Bullock wins frosty opener in Virginia
ATHENS, Ala. – On a cold, breezy morning, Chris Bullock won the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Virginia Division 19 season opener, held March 10, 2012, on Kerr Lake.
Running out of North Bend Park in Boydton, the 49-year-old catfish and crappie guide from Fountain, N.C., caught five bass weighing 15.67 pounds with a 4.49-pound kicker.
“The fish started out biting good, but by about 10 a.m., the switch went off,” Bullock said. “Almost all of my fish came off rocks, but I caught a few around stumps. I found a few schools of fish in six or seven feet of water. In the last 15 minutes of the tournament, I culled three fish and lost another that was over four pounds off one rock.”
In second for the boaters, Rodney Sorrell of Stokesdale, N.C., brought in a five-bass tournament limit for 15.12 pounds with a 3.49-pound kicker.
Joel Eberts of Powhatan, Va., took third after catching five bass going 14.74 pounds. Mike Hicks of Goochland, Va., also landed a tournament limit and finished fourth with 14.09 pounds anchored by a 4.62-pounder that took tournament lunker honors. Tim D. Grein of Winston Salem, N.C., rounded out the top five boaters with five bass at 13.68 pounds including a 3.96-pound kicker.
In the Co-Angler Division, Kevin G. Miller, 46, of Greentown, Pa., went home with all the honors. The division defending points champion landed three bass weighing 9.31 pounds. He capped his catch with a 3.29-pounder that topped the co-angler lunker list.
“I practiced for two days,” Miller said. “We mostly fished main lake points with crankbaits in six to 10 feet of water. I caught six fish.”
In second for the co-anglers, Randy F. Ruffin of Virginia Beach, Va., earned $315 with a three-bass daily division limit weighing 7.48 pounds including a 2.80-pound kicker. Kevin Hensley Clarksville, Va., took third among the co-anglers and a check for $210 by bringing in a limit going 7.13 pounds with a 2.42-pound kicker.
Bob K. Huberman of Richmond, Va., landed three bass for 6.88 pounds and fourth place. His biggest fish weighed 2.36 pounds. Robert A. Morris of Roanoke, Va., followed with three bass and 6.10 pounds including a 2.24-pound kicker.
For more information, call Gary Conner, tournament manager, at (256) 230-5627 or ABA at (888) 203-6222. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.
-- John N. Felsher
About American Bass Anglers: The Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series provides weekend anglers a professionally operated competitive tour with a path the world championship of bass fishing the Bassmaster Classic. 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 and the American Fishing Tour, The Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series or the American Couples Series, visit www.americanbassanglers.com.