Top Northeastern anglers to fish the James
ATHENS, Ala. - American Bass Anglers, Inc. will hold the two-day 2013 Toyota Bassmaster Weekend Series Northeast Regional Championship on Oct. 11-12 on the James River near Williamsburg, Va.
This event features a 200-boat field including the top 40 boaters and co-anglers representing the Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia divisions. After this regional event, the best anglers from this tournament will compete against the top anglers from three other regional events during the BWS National Championship tournament, set for Nov. 6-9, 2013, on Old Hickory Lake near Hendersonville, Tenn. The Boater Division champion will compete in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic, slated for Feb. 21-23 on Lake Guntersville, Ala.
Hosted by Sports Williamsburg, the tournament will run out of Chickahominy Riverfront Park, located at 1350 John Tyler Memorial Highway in Williamsburg at safe light each morning. The free public weigh-ins will take place at the landing at 3 p.m. on Oct. 11 and Oct 12. Registration for the event takes place Oct. 10 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the park. To register for this tournament, see www.americanbassanglers.com/proddetail.php?prod=729.
One of the most historic rivers in the United States, the James River flows 348 miles from the eastern edge of the Appalachian Mountains to Chesapeake Bay. In 1607, settlers established the first permanent English settlement in North America on its banks and named the river after King James I.
The 12th longest river in the United States that remains entirely within one state drains a watershed of about 10,432 square miles. Major tributaries include the Appomattox, Chickahominy, Warwick, Pagan and the Nansemond rivers.
The James River produces good catches of bass in the 2- to 5-pound range with a few in the 6- to 8-pound range. Tides greatly affect bass fishing on the James. During a falling tide, fish the outside edges of weed lines, docks and channel drops with spinnerbaits, crankbaits, chatterbaits or Texas-rigged worms. During a rising tide, bass tend to burrow more deeply into cover. Anglers may need to dig them out by punching through thick grass with heavy jigs.
During the June 1, 2013, BWS tournament on the James River, Wesley Harris of Rustburg, Va., won the Boater Division with a five-bass tournament limit weighing 15.95 pounds including a 3.74-pound kicker. Harris caught most of his fish on frogs worked over grass and on crankbaits banged off wood. Ricky Bomar of Lynchburg, Va., won the Boater Division big bass title with a 4.14-pounder.
In the Co-Angler Division during that tournament, Keith Lupo of Fredericksburg, Va., landed a three-fish division limit going 9.70 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 6.32-pounder that set the tournament lunker standard. Lupo caught his fish on Texas-rigged worm dropped around lily pads.
The Toyota Bassmaster Weekend Series is sponsored by Triton Boats, Mercury Outboards, Royal Purple, Busch Beer, Odyssey, Raymarine, Carlisle, Biobor, Rejuvenade, Simms, TH Marine, Best Western and Livingston Lures.
For more information on this tournament, call Gary Conner, tournament manager, at 256-230-5627 or ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.
About American Bass Anglers: American Bass Anglers commitment is to provide low cost, close to home tournaments for the weekend angler and at the same time offer each competitor an upward path for individual angler progression. For more information about American Bass Anglers, visit www.americanbassanglers.com.