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Baker Grabs Title on Kerr

Baker Grabs Title on Kerr
Ronnie Baker

Ronnie Baker of Providence Forge, Virginia, brought five bass to the scale Saturday weighing 14 pounds, 1 ounce, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Shenandoah Division tournament on Kerr Lake. Baker earned $4,479 for his win.

Baker spent his day in Nutbush Creek, fishing main-lake points in 12 to 16 feet of water. He says he rotated through 8 to 10 different points and caught five keepers.

“I didn’t get many bites. I knew eight of the points had bait on them, so I concentrated on those and caught a fish every hour and a half or so,” says Baker, who earned his first career win in FLW competition. “I spent two of my three practice days fishing shallow, but didn’t catch many quality-sized fish. On Friday, I stayed deep and had a couple quality bites. That told me what I needed to do to win.”

Baker says he primarily threw a custom ½-ounce green-pumpkin and purple-colored Surfside Bait & Tackle football-head jig. He also weighed one on an American Shad-colored Lucky Craft G Splash topwater bait.

“I fished the jig by hopping it a little bit, and they’d hit it when it was moving. The bites were so few and far between it was hard to get a rhythm going,” says Baker. “I did drift off and fish some floating docks and bream beds during lulls to make sure I wasn’t missing out on anything, but by the end of the day I was committed to the deep bite.

“The water was rough, but I didn’t have any dead fish penalties,” Baker went on to say. “It was like a washing machine out there, but my BassCat’s big livewell kept the fish alive and healthy.”

 

The top 10 boaters:

1st:          Ronnie Baker, Providence Forge, Va., five bass, 14-1, $4,479

2nd:         Rick Tilley, Moneta, Va., five bass, 13-10, $2,140

3rd:          Martin Villa, Charlottesville, Va., five bass, 13-3, $1,726

4th:          Steven Wiseman, Bryans Road, Md., five bass, 12-0, $1,098

5th:          Rick McFaul, Phoenix, Md., five bass, 11-6, $856

6th:          Jack Dice, Lynchburg, Va., five bass, 11-3, $785

7th:          Keith Joyce, Apex, N.C., four bass, 11-2, $713

8th:          Jonathan Kelley, Old Forge, Pa., five bass, 10-12, $642

9th:          K.C. Choosakul, Sandford, N.C., five bass, 10-11, $571

10th:        Nicholas Bodsford, Bon Air, Va., five bass, 10-7, $499

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Jason Houchins of Clarksville, Virginia, brought a bass weighing 5 pounds, 3 ounces, to the scale – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $605.

 

Kyte wins co-angler title

William Kyte of Waldorf, Maryland, won the Co-angler Division and $2,140 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 14 pounds, 5 ounces.

 

The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:          William Kyte, Waldorf, Md., five bass, five bass, 14-5, $2,140

2nd:         Michael Trivette, Blackstone, Va., five bass, 10-4, $1,070

3rd:          James Covington, Fredericksburg, Va., three bass, 9-14, $1,014

4th:          Joshua Hertzog, Lititz, Pa., five bass, 9-11, $499

5th:          Daryl Moody, Newport News, Va., four bass, 9-0, $428

6th:          Cornell Badra, Clarksburg, Md., five bass, 8-11, $492

7th:          Chris Whittaker, Waverly, Va., five bass, 8-6, $407

8th:          Lucas Doucet, Lanham, Md., five bass, 7-11, $321

9th:          David DeCiucis, Chester, Va., three bass, 7-8, $285

10th:        David Williams, Fredericksburg, Va., three bass, 7-1, $250

Covington caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division weighing in at 6 pounds even. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $302.

The T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Shenandoah Division tournament on Kerr Lake was hosted by the Vance County Department of Tourism.

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 the 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.

 

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