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Dudley Sweeps At Smith Mountain Lake

Dudley Sweeps At Smith Mountain Lake The wind blew hard across Smith Mountain Lake on the final day of the last Bassmaster Northern Open of the season, but it wasn't hard enough to blow local favorite David Dudley off his pattern. The 29-year-old Lynchburg, Va., resident took the lead on Day 1 and never looked back. His final weight for all three days was 33 pounds, 14 ounces, over 2 pounds more than second-place angler Terry Baksay.
 

MONETA, Va. - The wind blew hard across Smith Mountain Lake on the final day of the last Bassmaster Northern Open of the season, but it wasn't hard enough to blow local favorite David Dudley off his pattern. The 29-year-old Lynchburg, Va., resident took the lead on Day 1 and never looked back. His final weight for all three days was 33 pounds, 14 ounces, over 2 pounds more than second-place angler Terry Baksay.
   Dudley used a 3/8-ounce brown Dave's Tournament Tackle jig tipped with a green pumpkin/blue Zoom Super Chunk that he flipped to docks throughout the 20,000-acre lake.
   "I caught them all over the lake. I was fishing slow but fast," he said. "I'd run from one dock to the next, but once I got to each dock, I'd fish slow. I really didn't pay any attention to the weather. I just stuck with my pattern."
   The key, he added, was to find docks with a large platform that afforded the bass shade and respite from the heavy fishing pressure. When he found one, he skipped his jig far up under the cover and used 17-pound Trilene XT to get the fish out. Most of the docks that surrendered bass were on the main body of Smith Mountain Lake.
   "The depth of water didn't really matter. I just wanted a big dock with shade," said Dudley. "I have no idea how many different docks I fished. I hit a bunch."
   The weather deteriorated from calm, overcast conditions of the first day to cool, blustery winds on the final day. Although Dudley remained atop the leader board for the entire event, the remainder of the top 10 slots shifted from day to day. Baksay started out in sixth place on day 1 and inched his way up to the second-place slot on the final day with a catch of 9 pounds, 13 ounces and a three-day total of 31-12. His primary bait was a tiny 1/16-ounce brown custom-made jig tied on a Daiichi Bleeding Bait hook tipped with either a Lunker City Piggy Back trailer or a Yamamoto Twin-Tail grub.
   "I saw almost every bass I caught. They were sitting in a foot of water and they were all facing rocks," he recalled. "The key was to throw the bait up on the bank and pull it into the water. If the lure hit the water first, the fish took off. They were real skittish."
   Baksay credits his finish to the red hook, his Lure Eyes polarized sunglasses and 8-pound Maxima fluorocarbon line. He saw several other large bass, including one he estimated at 8 pounds, but he just couldn't seal the deal. One large bass would have not only given him a limit, it would have given Baksay $50,000 in cash and prizes, including a new Triton boat. Still, the Connecticut angler left Virginia with a Triton boat.
   Virginia pro Woo Daves roared back from 29th place on the first day to third overall with a final day five-bass limit that weighed 11 pounds, 9 ounces. He relied on a Zoom finesse worm and a Bagley's DB2 crawfish crankbait to catch most of his fish.
   "I used a green pumpkin worm when it was cloudy. When the sun came out I switched to a watermelon finesse worm," he said.
   New Jersey angler Pete Gluszek claimed fourth with a final weight of 28 pounds, 14 ounces, and Lynchburg angler Steve "Cheeseburger" Roberts, who was in second going into the final day, ended up fifth with a final weight of 28-10. Gluszek, who finished in the top 10 all three Northern Opens, claimed the top spot in the points race.
   Mark Clingenpeel, a concrete contractor from Boone's Mill, Va., brought only one bass to the scales on the final day, but it was enough to edge out New York angler Otto David for first place in the non-boater division. Clingenpeel won a new Triton boat for his three-day total of 18 pounds, 1 ounce. His third-day bass came on a half-ounce white Hawg Caller spinnerbait.
