UPCOMING EVENT: TOYOTA SERIES - 2020 - Lake Cumberland

Coleman Found Dirty Water for Win

Coleman Found Dirty Water for Win
Steven Coleman of Madison Heights, Va., won the March 19 Shenandoah Division event on Smith Mountain Lake with a 20-pound, 4-ounce limit to claim a $5,500 payday.

Steven Coleman of Madison Heights, Virginia, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 20 pounds, 4 ounces, Saturday to win the first FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Shenandoah Division tournament of 2016 on Smith Mountain Lake. For his victory, Coleman took home $5,565.

“I’m still in shock,” says Coleman, who was fishing in his first event ever as a professional in BFL competition. “I went to the Blackwater River arm and ran pockets, looking for stained water. I knew that with as many boats that there were in this event that a lot of people would be looking for clear water. I figured that if I fished the stained water then I wouldn’t have to try to fight the crowds to get a good spot.

“I lost a 5-pounder right away, and I really thought that I had just lost the tournament when that one came off,” Coleman continues. “If you want to win you cannot have any mistakes, so when I lost that first fish it was pretty disheartening. I just put my head down and kept fishing, running pockets and skipping boat docks.”

Coleman only had six bites all day – the 5-pounder that he lost along with the five fish that he weighed in. Four of his five fish came on an unnamed 3/8-ounce black and blue jig with a black and blue Zoom Super Chunk trailer. One came via a white and purple-colored War Eagle spinnerbait.

“The key for me was my decision making,” Coleman went on to say. “I didn’t panic when I lost that big one and I knew what I had to do – keep my head down and grind it out.”

The top 10 boaters:

1st:          Steven Coleman, Madison Heights, Va., five bass, 20-4, $5,565

2nd:         Bradley Staley, Pleasant Garden, N.C., five bass, 19-11, $2,783

3rd:          Brian Calloway, Danville, Va., five bass, 19-1, $1,853

4th:          Kevin Pfautz, Raleigh, N.C., five bass, 19-0, $1,299

5th:          Marvin Reese, Gwynn Oak, Md., five bass, 18-11, $1,113

6th:          Joey Dawson, Rustburg, Va., five bass, 18-4, $1,020

7th:          Danny Moss Jr., Norlina, N.C., five bass, 18-0, $881

7th:          Brian Peak, Wytheville, Va., five bass, 18-0, $881

9th:          Wally Szuba, Cary, N.C., five bass, 17-12, $742

10th:        Brandon Reynolds, Callands, Va., five bass, 17-11, $649

Complete results can be found here.  

Dustin Maccumbee of Bunker Hill, West Virginia, caught a 6-pound, 1-ounce bass – the biggest of the tournament in the pro division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $900.

 

Co-angler Ian McRoy of Boones Mill, Va., won the March 19 Shenandoah Division event on Smith Mountain Lake with a 20-pound, 9-ounce limit to earn over $2,700 in winnings.

McRoy wins co-angler title

Ian McRoy of Boones Mill, Virginia, weighed in five bass totaling 20 pounds, 9 ounces Saturday to earn $2,783 and win the co-angler division.

The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:          Ian McRoy, Boones Mill, Va., five bass, 20-9, $2,783

2nd:         David Lanaville, Goldsboro, N.C., five bass, 17-6, $1,391

3rd:          Travis Garrett, Charlottesville, Va., five bass, 16-6, $1,376

4th:          Matt Stoupa, Colonial Heights, Va., five bass, 15-7, $649

5th:          Jonathan Sayers,  Wytheville, Va., five bass, 15-2, $557

6th:          Dewey Knight, Collinsville, Va., five bass, 14-12, $510

7th:          Ben Hudson, Lynchburg, Va., five bass, 14-1, $464

8th:          David Stone, Midlothian, Va., four bass, 12-15, $417

9th:          Jeff Lederman, Powhatan, Va., five bass, 12-9, $371

10th:        Cody Griffey, Newport News, Va., three bass, 12-8, $325

Garrett caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division, weighing 7 pounds, 9 ounces and earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $450.

The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 6-8 Regional Championship on Kerr Lake in Henderson, North 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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