Langford Plays the Wind For ABA Victory


Playing the wind, Todd Allen Langford got the win in the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Maryland Division 21 tournament, held April 2, 2011, on Lake Anna.

On an overcast, windy day with intermittent rain, the 32-year-old angler from Ashburn, Va., landed five bass weighing 17.38 pounds with a 4.19-pound kicker. He took home a check for $3,190.

?I fish the lake three or four times a year,? Langford explained. ?I found some bass by fishing windy, rocky points with a spinnerbait in two feet of water. The wind pushed the shad up on the points. I caught some more fish on a jig.?

The anglers launched at Sturgeon Creek Marina near Spotsylvania, Va. The second largest reservoir located entirely within Virginia, Lake Anna covers 9,600 acres. The 17-mile-long lake on the North Anna River offers anglers more than 200 miles of shorelines with many points.

Just behind in second for the 81 boaters, Daniel Jeffers of Stevensville, Md., landed a five-bass tournament limit weighing 17.14 pounds, with a 5.20-pound kicker. Frank Ippoliti of Mercersburg, Pa., took third with five bass going 15.51 pounds, including one 5.03-pounder. Allan ?Joel? J. Engelmeye of Severn, Md., landed in fourth place with five bass at 15.49 pounds with one 5.16-pounder. Al Farace Jr., of Hunt Valley, Md., placed fish with five bass for 14.67 pounds, but took the division lunker title with a 5.56-pounder.

In the Co-Angler Division, youth topped experience. Christian M. Thomas, a 16-year-old high school sophomore from Leesburg, Va., took it all with three bass going 13.25 pounds for a 4.41-pound average. For the win, he collected $1,595. He capped the effort with a 7.74-pound bucketmouth that earned him the tournament big bass title.

?We found almost all our fish on wind-blow points with rock in five feet of water,? Thomas said. ?I caught my fish by crawling a green pumpkin jig really slowly.?

In second for the co-anglers, Kermit C. Crowder of Petersburg, Va., landed a division limit of three bass going 9.85 pounds. Kenneth L. Henderson of Fredricksburg, Va., and Jeremy C. Cash of Keezleton, Va., tied for third with three bass at 9.61 pounds. In fifth, Timothy C. LeGrand of Millersville, Md., landed three bass at 8.84 pounds.

?I want to personally thank the folks at Sturgeon Creek Marina for hosting and sponsoring us and the people at Chelsea Joe?s Bar and Grill for doing the Busch and wings event,? said Gary Conner, tournament manager. ?It was outstanding.?

For more information on this tournament, call Conner at (256) 230-5627 or call ABA at (888) 203-6222. On line, see

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