   The daily Big Bass Award in the boater division went to Mark Fields of Moneta, Va. His 5-pound, 1-ounce largemouth earned him $1,000. The Purolator big bass of the tournament also claimed the daily Big Bass Award in the non-boater division. Reading, Pa., angler Scott Thomas brought a 7-7 to the scales to claim two checks, one for $400 (the daily Purolator big Bass Award) and $1,000 for the Big Bass Award of the tournament.

2004 Virginia Bassmaster Open BO 10/14-10/16
Smith Mountain Lake, Moneta  Va.
(BOATER) Standings Day 3
   Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts   Total
$$$
1.  David Dudley           Lynchburg, Va.         14   33-14  315  
$48,350.00
  Day 1: 5   14-10    Day 2: 4   10-04    Day 3: 5    9-00   
2.  Terrence Baksay        Monroe, Conn.          14   31-12  295  
$39,450.00
  Day 1: 5   11-01    Day 2: 5   10-14    Day 3: 4    9-13   
3.  Woo Daves              Spring Grove, Va.      12   29-02  290  
$15,300.00
  Day 1: 3    6-14    Day 2: 4   10-11    Day 3: 5   11-09   
4.  Pete Gluszek           Franklinville, N.J.    14   28-14  285  
$12,600.00
  Day 1: 5    8-14    Day 2: 5   10-15    Day 3: 4    9-01   
5.  Steve Roberts          Lynchburg, Va.         12   28-10  280   
$7,120.00
  Day 1: 4    8-01    Day 2: 5   14-15    Day 3: 3    5-10   
6.  Danny Correia          Marlborough, Mass.     12   27-04  276   
$5,785.00
  Day 1: 4   10-05    Day 2: 3    4-06    Day 3: 5   12-09   
6.  Emery Grosvenor        Goode, Va.             11   27-04  276   
$5,785.00
  Day 1: 5   13-11    Day 2: 3    6-12    Day 3: 3    6-13   
8.  Michael Iaconelli      Runnemede, N.J.        12   25-07  268   
$4,895.00
  Day 1: 3    5-15    Day 2: 4    7-03    Day 3: 5   12-05   
9.  Rick Morris            Lanexa, Va.            10   25-00  264   
$4,005.00
  Day 1: 4   10-05    Day 2: 2    2-12    Day 3: 4   11-15   
10. David Wolak            Warrior Run, Pa.        9   24-10  260   
$3,560.00
  Day 1: 3    6-00    Day 2: 4   12-13    Day 3: 2    5-13   
11. Chris Daves            Hopewell, Va.          10   24-00  257   
$2,892.50
  Day 1: 5   13-11    Day 2: 1    1-04    Day 3: 4    9-01   
11. Matthew Terry          Moneta, Va.            10   24-00  257   
$2,892.50
  Day 1: 2    5-06    Day 2: 4    8-02    Day 3: 4   10-08   
13. Mark Fields            Moneta, Va.             9   23-15  251   
$3,225.00
  Day 1: 1    1-10    Day 2: 5   13-05    Day 3: 3    9-00   
14. Benjamin Gusciora      Williamsport, Md.       9   22-02  248   
$2,136.00
  Day 1: 2    5-08    Day 2: 2    4-08    Day 3: 5   12-02   
15. Chris Dillow           Waynesboro, Va.         8   21-14  245   
$2,047.00
  Day 1: 3    8-06    Day 2: 2    7-07    Day 3: 3    6-01   
16. J W Smelser            Rural Retreat, Va.     10   21-12  243   
$1,958.00
  Day 1: 4    6-03    Day 2: 1    2-05    Day 3: 5   13-04   
17. Kenyon Hill            Norman, Okla.          10   21-06  241   
$1,958.00
  Day 1: 5    8-10    Day 2: 1    2-08    Day 3: 4   10-04   
18. Geoffrey Hill          Salem, Va.             10   21-00  239   
$1,958.00
  Day 1: 2    4-02    Day 2: 4    9-00    Day 3: 4    7-14   
19. George Saliba          Lakefield, Canada       8   20-11  237   
$2,958.00
