Elrod Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Smith Mountain Lake

Elrod Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Smith Mountain Lake Bryan Elrod won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Piedmont Division tournament on Smith Mountain Lake

HUDDLESTON, Va. (May 13, 2019) – Boater Bryan Elrod of Mechanicsville, Virginia, won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Piedmont Division tournament on Smith Mountain Lake Saturday with five bass weighing 17 pounds, 1 ounce. For his efforts, Elrod pocketed $3,766.


“I targeted the shad spawn. I’d found multiple areas where the shad were spawning, but only one had fish in it – It was a point up the Roanoke River,” said Elrod, who notched his third career win in BFL competition. “I caught them from rip-rap in about 2 feet of water using a shad-colored [Heddon Zara] Spook. I caught four that I weighed on the Spook and one on a [shad-colored Rebel] Pop-R.


Elrod said he caught about 8 keepers during the tournament, citing the first hour of the day as the most productive.


“We went all over the lake running other stuff. The fish had spawned, and there were some areas with fry-guarders, but those fish were small. I only caught a few of those and they didn’t help me any,” said Elrod. “That area was really the only productive stop.”


Elrod went on to say that his winning limit consisted of four largemouth and one smallmouth.


The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Bryan Elrod, Mechanicsville, Va., five bass, 17-1, $3,766

               2nd:         Stephen Miller, Mechanicsville, Va., five bass, 16-15, $1,933

               3rd:          Matt Hicks, Evington, Va., five bass, 15-15, $1,155

               4th:          Keith Joyce, Apex, N.C., five bass, 15-14, $1,159

               5th:          Dennis Burdette, Pembroke, Va., five bass, 15-9, $693

               6th:          Rick Tilley, Moneta, Va., five bass, 15-4, $635

               7th:          Tommy Little, Chester, Va., five bass, 15-1, $578

               8th:          Powell Kemp, Scotland Neck, N.C., five bass, 14-13, $520

               9th:          Justin Hicks, Roanoke, Va., five bass, 14-8, $462

               10th:        Kevin Kane, Woodbridge, Va., five bass, 14-6, $404 

Taylor Godsey of Chester, Virginia, caught a 5-pound, 7-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $435. David Deciucis of Chester, Virginia, won the Co-angler Division and $1,896 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 15 pounds even.


The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          David Deciucis, Chester, Va., five bass, 15-0, $1,896

               2nd:         Scott Howard, Bedford, Va., five bass, 14-4, $1,044

               3rd:          Roland Burton, Hopewell, Va., five bass, 13-9, $614

               4th:          Pat Kendrick, Bumpass, Va., five bass, 12-7, $394

               5th:          Brian LaClair, Denton, Md., five bass, 12-6, $338

               6th:          Timothy  Kinder, Manassas, Va., five bass, 12-3, $310

               7th:          Mickey Bergeron, Amherst, Va., five bass, 11-14, $281

               8th:          Gerald Heffler, Chester, Va., five bass, 11-12, $253

               9th:          Tim Privette Jr., Wendell, N.C., five bass, 11-11, $225

               10th:        Shawn Huwar, Fredericksburg, Va., five bass, 11-9, $197

Deciucis also caught the heaviest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 4 pounds, 8 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $207.

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