Harris Scores Victory On James River
Wesley Harris looked to the pads to win the Toyota Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Virginia Division 19 tournament, held June 1, 2013, on the James River.
Running out of Chickahominy Riverfront Park in Williamsburg, Va., the 58-year-old Rustburg, Va., angler caught five bass weighing 15.95 pounds. He capped his catch with a 3.74-pound kicker.
“I fish this area about once or twice a year,” Harris explained. “The fish were in the pad fields with deeper water beside it. They were hitting on topwaters. We had a good frog bite. I also caught some bass on crankbaits around wood. I culled about 10 fish and they were all good fish.”
In second for the boaters, Ricky Bomar of Lynchburg, Va., landed a five-bass tournament limit going 13.61 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 4.14-pound kicker that won the division big bass title.
In third for the boaters, Chad Hicks of Rockville, Va., brought in five bass for 12.82 pounds including one 3.98-pounder. Richard Owen of Chester, Va., landed in fourth place with a five-bass limit and 12.69 pounds that included a 3.72-pound kicker. Wrapping up the top five boaters, John Mansini Jr. of Lanexa, Va., brought in five keepers for 12.27 pounds with one 3.17-pounder.
Steve E. Miller of Mechanicsville, Va., placed eighth among the boaters with five bass weighing 11.10 pounds. As the highest finishing Royal Purple Royal Rewards boater in the event, he won a significant prize package. As a Royal Purple Level 2 participant, he won a gallon of Royal Purple oil, a Royal Purple hat, a quart of Royal Purple Max Gear Lube and an ABA Freedom Pass.
In the Co-Angler Division, Keith Lupo, 47, of Fredericksburg, Va., came out on top with three bass at 9.70 pounds. He set the tournament lunker standard with a 6.32-pounder.
“We caught all our fish throwing a worm around lily pads,” Lupo revealed. “I caught eight bass. The biggest bass hit late in the afternoon. I lost another one about the same size. Both hit a worm.”
Taking second for the co-anglers, Lamar Spade of Brodheadsville, Pa., brought in a three-bass division limit for 7.91 pounds. David L. DeCiucis of Chester, Va., took third among the co-anglers with three bass at 6.53 pounds. Kevin Hensley of Clarksville, Va., placed fourth with a three-bass limit for 5.94 pounds. Travis Bass of Middlesex, N.C., rounded out the top five co-anglers with three bass going 5.73 pounds.
As the highest finishing Royal Purple Royal Rewards co-angler in the event, Hensley also won a prize package valued at more than $300. As a Royal Purple Level 4 participant, he won a case of Royal Purple oil, a Royal Purple hat, a quart of Royal Purple Max Gear Lube, a year extension to his ABA membership, a Freedom Pass and one boater entry worth $100 for the event of his choice.
The next divisional tournament will be held July 6, 2013, out of North Bend Marina near Boydton, Va., to fish Kerr Lake. 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.