  Day 1: 2    7-08    Day 2: 3    7-05    Day 3: 3    5-14   
20. Jimmy Coleman          Monroe, Va.            10   20-05  235   
$1,958.00
  Day 1: 4   10-14    Day 2: 2    2-12    Day 3: 4    6-11   
21. Norio Tanabe           Tokyo 153, Japan        9   20-00  233   
$1,869.00
  Day 1: 5    8-10    Day 2: 3    9-02    Day 3: 1    2-04   
22. Brian Bylotas          Olyphant, Pa.           9   19-05  231   
$1,869.00
  Day 1: 5   10-12    Day 2: 1    2-11    Day 3: 3    5-14   
23. Mark Burgess           Norton, Mass.           7   18-11  229   
$1,869.00
  Day 1: 5   13-15    Day 2: 2    4-12    Day 3: 0    0-00   
24. Bret King              Lenoir City, Tenn.      9   18-03  227   
$1,869.00
  Day 1: 5   10-12    Day 2: 1    1-10    Day 3: 3    5-13   
25. Jon Bondy              Windsor, Canada         7   17-15  225   
$3,869.00
  Day 1: 4    7-04    Day 2: 3   10-11    Day 3: 0    0-00   
26. Randall Romig          Barto, Pa.              7   17-09  223   
$1,513.00
  Day 1: 5   12-14    Day 2: 1    1-13    Day 3: 1    2-14   
27. James Elston           Roanoke, Va.            8   17-08  221   
$1,513.00
  Day 1: 4   10-03    Day 2: 3    5-02    Day 3: 1    2-03   
28. Joe Thomas             Milford, Ohio           9   17-05  219   
$1,513.00
  Day 1: 4    8-03    Day 2: 2    3-10    Day 3: 3    5-08   
29. Dale Wilson            Huddleston, Va.         8   17-04  217   
$1,513.00
  Day 1: 1    1-05    Day 2: 5   11-07    Day 3: 2    4-08   
30. Tim Goff               Forest, Va.             8   17-01  215   
$1,513.00
  Day 1: 1    2-06    Day 2: 4    9-00    Day 3: 3    5-11   
31. Louis Iribarren        Port Jervis, N.Y.       8   16-13  213   
$1,335.00
  Day 1: 1    2-02    Day 2: 5    9-12    Day 3: 2    4-15   
32. Wayne Burchett         Draper, Va.             9   16-12  211   
$1,335.00
  Day 1: 5    9-02    Day 2: 1    1-12    Day 3: 3    5-14   
33. Art Ferguson III       Saint Clair Shores, Mi  8   16-01  209   
$1,335.00
  Day 1: 1    1-04    Day 2: 4    8-07    Day 3: 3    6-06   
33. Peter E Thliveros      Jacksonville, Fla.      6   16-01  209   
$1,335.00
  Day 1: 3    6-14    Day 2: 2    7-10    Day 3: 1    1-09   
35. David Mansue           Robbinsville, N.J.      6   14-13  205   
$1,335.00
  Day 1: 4    8-14    Day 2: 2    5-15    Day 3: 0    0-00   
36. Steve Rogers           Coal City, Ill.         5   14-02  203   
$1,157.00
  Day 1: 0    0-00    Day 2: 3   10-03    Day 3: 2    3-15   
37. James Bradshaw         Lynchburg, Va.          6   13-04  201   
$1,157.00
  Day 1: 2    3-14    Day 2: 3    7-02    Day 3: 1    2-04   
38. Kurt Johnson           Cedar Rapids, Iowa      6   13-01  199   
$1,157.00
  Day 1: 5    9-15    Day 2: 0    0-00    Day 3: 1    3-02   
39. Chris Jennings         Altavista, Va.          6   12-07  197   
$1,157.00
  Day 1: 3    7-14    Day 2: 1    1-06    Day 3: 2    3-03   
40. Chris Bielert          Danbury, Conn.          6   12-00  195   
$1,157.00
  Day 1: 3    6-07    Day 2: 2    3-00    Day 3: 1    2-09   
41. Jimmy Cannoy           Martinsville, Va.       6   11-13  193   
$1,068.00
  Day 1: 1    1-12    Day 2: 3    6-08    Day 3: 2    3-09   
42. Kotaro Kiriyama        Moody, Ala.             5   11-04  191   
$1,068.00
