Staton wins Virginia opener on Kerr Lake
ATHENS, Ala. – Tim L. Staton started the season with a win during the American Bass Anglers Weekend Bass Series Virginia Division 19 season opener, held March 22, 2014, on Kerr Lake near Boydton, Va.
Running out of North Bend Marina near Boydton, the Appomattox, Va., angler caught five bass weighing 14.74 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 3.15-pound kicker.
In second for the boaters, Cavin Young of Prince George, Va., landed a five-bass tournament limit going 14.71 pounds with a 4.10-pound kicker.
Eddie Glascock of Scottsburg, Va., took third for the boaters with five bass going 14.02 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 4.94-pound kicker that won tournament big bass honors.
Finishing fourth, Tim D. Grein of Winston Salem, N.C., landed a five-bass limit for 13.32 pounds including a 4.81-pound kicker. Mike Hicks of Goochland, Va., rounded out the top five boaters with five bass at 12.85 pounds.
In the Co-Angler Division, Brian S. Young of Kill Devil Hills, N.C., won with three bass going 9.39 pounds. He sealed his victory with a 3.30-pound kicker.
Taking second for the co-anglers, Travis Garrett of Charlottesville, Va., brought in a three-bass division limit for 8.52 pounds. Robert Wells of Kill Devil Hills, N.C., placed third among the co-anglers with three bass going 7.09 pounds. In fourth place among the co-anglers, Matthew J. Noraas of Pamplin, Va., brought in three bass for 6.78 pounds. Dean Gibbs of Richmond, Va., finished in fifth place with two bass at 5.62 pounds. James C. Wilson of Youngsville, N.C., won the Co-Angler Division lunker title with a 4.45-pound bucketmouth.
Slated for April 26, 2014, the next divisional tournament will be held on Lake Anna out of Sturgeon Creek Landing near Spotsylvania, Va. At the end of the season, the best WBS anglers from across the nation will fish the 2014 Ray Scott Championship, slated for Wheeler Lake in Decatur, Ala., from Nov. 15-18. The champion boater will receive $100,000 and possibly up to $50,000 in Triton Gold Bonus money. The co-angler champion will win $50,000 and possibly up to $25,000 in Triton Gold Bonus money.
As a special Ray Scott Championship bonus, the Boater Division and Co-Angler Division champions will each receive entry fees and sponsorship into the one of two professional bass fishing series of the angler’s choice. The sponsorship includes entry fees into three professional events and sponsorship support. This sponsorship will put the champion within striking distance of one of two professional bass fishing championships.
At WBS events throughout the season, boater and co-angler competitors may also win hefty bonuses from such sponsors as Triton Boats, Mercury Outboards, Royal Purple, MotorGuide and T-H Marine. See the manufacturer web sites for specific details on how to qualify for these bonuses.
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 is committed to providing 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, the Weekend Bass Series, the American Fishing Tour or the American Couples Series, visit www.americanbassanglers.com.