UPCOMING EVENT: TACKLE WAREHOUSE PRO CIRCUIT - 2020 - Lake Erie

Jacobi Back on Top at James River

Jacobi Back on Top at James River
Ben Jacobi

Ben Jacobi of Richmond, Virginia, brought five bass to the scale Saturday weighing 19 pounds even to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Shenandoah Division tournament on the James River. For his win, Jacobi earned $4,009.

“It was basically the same thing I did last year,” says Jacobi, who also won the Shenandoah Division BFL tournament on the James River in 2017. “I stayed on the main river flipping hard cover and fishing creek mouths. I didn’t count out anything. Every spot I hit the fish were scattered around the cover, which was odd. They weren’t as shallow as I was anticipating. I had to fish my stuff from top to bottom to make sure I didn’t miss anything.

“I used an Arkie-head-style Hog Snatcher jig and creature baits,” continues Jacobi. “I always have some different stuff rigged up because the river seems to be in junk-fishing mode almost all year round. If they do bite a bait, it seems like I can go to other spots and they’ll bite it. They just have to tell you what they want that day.”

Jacobi, who also fished last weekend’s Piedmont Division tournament on the James River, went on to say that the fish were a bit lazier this time around.

“Last weekend I had several fish grab the bait at the boat,” says Jacobi. “I guess, with the lower pressure and the little bit of a cold front we had, they held tight to cover. I was kind of shocked at how much things changed from last week to this week.”

 

The top 10 boaters:

1st:          Ben Jacobi, Richmond, Va., five bass, 19-0, $4,009

2nd:         Keith Estes, Spring Grove, Va., five bass, 18-14, $2,205

3rd:          Nick Disabatino, Oakton, Va., five bass, 17-5, $1,986

4th:          John Duarte, Middle River, Md., five bass, 16-11, $935

5th:          Bryan Elrod, Mechanicsvlle, Va., five bass, 15-5, $1,102

6th:          Ryan Powroznik, Hopewell, Va., five bass, 14-12, $735

7th:          Rick McFaul, Phoenix, Md., five bass, 14-9, $668

8th:          Moo Bae, West Friendship, Md., five bass, 14-3, $601

9th:          Robert Hinds Jr., South Prince George, Va., five bass, 13-13, $535

10th:        Jason Holder, Powhatan, Va., five bass, 13-0, $468

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Disabatino brought an 8-pound, 1-ounce, bass to the scale – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $550.

 

Reid wins co-angler title

Damon Reid of Bowie, Maryland, won the Co-angler Division and $2,280 Saturday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 14 pounds, 1 ounce.

 

The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:          Damon Reid, Bowie, Md., five bass, 14-1, $2,280

2nd:         David Deciucis, Chester, Va., five bass, 12-9, $1,002

3rd:          Lenny Baird, Stafford, Va., five bass, 12-3, $868

4th:          Christopher Atkins II, Goode, Va., five bass, 11-8, $468

5th:          Cort Gardner, Jessup, Md., five bass, 11-7, $401

6th:          Tevinn Rollins, Newport News, Va., five bass, 10-1, $418

7th:          Micheal Sharp, Rixeyville, Va., five bass, 9-7, $334

8th:          Lawrence Whitt, Newport News, Va., five bass, 8-11, $284

8th:          Jamie Newton, Falls Church, Va., five bass, 8-11, $284

10th:        Tony Toombs, Drakes Branch, Va., five bass, 8-7, $222

10th:        Bill Naron, Beaverdam, Va., four bass, 8-7, $222

Reid also caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division weighing in at 7 pounds, 13 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $275.

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.

 

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