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Rocks Key for Chandler

Jones nets co-angler title on Smith Mountain
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Kevin Chandler Angler: Kevin Chandler.
March 26, 2018 • MLF • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

Kevin Chandler of New London, North Carolina, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Piedmont Division tournament on Smith Mountain Lake Saturday with five bass weighing 20 pounds, 12 ounces. For his efforts, Chandler pocketed $7,327.

Chandler caught the majority of his fish targeting rocks in the west arm of Smith Mountain Lake. He says he used green-pumpkin- and black and blue-colored custom jigs with Zoom Super Chunk Jr. trailers.

“I just dragged the jig along the bottom. All of the fish I weighed in except for one came from rocks – the fifth came from a pier pole,” says Chandler, who earned his sixth win in BFL competition. “Most were in 3 to 8 feet of water and I was able to put 12 keepers in the boat.”

Chandler credited his 7-foot, 2-inch Medium Heavy Level Rod and Abu Garcia REVO STX Gen 4 Casting Reel as being crucial to his success.

“In my opinion, that rod has the perfect tip. You can make soft presentations and it has the backbone you need to get the hook in and catch them,” says Chandler.

 

The top 10 boaters:

1st:          Kevin Chandler, New London, N.C., five bass, 20-12, $5,327 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus

2nd:         David Perdue, Wirtz, Va., five bass, 19-13, $2,164

3rd:          Ben Reynolds, Callands, Va., five bass, 18-6, $1,377

4th:          Brian Calloway, Danville, Va., five bass, 17-13, $963

5th:          Scott Hamrick, Denver, N.C., four bass, 16-11, $825

6th:          Chris Lewis, Dublin, Va., five bass, 15-15, $757

7th:          Justin Hicks, Roanoke, Va., five bass, 15-14, $688

8th:          Bradley Staley, Pleasant Garden, N.C., five bass, 15-11, $619

9th:          Eric Bailey, Lexington, N.C., five bass, 15-7, $550

10th:        Chris Brummett, Lynch Station, Va., five bass, 15-6, $482

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Gary D’Angelo of Woodbine, Maryland, weighed a 7-pound, 6-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $575.

 

Jones wins co-angler title

Isaac Jones of Shawsville, Virginia, won the Co-angler Division and $2,059 Saturday after catching three bass weighing 14 pounds, 1 ounce.

 

The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:          Isaac Jones, Shawsville, Va., three bass, 14-1, $2,059

2nd:         Kurt Moser, Max Meadows, Va., five bass, 12-11, $1,030

3rd:          Jason Hinger, Timberlake, N.C., three bass, 12-3, $787

4th:          Craig Wheeler, King George, Va., five bass, 10-8, $480

5th:          David DeCiucis, Chester, Va., four bass, 10-5, $412

6th:          Pat Kendrick, Bumpass, Va., three bass, 10-3, $378

7th:          Josea Goble, Newton, N.C., three bass, 10-2, $343

8th:          Shane Robbins, Raleigh, N.C., three bass, 9-11, $309

9th:          Jamie Newton, Falls Church, Va., four bass, 9-8, $275

10th:        Tony Laaper, Pittsboro, N.C., two bass, 9-4, $290

Steve Mazingo of Bedford, Virginia, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division weighing in at 6 pounds, 1 ounce. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $282.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 18-20 BFL Regional Championship on Lake Norman in Huntersville, North Carolina. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard.