Estes Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on James River

Estes Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on James River Keith Estes won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Shenandoah Division tournament on the James River

HENRICO, Va. (Oct. 2, 2017) – Boater Keith Estes of Spring Grove, Virginia, weighed a two-day cumulative total of 10 bass weighing 28 pounds even to win the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Shenandoah Division tournament on the James River. For his efforts, Estes received $4,101. Estes said he concentrated on an array of creeks at the mouth of the Chickahominy River, near Jamestown. He targeted bass near trees and submerged wood in the 3- to 5-foot range.


“The main thing with tidal fisheries is that you have to pick whether you’re going to run the incoming or outgoing tide,” said Estes, who clinched his first career win in FLW competition. “Normally I like to fish the outgoing tide, but it was a very small window later in the day so I decided to run the incoming tide.”


Estes said a Blue Fleck-colored Berkley Power Worm caught the most fish, while crankbaits produced the big bites.


“I was fortunate to find fish in practice that I could save for Sunday,” said Estes.


The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Keith Estes, Spring Grove, Va., 10 bass, 28-0, $4,101

               2nd:         Brian LaClair, Denton, Md., 10 bass, 26-14, $1,951

               3rd:          Ben Reynolds, Callands, Va., 10 bass, 26-13, $1,301

               4th:          Wayne Dorman, Louisa, Va., 10 bass, 26-4, $910

               5th:          Mike Morris, Dover, Del., 10 bass, 25-12, $780

               6th:          Steven Wiseman, Bryans Road, Md., 10 bass, 25-6, $815

               7th:          Zachary Whitt, Newport News, Va., 10 bass, 24-7, $650

               8th:          Donald Estes, Richmond, Va., 10 bass, 21-7, $585

               9th:          Shaun Hunter, Mount Airy, N.C., nine bass, 18-2, $520

               10th:        Derek Brown, Charlottesville, Va., eight bass, 17-1, $455


Dennis Middleton of Madison Heights, Virginia, caught a bass weighing 6 pounds even – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the Boater Big Bass award of $420. Jonathan Sayers of Wytheville, Virginia, caught a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 19 pounds, 10 ounces, to win the Co-angler Division and $2,151.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Jonathan Sayers, Wytheville, Va., 10 bass, 19-10, $2,151

               2nd:         Ronald Fulwider, Moneta, Va., eight bass, 17-10, $975

               3rd:          Chad Poteat, Mount Airy, N.C., nine bass, 15-15, $699

               4th:          David Kennedy, Woodbridge, Va., nine bass, 15-14, $455

               5th:          Kenny Main, Colonial Heights, Va., eight bass, 13-15, $390

               6th:          Lenny Baird, Stafford, Va., seven bass, 13-9, $358

               7th:          Travis Garrett, Charlottesville, Va., seven bass, 11-3, $325

               8th:          William Lane, Midlothian, Va., five bass, 10-6, $293

               9th:          Chris Whittaker, Waverly, Va., six bass, 10-1, $260

               10th:        Nelson Bailey, Virginia Beach, Va., five bass, 9-6, $228

Dick Allen of Sumerduck, Virginia, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division – a fish weighing 4 pounds, 9 ounces – and earned the Co-angler Big Bass award of $210.

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