Atkins Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Smith Mountain LakeAtkins Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Smith Mountain Lake Boogie Atkins of Greenville, Va., won the Bass Fishing League Shenandoah Division bass fishing tournament on Smith Mountain Lake
MONETA, Va. (April 20, 2009) - Boogie Atkins of Greenville, Va., won the Bass Fishing League Shenandoah Division bass fishing tournament on Smith Mountain Lake Saturday with a five-bass catch weighing 14 pounds, 9 ounces. The victory earned Atkins $4,541 and placed him one step closer to qualifying for the Potomac River Regional Championship in Marbury, Md., Oct. 8-10, where he could ultimately win a new Ranger boat and a Chevy truck.
"By the time I got the boat on the trailer, I hadn't heard anybody's weight until the end," said Atkins. "It usually takes 17 to 19 pounds to win. I thought I'd be in the top 25. It was really a shock."
Atkins caught his limit fishing for spawning fish on bed around shallow points and boat docks in 15 feet of water throwing a spinnerbait.
Rounding out the top five boaters are Trevis Towe of Daleville, Va. (5 bass, 14-7, $2,270); Dennis Siggers of Danville, Va. (5 bass, 13-12, $1,514); Bo Grosvenor of Forest, Va. (5 bass, 13-9, $1,060) and Geoffrey Hill of Salem, Va. (5 bass, 13-3, $908).
Bo Grosvenor took home the Boater Division Big Bass award, earning $660 for a 5-pound, 9-ounce bass he caught.
Gary Atwell of Mechanicsville, Va., earned $2,270 as the co-angler winner Saturday thanks to 5 bass weighing 11 pounds, 13 ounces.
Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Russ Hamilton Jr. of Manassas, Va. (5 bass, 11-12, $1,135); Wayne Mace of Lynchburg, Va. (5 bass, 10-12, $757); Joey Talbott of Forest, Va. (5 bass, 9-7, $530); and Leewood Davis of McGaheysville, Va. (5 bass, 9-3, $454).
Scott Shifflett of Broadway, Va., earned $330 as the co-angler Big Bass winner after catching a 4-pound, 14-ounce bass.
The next Shenandoah Division event will be held on Smith Mountain Lake in Moneta, Va., May 16.