Boater Jim Jarvis of Timberville, Va., caught five bass on April 9, weighing 19 pounds, 13 ounces, to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by TH Marine at Smith Mountain Lake.
The tournament was the second event for the Shenandoah Division of the Bass Fishing League. Jarvis earned $4,981 for his win.
“I started the day on one of my rock piles,” Jarvis said. “I didn’t feel it. I had found some beds earlier in the week so I ran over to them and caught all my fish on the beds with a drop-shot and a Roboworm.
Jarvis said he caught eight keepers during the tournament – seven on the Roboworm and one on a Strike King Thunder Cricket Vibrating Jig.
“I didn’t know if I could win the tournament, just because of the quality of the anglers on the lake,” Jarvis said. “But at 2 p.m. I thought I was good enough to finish in the top five. But, when I caught the last one at 3:30 and it put me almost 20 pounds, I thought then maybe I would have a chance.
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Jarvis added: “This win is great because I’m a river guy, so to win one on a lake is an accomplishment for me.”
1st: Jim Jarvis, Timberville, Va., five bass, 19-13, $4,981
2nd: Billy Kohls, Huddleston, Va., five bass, 19-6, $2,490
3rd: Bryan Elrod, Mechanicsville, Va., five bass, 18-4, $1,662
4th: Chris Brummett, Lynch Station, Virginia, five bass, 17-8, $1,762
5th: Ryan Powroznik, Hopewell, Va., five bass, 17-7, $996
6th: Dennis Burdette, Pembroke, Va., five bass, 17-0, $1,631
6th: Chris Atwell, Mechanicsville, Va., five lows, 17-0, $1,371 (includes $500 bonus for Phoenix MLF contingencies)
8th: Chad Green, Moneta, Va., four bass, 16-14, $747
9th: Boogie Atkins, Greenville, Va., five bass, 16-0, $664
10th: Rick Tilley, Vinton, Va., five bass, 15-9, $581
Full results are available at MajorLeagueFishing.com.
Burdette had a big mouth that weighed in at 6 pounds, 7 ounces, which was the heaviest of the event in the Boater division and won the $760 Berkley Big Bass Boater of the Day award.
Brandon Miskell of Vienna, Va., won the Strike King Co-angler Division and $2,458 on Saturday after catching four bass weighing 15 pounds, 11 ounces.
Strike King’s top 10 co-anglers were:
1st: Brandon Miskell, Vienna, Virginia, four basses, 15-11, $2,458
2nd: Seth Brogan, Montvale, Va., three bass, 9-15, $1,229
3rd: Matthew Rock, Bristol, Va., five bass, 9-12, $817
4th: Fred Mojica, Taneytown, Md., four bass, 9-10, $573
5th: Scott Howard, Bedford, Va., five bass, 8-10, $492
6th: Wyatt Novak, Virginia Beach, Va., three bass, 8-7, $451
7th: John Robinson, Fairfax, Va., three bass, 8-5, $389
7th: Jeramy Evans, Forest, Va., three bass, 8-5, $389
9th: Anthony Pulley, Chester, Va., three bass, 7-13, $428
10th: Jeff Rollins, Roanoke, Virginia, three bass, 7-11, $272
10th: Phillip Ragland Jr., Rustburg, Va., two bass, 7-11, $472
Leon Deatrick of Orrtanna, Pa. caught the biggest bass in the co-anglers division, a fish weighing 5 pounds and 11 ounces. The catch earned him the Berkley Big Bass Co-angler award of $375.
Brandon Miskell of Vienna, Va., won the Strike King Co-angler Division and $2,458 on April 9 after catching four bass weighing 15 pounds, 11 ounces.
After two events, Ryan Powroznik of Hopewell, Va., leads the Bass Fishing League‘s Shenandoah Division Angler of the Year race with 492 points, while Jeramy Evans of Forest, Va., leads the Strike Division’s AOY race. King Co-Angler with 491 points.
The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on points standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will compete in the Bass Fishing League Regional Championship October 20-22 on the James River in Richmond, in Virginia. Boaters will compete for a prize of $60,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200 horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while fellow anglers will fish for a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a Mercury outboard of 200 horsepower.
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– Submitted by Charity Muehlenweg