Virginia Tournament Set For Lake Anna

The Virginia Division 19 of the Toyota Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, will hold its second tournament of the season May 11, 2013, on Lake Anna.The competitors will launch at Sturgeon Creek Marina, located at 5107 Courthouse Road in Spotsylvania, Va. Anglers may begin fishing at safe light. Registration begins at 4 p.m. May 10.Anglers fishing the Boater Division may weigh in up to five bass. Co-anglers may weigh in up to three bass. For a Virginia fishing license information, call 1-866-721-6911 or go here.One of the best bass lakes in the nation, Lake Anna ranks Number 77 on the 2013 Bassmaster magazine list of the top 100 bass waters in the United States. The second largest reservoir located entirely within the commonwealth, Lake Anna spreads across 9,600 acres of Virginia countryside southwest of Spotsylvania. The 17-mile-long lake on the North Anna River offers anglers more than 200 miles of shorelines. The lake can produce bass exceeding 8 pounds.Many anglers fish the drop-offs or riprap near the dam with jigs, blade baits, crankbaits or spinnerbaits. The North Anna River or Pamunkey channels can hold some fish in deeper water. Look for rocks, stumps or brush along the shorelines or on shelves that can provide good cover for bass. Also hit dock pilings with spinnerbaits, soft plastics or crankbaits. Off points, drag jigs, Carolina-rigged lizards or work swimbaits.During the April 14, 2012, BWS tournament on Lake Anna, Rick Chenoweth of Fredericksburg, Va., won the Boater Division with a five-bass tournament limit weighing 12.52 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 3.52-pounder that won the Boater Division big bass award. Chenoweth fished upriver and caught most of his fish around points with a 3/4-ounce jig or a swimbait.In the Co-Angler Division during that tournament, Derek S. Sewell of Forest, Va., won with two bass going 5.36 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 3.25-pounder. Sewell caught his fish on a fluke around drop-off edges and a spinnerbait off a point. Joseph “Sean” S. Spears of Stafford, Va., won the tournament lunker prize with a 4.40-pounder.At the end of the season, one BWS angler will win the opportunity to compete in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic. 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.

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