  Day 1: 2    4-02    Day 2: 3    7-02    Day 3: 0    0-00   
43. Sean Stepp             Stafford, Va.           6   11-02  189   
$1,068.00
  Day 1: 2    3-15    Day 2: 4    7-03    Day 3: 0    0-00   
43. Ed Robtison            Roanoke, Va.            5   11-02  189   
$1,068.00
  Day 1: 1    3-08    Day 2: 3    5-14    Day 3: 1    1-12   
45. Jerry Skinner          Lynchburg, Va.          6   11-00  185   
$1,068.00
  Day 1: 3    5-09    Day 2: 2    3-07    Day 3: 1    2-00   
46. Grant Goldbeck         Gaithersburg, Md.       5   10-11  183     
$979.00
  Day 1: 2    5-04    Day 2: 2    3-14    Day 3: 1    1-09   
47. Paul Mazzitelli        Pittston, Pa.           4   10-03  181     
$979.00
  Day 1: 2    3-10    Day 2: 2    6-09    Day 3: 0    0-00   
48. Brian Kirkpatrick      Colonial Heights, Va.   4    9-12  179     
$979.00
  Day 1: 2    4-15    Day 2: 1    3-06    Day 3: 1    1-07   
49. Gregory Roth           Cambridge, Canada       4    9-06  177     
$979.00
  Day 1: 2    5-03    Day 2: 2    4-03    Day 3: 0    0-00   
50. Richard Smith          Dumfries, Va.           5    8-15  175     
$979.00
  Day 1: 2    4-02    Day 2: 3    4-13    Day 3: 0    0-00   
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Purolator Big Bass
Day
 1   George Saliba           Lakefield, Canada          5-10  $1,000.00
 2   Jon Bondy               Windsor, Canada            6-08  $1,000.00
 3   Mark Fields             Moneta, Va.                5-01  $1,000.00
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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
 1       13       275       586-03
 2        6       210       467-11
 3        6       118       264-00
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         25       603      1317-142004 Virginia CITGO Bassmaster Open NB 10/14-10/16
Smith Mountain Lake, Moneta  Va.
(NON-BOATER) Standings Day 3
   Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts   Total
$$$
1.  Mark Clingenpeel       Boones Mill, Va.        8   18-01  310  
$24,000.00
  Day 1: 4    8-10    Day 2: 3    6-09    Day 3: 1    2-14   
2.  Otto David             Jefferson Valley, N.Y.  6   17-02  295   
$7,120.00
  Day 1: 3    8-09    Day 2: 1    1-12    Day 3: 2    6-13   
3.  Brandon Reynolds       Callands, Va.           6   13-06  290   
$4,450.00
  Day 1: 2    3-09    Day 2: 3    5-10    Day 3: 1    4-03   
4.  Andrew Karcich         Mahwah, N.J.            6   12-07  285   
$4,005.00
  Day 1: 3    5-06    Day 2: 2    4-12    Day 3: 1    2-05   
5.  Scott Thomas           Reading, Pa.            3   12-04  280   
$4,960.00
  Day 1: 1    2-02    Day 2: 1    2-11    Day 3: 1    7-07   
6.  Peter Bates            Wallingford, Conn.      5   11-12  281   
$2,670.00
  Day 1: 4   10-06    Day 2: 1    1-06    Day 3: 0    0-00   
7.  Bruce Freeman          Street, Md.             5   11-03  272   
$2,225.00
  Day 1: 1    1-04    Day 2: 2    5-06    Day 3: 2    4-09   
8.  Jeff Camp              Wht Sphr Spgs, W.Va.    5   10-13  268   
$1,780.00
  Day 1: 1    2-01    Day 2: 3    7-14    Day 3: 1    0-14   
9.  Mary Croft             Bedford, Va.            6   10-10  264   
$1,602.00
  Day 1: 3    5-09    Day 2: 2    3-10    Day 3: 1    1-07   
