Joyce Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Kerr Lake

Joyce Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Kerr Lake Keith Joyce won the 2019 FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Piedmont division tournament on Kerr Lake.

HENDERSON, N.C. (April 15, 2019) – Boater Keith Joyce of Apex, North Carolina, caught five bass Saturday weighing 19 pounds, 5 ounces, to win the 2019 FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Piedmont division tournament on Kerr Lake. Joyce earned $7,254 for his victory.


“I was just looking for isolated buck bushes in the back of spawning pockets as far as I could go,” said Joyce, who earned his first career win in BFL competition. “I think I caught 10 keepers total, fishing a shakey-head (rig) all day long. I did have one big fish that I weighed in that came on a buzzbait, but the rest of my keepers were on the shakey-head.”


Joyce said that he fished in the Nutbush area with a Hot Shot Lures Shakey-Head rig with a green-pumpkin KVD Fat Baby Finesse Worm and a white Hot Shot Lures buzzbait.


“It didn’t start off well – I had about 40 fish marked coming into the event, but we had bad thunderstorms and a lot of the creeks had mudslides running into them. So I just went back to the area that I had found the most fish in during practice, put the trolling motor down and just started fishing.”


.The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Keith Joyce, Apex, N.C., five bass, 19-5, $5,254 + $2,000 Ranger Cup

               2nd:         Danny Haire, Yadkinville, N.C., five bass, 17-12, $2,052

               3rd:          Jack Dice, Lynchburg, Va., five bass, 17-11, $1,267

               4th:          Chris Baldwin, Lexington, N.C., five bass, 17-9, $988

               5th:          Keith Roberts, Hurt, Va., five bass, 17-5, $761

               6th:          Todd Walters, Kernersville, N.C., five bass, 17-4, $1,202

               7th:          Bryan Elrod, Mechanicsville, Va., five bass, 16-15, $934

               8th:          Chris Dillow, Waynesboro, Va., five bass, 16-9, $571

               9th:          Derik Hudson, Concord, Va., five bass, 16-1, $507

               10th:        Shane Burns, Durham, N.C., five bass, 15-15, $444 

Walters caught a 5-pound, 13-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $505. Tony Toombs of Drakes Branch, Virginia, won the Co-angler Division and $2,057 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 15 pounds, 12 ounces.


The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Tony Toombs, Drakes Branch, Va., five bass, 15-12, $2,057

               2nd:         Thomas Sesco, Greensboro, N.C., five bass, 15-10, $910

               3rd:          Bruce Pettiford, Roxboro, N.C., five bass, 14-14, $607

               4th:          Vincent Payne, Mechanicsville, Va., five bass, 14-7, $625

               5th:          Dexter Andrews, King George, Va., five bass, 13-3, $414

               6th:          Brian LaClair, Denton, Md., five bass, 13-1, $334

               7th:          Gray Hackney, Burlington, N.C., five bass, 13-0, $303

               8th:          Cornell Badra, Clarksburg, Md., five bass, 12-13, $273

               9th:          Robert Jarrett, Lexington, N.C., five bass, 12-7, $243

               10th:        Rich Knisely, Disputanta, Va., four bass, 12-6, $212

Toombs also caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 6 pounds, 2 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $237.

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