UPCOMING EVENT: PHOENIX BASS FISHING LEAGUE - 2021 - Sam Rayburn Reservoir

Wood, Rock Key for Middleton's Victory

Wood, Rock Key for Middleton's Victory
Dennis Middleton of Madison Heights, Va., won the March 21 Shenandoah Division event on Smith Mountain with a 19-pound, 11-ounce limit. He took home more than $7,000 for his efforts.

HUDDLESTON, Va. – Dennis Middleton of Madison Heights, Virginia, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 19 pounds, 11 ounces Saturday to win the first Walmart Bass Fishing League Shenandoah Division tournament of 2015 on Smith Mountain Lake. For his victory, Middleton earned $7,199.

“To start the season with a win is awesome,” said Middleton. “It was a great day of fishing and I’m already looking forward to the next tournament.”

Middleton said that he targeted the prespawn fish in the mid lake area of Smith Mountain. He targeted the natural cover – wood, rock and a combination of the two.

“I threw crankbaits looking to imitate the shad that the bass were feeding on,” said Middleton. “They were really responding to shad and other natural-colored baits.”

As the water temperature rose, Middleton decided to change strategies and flip jigs. He used a green-pumpkin jig with Missile Baits D Bomb and Twin Turbo trailers. Middleton said he caught all of his fish in less than 10 feet of water.

“I was fishing 46 to 48 degree water temperatures,” said Middleton. “Over the course of the day it rose two degrees, so I knew the fish would be shallower.

“I only caught six keepers, but they were spread throughout the day which kept things exciting.”

The top 10 boaters:

1st:          Dennis Middleton, Madison Heights, Va., five bass, 19-11, $4,199 + $2,000 Ranger Cup bonus + $1,000 Mercury Bonus

2nd:         Ben Reynolds, Callands, Va., five bass, 16-11, $2,100

3rd:          Bryan Elrod, Mechanicsville, Va., five bass, 15-11, $1,398

4th:          Brian Peak, Wytheville, Va., five bass, 15-6, $980

5th:          Brandon Reynolds, Callands, Va., five bass, 15-5. $840

6th:          Ronnie Baker, Providence Forge, Va., five bass, 14-15, $770

7th:          Geoffrey Hill, Rocky Mount, Va., five bass, 14-14, $700

8th:          Johnny Martin, Moneta, Va., five bass, 14-7, $630

9th:          Rick McFaul, Phoenix, Md., five bass, 13-10, $560

10th:        Mike Altizer, Vinton, Va., five bass, 12-13, $490

Complete results can be found here.

Chip Adams of Fredericksburg, Virginia, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $585.

Ferguson wins co-angler title

Co-angler Warren Ferguson of Peterstown, W.Va., won the March 21 Shenandoah Division event on Smith Mountain with four bass weighing 16 pounds, 2 ounces. He earned a check worth over $2,000 for his efforts.Warren Ferguson of Peterstown, West Virginia weighed in a four bass totaling 16 pounds, 2 ounces Saturday to win $2,100 in the co-angler division.

The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:          Warren Ferguson, Peterstown, W.Va., four bass, 16-2, $2,100

2nd:         Todd Hurst, Pulaski, Va., five bass, 15-3, $1,050

3rd:          Justin Hicks, Roanoke, Va., five bass, 11-15, $701

4th:          Travis Riley, Evington, Va., three bass, 10-12, $490

5th:          Edward Louthen, Princeton, W.Va., four bass, 9-15, $420

6th:          Aaron Bartlett, Mechanicsville, Va., two bass, 8-15, $385

7th:          Jeff Lederman, Powhatan, Va., four bass, 8-11, $350

8th:          Mike Eldridge, Blacklick, Pa., four bass, 7-14, $315

9th:          William Kyte, Waldorf, Md., two bass, 6-7, $280

10th:        Mark Finley, Palmyra, Va., two bass , 6-4, $245

Bartlett caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $292.

The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 15-17 Regional Championship on Lake Wateree in Camden, South Carolina. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.

 

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