10. Mark Finley            Palmyra, Va.            6   10-08  260   
$1,424.00
  Day 1: 3    5-12    Day 2: 1    1-13    Day 3: 2    2-15   
11. Donald Sheffey         Concord, Va.            4    9-15  257   
$1,201.50
  Day 1: 2    4-09    Day 2: 0    0-00    Day 3: 2    5-06   
11. Charles Robison        Allison Park, Pa.       3    9-15  257   
$1,601.50
  Day 1: 1    6-05    Day 2: 2    3-10    Day 3: 0    0-00   
13. Eddie Akers            Dublin, Va.             3    9-10  251   
$1,023.50
  Day 1: 0    0-00    Day 2: 1    3-02    Day 3: 2    6-08   
13. Robert Hoyt            Wirtz, Va.              2    9-10  251   
$1,423.50
  Day 1: 0    0-00    Day 2: 1    5-12    Day 3: 1    3-14   
15. Harold Dunlap          Orefield, Pa.           4    8-12  245     
$890.00
  Day 1: 3    6-03    Day 2: 0    0-00    Day 3: 1    2-09   
16. Jerry Rice             Altavista, Va.          3    8-02  243     
$712.00
  Day 1: 1    2-05    Day 2: 1    1-08    Day 3: 1    4-05   
17. Bob Powell             Troy, Va.               4    7-08  241     
$712.00
  Day 1: 0    0-00    Day 2: 4    7-08    Day 3: 0    0-00   
18. Greg Hylton            Martinsville, Va.       2    7-06  239     
$712.00
  Day 1: 2    7-06    Day 2: 0    0-00    Day 3: 0    0-00   
19. Brandon Neal           Rockfall, Conn.         4    7-04  237     
$712.00
  Day 1: 2    3-04    Day 2: 0    0-00    Day 3: 2    4-00   
20. Jora Airapetyan        North Babylon, N.Y.     3    7-02  235     
$712.00
  Day 1: 3    7-02    Day 2: 0    0-00    Day 3: 0    0-00   
21. Don Pritchard          Oswego, N.Y.            2    7-00  233     
$623.00
  Day 1: 0    0-00    Day 2: 2    7-00    Day 3: 0    0-00   
22. James Wylie            Cannington, Canada      3    6-13  231     
$623.00
  Day 1: 1    3-09    Day 2: 1    1-14    Day 3: 1    1-06   
23. Todd Wagner            Ottawa, Ohio            3    6-09  229     
$623.00
  Day 1: 2    4-12    Day 2: 0    0-00    Day 3: 1    1-13   
23. William Beekman        East Quogue, N.Y.       2    6-09  229     
$623.00
  Day 1: 1    3-09    Day 2: 0    0-00    Day 3: 1    3-00   
25. Richard Keyser         Pine City, N.Y.         4    6-05  225     
$578.50
  Day 1: 0   -1-00    Day 2: 3    5-10    Day 3: 1    1-11   
25. Takeshi Iizuka         Saitama 360-0813, Japa  2    6-05  225     
$578.50
  Day 1: 1    3-05    Day 2: 0    0-00    Day 3: 1    3-00   
27. William Sanders        Baltimore, Md.          3    6-02  221     
$534.00
  Day 1: 2    4-08    Day 2: 1    1-10    Day 3: 0    0-00   
28. Alonzo Evans           East Hartford, Conn.    3    6-00  219     
$534.00
  Day 1: 1    2-05    Day 2: 1    1-08    Day 3: 1    2-03   
29. Jeffrey Fouch          Martinsburg, W.Va.      3    5-15  217     
$534.00
  Day 1: 1    2-10    Day 2: 1    1-08    Day 3: 1    1-13   
29. Donald Muir            Nottingham, Md.         2    5-15  217     
$534.00
  Day 1: 1    4-01    Day 2: 1    1-14    Day 3: 0    0-00   
31. Michael Noel           Evington, Va.           3    5-08  213     
$490.00
  Day 1: 0    0-00    Day 2: 2    3-08    Day 3: 1    2-00   
32. Bob Jorgensen          Mahopac, N.Y.           3    5-04  211     
$490.00
  Day 1: 2    3-00    Day 2: 1    2-04    Day 3: 0    0-00   
