Virginia Angler Lands ABA Victory
Rick Chenoweth won it all during an ABA
Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series tournament held on Lake Anna
, Virginia, this past weekend.Chenoweth 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.?Russell Newton of Arvonia, Va., placed second with a five-bass daily tournament limit weighing 11.66 pounds, followed by Bo Grosvenor of Forest, Va., with five bass and 9.01 pounds.
In the Co-Angler Division, Derek 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 was enough for 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.