Mace Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Smith Mountain LakeMace Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Smith Mountain Lake Ryan Mace of Forest Va. won the Bass Fishing League Shenandoah Division bass fishing tournament on Smith Mountain Lake
MONETA, Va. (April 7, 2008) - Boater Ryan Mace of Forest Va. won the Bass Fishing League Shenandoah Division bass fishing tournament on Smith Mountain Lake Saturday with a five-bass catch weighing 18 pounds, 11 ounces. The victory earned Mace $4,113 and placed him one step closer to qualifying for the Albemarle Sound Regional Championship in Elizabeth City, N.C., Oct. 9-11, where he could ultimately win a new 198VX Ranger boat and a Chevy truck.
Mace caught his limit on a green-pumpkin shaky head, focusing on shallow areas in the lower lake.
Rounding out the top five boaters are Mike Hoskings of Alexandria, Va. (five bass, 16-15, $2,419); Thomas Wooten of Huddleston, Va. (five bass, 15-05, $1,614); Scott Smith of Apex, N.C. (five bass, 15-02, $1,129) and Mark Clingenpeel of Boones Mill, Va. (five bass, 14-08, $968).
John Hess of Ligonier, Pa., took home the Boater Division Big Bass award, earning $730 for a 7-pound, 3-ounce bass.
Greg Ratliff of Clifton Forge, Va., earned $2,419 as the co-angler winner Saturday thanks to five bass weighing 11 pounds, 6 ounces that he caught on a small jerk bait in shallow water.
Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Elzie Dorman of Charlottesville, Va. (five bass, 11-05, $1,210); Ben Dziwulski of Woodbine, Md. (five bass, 11-00, $807); Chris Noble of Winston Salem, N.C. (four bass, 9-10, $565) and Rodney Mosley of Woodbridge, Va. (three bass, 8-05, $484).
Shannon Wheeler of Thaxton, Va., earned $365 as the co-angler Big Bass winner after catching a 5-pound, 7-ounce bass.
Shenandoah Division anglers will visit the Potomac River in Woodbridge, Va., May 17 for their third regular-season event, followed by an event on the James River in Richmond, Va., June 21. A two-day Super Tournament, the division's fifth and final event, will be held on the Potomac River in Woodbridge, Va., Sept. 13-14.