32. Bob Gilbert            Old Bridge, N.J.        2    5-04  211     
$490.00
  Day 1: 0    0-00    Day 2: 2    5-04    Day 3: 0    0-00   
32. William Langille       Tafton, Pa.             2    5-04  211     
$490.00
  Day 1: 1    3-04    Day 2: 1    2-00    Day 3: 0    0-00   
35. Randy Knopp            Jarrettsville, Md.      3    5-02  205     
$490.00
  Day 1: 1    2-01    Day 2: 2    3-01    Day 3: 0    0-00   
36. Michael Naughton       Iselin, N.J.            3    5-00  203     
$445.00
  Day 1: 1    1-05    Day 2: 1    2-01    Day 3: 1    1-10   
37. Jonathan Hankins       North Tazewell, Va.     2    4-09  201     
$445.00
  Day 1: 1    1-12    Day 2: 1    2-13    Day 3: 0    0-00   
38. David Bowyer           Bedford, Va.            2    4-05  199     
$445.00
  Day 1: 1    1-15    Day 2: 1    2-06    Day 3: 0    0-00   
39. David Hovanec          Unionville, N.Y.        2    4-04  197     
$445.00
  Day 1: 2    4-04    Day 2: 0    0-00    Day 3: 0    0-00   
40. William Parry          Palmerton, Pa.          2    4-02  195     
$445.00
  Day 1: 1    1-12    Day 2: 1    2-06    Day 3: 0    0-00   
41. Ben Reynolds           Callands, Va.           2    4-01  193     
$401.00
  Day 1: 1    1-13    Day 2: 1    2-04    Day 3: 0    0-00   
42. Sid McCune             Buchanan, Va.           1    4-00  191     
$401.00
  Day 1: 0    0-00    Day 2: 1    4-00    Day 3: 0    0-00   
43. Ken Moore              Goode, Va.              2    3-14  189     
$401.00
  Day 1: 1    1-00    Day 2: 1    2-14    Day 3: 0    0-00   
44. Dean Gracey            Westbrook, Conn.        2    3-09  187     
$401.00
  Day 1: 1    2-01    Day 2: 1    1-08    Day 3: 0    0-00   
45. Ted Ramsey             Kinsman, Ohio           2    3-07  185     
$401.00
  Day 1: 1    1-10    Day 2: 1    1-13    Day 3: 0    0-00   
46. Timothy Martin         Lancaster, Pa.          2    3-06  183     
$356.00
  Day 1: 0    0-00    Day 2: 2    3-06    Day 3: 0    0-00   
47. Bob Redar              Stevensville, Md.       2    3-05  181     
$356.00
  Day 1: 2    3-05    Day 2: 0    0-00    Day 3: 0    0-00   
48. Dale Rathbun           Leicester, N.Y.         2    3-04  179     
$356.00
  Day 1: 1    1-09    Day 2: 1    1-11    Day 3: 0    0-00   
49. Calvin Bates           Evington, Va.           2    3-02  177     
$356.00
  Day 1: 1    1-08    Day 2: 1    1-10    Day 3: 0    0-00   
50. Kurt Wolfe             Huddleston, Va.         2    3-01  175     
$356.00
  Day 1: 2    3-01    Day 2: 0    0-00    Day 3: 0    0-00   
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Purolator Big Bass
Day
 1   Charles Robison         Allison Park, Pa.          6-05    $400.00
 2   Robert Hoyt             Wirtz, Va.                 5-12    $400.00
 3   Scott Thomas            Reading, Pa.               7-07    $400.00
     Scott Thomas            Reading, Pa.               7-07  $1,000.00
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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
 1        0       101       207-15
 2        0        77       160-08
 3        0        30        78-09
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          0       208       447-00
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