Tilley Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament at Smith Mountain Lake

Tilley Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament at Smith Mountain Lake Rick Tilley won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Shenandoah Division tournament at Smith Mountain Lake.

HUDDLESTON, Va. (May 21, 2018) – Boater Rick Tilley of Moneta, Virginia, brought a five-bass limit to the scale weighing 18 pounds, 5 ounces Saturday to win the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Shenandoah Division tournament at Smith Mountain Lake. Tilley earned $4,350 for his victory.


“I was fishing up the Roanoke River – between the State Park and the bridge,” said Tilley, who earned his first career win in BFL competition. “I was fishing the bank and everything that I caught was coming in less than 2 feet of water.


“There is a unique type of fishing here that a lot of the locals know about,” Tilley said. “The shad spawn at night – between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. – and the bass sit on the rocks and you can throw a topwater bait and they will just annihilate it. With the cloudy conditions on Saturday morning, I knew the leftover fish from the night time would stay there and that they would come into play.


“I had most of my weight by 10:30-11 (a.m.),” Tilley went on to say. “All of my fish came on a blue and silver-colored Lucky Craft Sammy, although I did catch one smallmouth on a swimbait. The key was that you had to be dead up on the bank to catch them. After 12:30 I went deeper and tried to fish ‘big fish’ areas, but I never did upgrade.”


The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

              1st:          Rick Tilley, Moneta, Va., five bass, 18-5, $4,350

              2nd:         Scooter Lilley, Williamson, N.C., five bass, 17-12, $2,175

              3rd:         Chad Green, Moneta, Va., five bass, 16-15, $1,451

              4th:         Brandon Reynolds, Callands, Va., five bass, 16-7, $1,015

              5th:         Todd Langford, Great Falls, Va., five bass, 15-15, $870

              6th:         Dexter Andrews, King George, Va., five bass, 15-14, $798

              7th:         Matthew Funk, Suffolk, Va., five bass, 15-12, $1,540

              8th:         Martin Villa, Charlottesville, Va., five bass, 15-11, $653

              9th:         Tommy Little, Chester, Va., five bass, 15-1, $580

              10th:       Mike McDonald, Randleman, N.C., five bass, 15-0, $508


Funk caught a bass weighing 4 pounds, 14 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – to earn the Boater’s Big Bass award of $615. David Williams of Fredericksburg, Virginia, won the Co-angler Division Saturday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 16 pounds, 14 ounces. Johnson earned $2,582 for his victory.

The top 10 co-anglers finished:

              1st:          David Williams, Fredericksburg, Va., five bass, 16-14, $2,582

              2nd:         Matt Powers, Glade Hill, Va., five bass, 15-14, $1,088

              3rd:         Jamie Newton, Falls Church, Va., five bass, 15-13, $726

              4th:         Tyler Folts, Ashburn, Va., five bass, 15-7, $557

              5th:         Phil Witmer, Huddleston, Va., five bass, 13-13, $435

              6th:         William Lane, Midlothian, Va., five bass, 13-11, $399

              7th:         Lenny Baird, Stafford, Va., five bass, 13-8, $363

              8th:         Nelson Bailey, Virginia Beach, Va., five bass, 13-4, $326

              9th:         Michael Duarte, Baltimore, Md., five bass, 12-13, $290

              10th:       Andre Wynn, Windsor Hill, Md., five bass, 12-10, $254

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