Chenoweth lands victory at Lake Anna
ATHENS, Ala. – Rick Chenoweth won it all during the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Virginia Division 19 tournament, held April 14, 2012, on Lake Anna.
Running out of Sturgeon Creek Marina near Spotsylvania, the Fredericksburg, Va., angler caught five bass weighing 12.52 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 3.52-pounder that won the Boater Division big bass award.
“I practiced one afternoon and stayed upriver.” Chenoweth said. “I didn’t like the conditions up there. The water was churned up. In the tournament, we decided to run some points down the lake. At our first stop, I caught the big fish by dragging a 3/4-ounce jig through the brush. I didn’t get another bite until 12:30 p.m. when I started running points with a swimbait. I culled twice and had a few short fish.”
In second for the boaters, Russell N. Newton of Arvonia, Va., brought in a five-bass daily tournament limit weighing 11.66 pounds, followed by Bo L. Grosvenor of Forest, Va., with five bass and 9.01 pounds. Brad Weese of Petersburg, W. Va., caught a limit for 8.67 pounds and fourth place with a 2.31-pound kicker. Rounding out the top five boaters, Thomas Wooten of Huddleston, Va., returned to the landing with five bass at 8.21 pounds including one 2.91-pounder.
In the Co-Angler Division, Derek S. Sewell of Forest, Va., won with two bass going 5.36 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 3.25-pounder.
“This was the first time I had ever fished this lake,” Sewell explained. “I didn’t even practice for this tournament. We threw flukes around drop-offs most of the day. When the wind picked up, I caught my second fish, the biggest one, on a spinnerbait around a wind-blown point.”
Joseph “Sean” S. Spears of Stafford, Va., only landed one fish, but it took second place. His 4.40-pounder also set the tournament lunker standard.
Terry Weese of Petersburg, W. Va., placed third among the co-anglers with two bass at 3.99 pounds. Jerry Tyler of Weldon N.C., finished in fourth with a division limit of three bass weighing 3.70 pounds followed by Kevin Hensley of Clarksville, Va., with a three-bass limit going 3.59 pounds.
For more information on this tournament, call Gary Conner at (256) 230-5627 or ABA at (888) 203-6222. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.
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.