Elrod Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on James River

Elrod Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on James River Bryan Elrod won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Piedmont Division tournament on the James River

HENRICO, Va. (July 15, 2019) – Boater Bryan Elrod of Mechanicsville, Virginia, won Saturday’s Bass Fishing League (BFL) Piedmont Division tournament on the James River after catching five bass weighing 16 pounds, 10 ounces. For his efforts, Elrod took home $3,637. Elrod said he fished on the lower end of the James River.


“I probably fished 8 to 10 different places during the day – all shallow to mid-depth wood in 4 to 6 feet of water,” said Elrod, who earned his fourth win BFL competition – third on the James River. “It’s about a 30 minute run down there [from takeoff] and, for the most part, the areas were within a few miles of each other.


“I targeted crabs on wood, which is what they were feeding on,” continued Elrod. “I was just running the tide, trying to stay with the low water and flipping wood. I did that for as long as we could but by the end of the day the water was high.”


Elrod said his limit came on a Texas-rigged 3½-inch green pumpkin-colored Zoom Ultra Vibe Speed Craw. He said he caught 10 keepers throughout the tournament.


“I have a lot of local knowledge, and I know which pieces of wood can be more productive than others,” said Elrod.


The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Bryan Elrod, Mechanicsville, Va., five bass, 16-10, $3,637

               2nd:         Austin Burton, Hopewell, Va., five bass, 15-0, $1,868

               3rd:          Mike Cherry, Hampton, Va., four bass, 14-12, $1,622

               4th:          Derik Hudson, Concord, Va., five bass, 14-9, $1,029

               5th:          Rick Tilley, Moneta, Va., five bass, 13-7, $667

               6th:          Michael Belter, Reidsville, N.C., five bass, 13-2, $762

               7th:          Chris Baldwin, Lexington, N.C., five bass, 12-13, $556

               8th:          Otto Hecht, Sneads Ferry, N.C., five bass, 12-11, $501

               9th:          Derek Brown, Charlottesville, Va., five bass, 12-1, $445

               10th:        Chris Brummett, Lynch Station, Va., five bass, 11-12, $389 

Cherry caught a 7-pound, 3-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $410. Gary Peters of Surveyor, West Virginia, won the Co-angler Division and $1,873 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 13 pounds even.


The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Gary Peters, Surveyor, W. Va., five bass, 13-0, $1,873

               2nd:         Bill Naron, Beaverdam, Va., five bass, 12-13, $834

               3rd:          Ernest McIntyre, Fayetteville, N.C., five bass, 11-14, $558

               4th:          Brad Hendrix, Greensboro, N.C., five bass, 10-14, $561

               4th:          Preston Hale, Providence Forge, Va., five bass, 10-14, $361

               6th:          Timothy Kinder, Manassas, Va., five bass, 10-4, $356

               7th:          Jamie Newton, Falls Church, Va., three bass, 9-13, $278

               8th:          Andre Wynn, Windsor Mill, Md., five bass, 9-8, $236

               8th:          Bud Amend, Pleasant Garden, N.C., five bass, 9-8, $386

               10th:        David DeCiucis, Chester, Va., four bass, 9-7, $195

Peters also caught the heaviest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 5 pounds, 1 ounce. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $205.

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