Timothy Jones worked a shaky head to win the Toyota Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Virginia Division 19 tournament, held May 11, 2013, on Lake Anna.
Running out of Sturgeon Creek Marina in Spotsylvania, Va., to fish the 9,600-acre lake, the 42-year-old angler from King George, Va., caught five bass weighing 20.18 pounds for slightly more than a 4-pound average. He anchored his bag with a 6.09-pound kicker that topped the tournament big bass list. For the Boater Division victory, Jones took home a check for $1,778, plus an extra $145 for the big bass.
“I fish Lake Anna a lot,” Jones explained. “I found a good fish on the bed in practice and went there first. I caught my biggest fish on my second spot under a boat dock. When I was getting ready to leave that spot, I caught another good one. I ended up catching a couple more good ones in the same creek. I had my limit by 10 a.m. I threw a 3/16-ounce shaky head with a green pumpkin trick worm all day long. I caught about 20 keepers on the day.”
In second for the boaters, Chad Hicks of Rockville, Va., found a five-bass tournament limit for 17.55 pounds. John Hutchins of Warrenton, Va., brought in a five-bass limit going 14.65 pounds with a 4.64-pound kicker. Eddie Griggs of Richmond, Va., followed with five bass and 14.13 pounds. Steve E. Miller of Mechanicsville, Va., rounded out the top five boaters with five bass at 13.86 pounds.
In the Co-Angler Division, Robert A. Morris, 33, of Roanoke, Va., won with three bass and 8.49 pounds. Fishing Lake Anna for only the third time in his life, Morris anchored his bag with a 4.55-pounder that won the division lunker title. For the win, Morris earned $859 plus a $70 bonus for the lunker.
“I started out trying topwaters, but that did not pan out,” Morris revealed. “I also had a fluke tied on so I picked it up and caught my first of about nine fish on it. As a result, I stayed with the fluke for the remainder of the day and caught all my fish on it around grass or stumps in one to five feet of water.”
Jerry Tyler of Weldon, N.C., finished in second place for the co-anglers with a three-bass division limit going 7.62 pounds. Dean Gibbs of Richmond, Va., caught three keepers and ended with 6.65 pounds. Lamar Spade of Brodheadsville, Pa., landed in fourth place with three bass for 6.21 pounds, followed by Michael Nelms of Fredericksburg, Va., with three bass at 6.19 pounds including one 2.90-pounder.
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.