jeremy Mathias, Monrovia, Md., five bass, 19-7, $1,352

               5th:          Brian Barnes, Seaford, Del., five bass, 18-14, $1,159

               6th:          Andrew Heivly, Malvern, Pa., five bass, 18-8, $1,063

               7th:          Kenny Garippa, Tobyhanna, Pa., five bass, 18-7, $869

               7th:          Matt Stoupa, Colonial Heights, Va., five bass, 18-7, $969

               7th:          Daniel Gray, Butler, Pa., five bass, 18-7, $869

               10th:        Thomas Arens, Purcellville, Va., five bass, 18-2, $676

Ebel brought a 6-pound, 3-ounce bass to the scale – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day's Boater Big Bass award of $945.

Steven Frymoyer of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, won the Co-angler Division and $2,898 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 15 pounds, 15 ounces.

Henry McKee of Haddon Heights, New Jersey, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division weighing in at 6 pounds, 5 ounces. The catch earned him the day's Co-angler Big Bass award of $472.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 11-13 BFL Regional Championship on Chesapeake Bay in North East, Maryland. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard.

Courtesy of FLW Communications.


 
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Shawsville's Jones Wins Co-angler Title

HUDDLESTON, Va. (March 26, 2018) – Boater Kevin Chandler of New London, North Carolina, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Piedmont Division tournament on Smith Mountain Lake Saturday with five bass weighing 20 pounds, 12 ounces. For his efforts, Chandler pocketed $7,327.

Chandler caught the majority of his fish targeting rocks in the west arm of Smith Mountain Lake. He said he used green-pumpkin- and black and blue-colored custom jigs with Zoom Super Chunk Jr. trailers.

"I just dragged the jig along the bottom. All of the fish I weighed in except for one came from rocks – the fifth came from a pier pole," said Chandler, who earned his sixth win in BFL competition. "Most were in 3 to 8 feet of water and I was able to put 12 keepers in the boat."

Chandler credited his 7-foot, 2-inch Medium Heavy Level Rod and Abu Garcia REVO STX Gen 4 Casting Reel as being crucial to his success.

"In my opinion, that rod has the perfect tip. You can make soft presentations and it has the backbone you need to get the hook in and catch them," said Chandler.

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Kevin Chandler, New London, N.C., five bass, 20-12, $5,327 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus

               2nd:         David Perdue, Wirtz, Va., five bass, 19-13, $2,164

               3rd:          Ben Reynolds, Callands, Va., five bass, 18-6, $1,377

               4th:          Brian Calloway, Danville, Va., five bass, 17-13, $963

               5th:          Scott Hamrick, Denver, N.C., four bass, 16-11, $825

               6th:          Chris Lewis, Dublin, Va., five bass, 15-15, $757

               7th:          Justin Hicks, Roanoke, Va., five bass, 15-14, $688

               8th:          Bradley Staley, Pleasant Garden, N.C., five bass, 15-11, $619

               9th:          Eric Bailey, Lexington, N.C., five bass, 15-7, $550

               10th:        Chris Brummett, Lynch Station, Va., five bass, 15-6, $482

Gary D'Angelo of Woodbine, Maryland, weighed a 7-pound, 6-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day's Boater Big Bass award of $575.

Isaac Jones of Shawsville, Virginia, won the Co-angler Division and $2,059 Saturday after catching three bass weighing 14 pounds, 1 ounce.

Steve Mazingo of Bedford, Virginia, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division weighing in at 6 pounds, 1 ounce. The catch earned him the day's Co-angler Big Bass award of $282.

Courtesy of FLW Communications.


 
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May 8, 2017--MARBURY, Md. – Aaron Dixon of Bel Alton, Maryland, brought five bass totaling 21 pounds, 9 ounces to the scale Saturday to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Shenandoah Division tournament on the Potomac River. For his limit, Dixon earned $3,901.

“I primarily fished north of the takeoff ramp in a protected cove,” said Dixon, who earned his first career-victory in BFL competition. “I worked up and down the bank and was able to target bass in all three phases of the spawn.”

Dixon said the fact that bass were in all three phases was what made his 100- to 150-yard stretch of shoreline unique. He said that spawning bass were 4 feet down on pea gravel, and that pre- and postspawn bass were 6 to 10 feet deep in grass.

“I made long casts using a black and blue-colored (Yamamoto Baits) Senko and was able to hit both depths on the retrieve,” said Dixon. “The key factor was the protection in the cove and the deep water. With the extra-high tide, the bass that were there didn’t have to move – they just stayed in the grass.”

After the bite slowed around 10:30 a.m., Dixon said he encountered problems with his engine mounts and was forced to return early to the takeoff ramp.

“We really only got to fish for four hours because of the mounts,” said Dixon. “Luckily I already had enough in my livewell to win it.”

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com. 

Dixon also caught a bass weighing 5 pounds, 14 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – which earned him the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $435.

Craig Wright of Rustburg, Virginia, won the Co-angler Division and $1,833 Saturday after bringing a five-bass limit totaling 17 pounds, 10 ounces to the scale.

Elliot Pilson of Stuart, Virginia, caught the biggest bass among Co-angler Division anglers, a fish weighing 4 pounds, 6 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $217.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 19-21 BFL Regional Championship on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Georgia. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard.

The 2017 BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the BFL All-American. Top performers in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the FLW Tour.

For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the BFL on Facebook at Facebook.com/FLWFishing and on Twitter at Twitter.com/FLWFishing.

Courtesy of FLW Communications.


 
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Stuart’s Pilson tops Co-angler Division

HUDDLESTON, Va. (March 20, 2017) – Shane Burns of Durham, North Carolina, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 19 pounds, 10 ounces, Saturday to win the first T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Shenandoah Division event of 2017 on Smith Mountain Lake. Burns took home $6,042 for his victory.

“I’ve been so close to winning before, and I have wanted one of those big winner trophies for a long time,” said Burns, who earned his first career win in FLW competition after 15 previous top-10 finishes. “I have so many of the fish hook trophies that they give out to the top-10, but it was so awesome to finally get over that hump and get the win.”

Burns said that he caught his winning limit by fishing points in pockets in Craddock Creek. He was originally targeting smallmouth with a jerkbait, but found an area where big females were staging for the spawn and capitalized with a green-pumpkin Dave’s Tournament Tackle football jig with a Dave’s Tournament Tackle Sweet Tail Craw, also in green-pumpkin.

Burns said that he caught eight keepers throughout the day – seven largemouth and one smallmouth – and weighed in five largemouth.

 “I had given up on trying to find the deep fish and was planning on committing to the docks, but my Lowrance unit showed me those big largemouth were there. They weren’t stacked up, but I worked the point up and down, both sides. There were enough females there to get me a good limit.”

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com. 

Todd Harris of Clemmons, North Carolina, caught a 7-pound, 6-ounce bass, which was the heaviest of the tournament in the Boater Division. The catch earned him the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $510.

Elliot Pilson of Stuart, Virginia, weighed in four bass totaling 9 pounds, 11 ounces Saturday to win the Co-angler Division and the top prize of $1,921.

McCluskey weighed a 5-pound, 11-ounce bass which earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award and an additional $255.

Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.