R.J. DeGrandcourt of Clarksville, Virginia, caught five bass Saturday weighing 18 pounds, 7 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Shenandoah Division opener on Kerr Lake. For his catch, DeGrandcourt took home $2,585.
According to post-tournament reports, DeGrandcourt caught his bass fishing flats on the upper end of the lake with a Bomber Speed Shad crankbait.
The top 10 boaters:
1st: R.J. DeGrandcourt, Clarksville, Va., five bass, 18-7, $2,585
2nd: Ben Dalton, Keeling, Va., five bass, 16-5, $1,175
3rd: Travis Lugar, McGaheysville, Va., five bass, 15-9, $784
4th: Jack Dice, Lynchburg, Va., five bass, 15-0, $759
4th: Thomas Svec, Chesapeake, Va., five bass, 15-0, $509
6th: Curtis Talbott, Forest, Va., five bass, 14-15, $631
7th: Michael Delvisco, Dandridge, Tenn., five bass, 14-1, $392
8th: Derik Hudson, Concord, Va., five bass, 13-11, $752
9th: Rick Hawkins, Roanoke, Va., five bass, 13-10, $313
10th: Craig Wright, Rustburg, Va., four bass, 13-1, $150
Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.
DeGrandcourt also caught a 6-pound, 9-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $235.
Richardt wins co-angler title
Kyle Richardt of Raleigh, North Carolina, won the Co-angler Division and $1,175 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 12 pounds, 7 ounces.
The top 10 co-anglers:
1st: Kyle Richardt, Raleigh, N.C., five bass, 12-7, $1,175
2nd: Trey Grow, Mechanicsville, Va., five bass, 11-6, $587
3rd: Louis Britos, Disputanta, Va., five bass, 10-10, $393
4th: Jamie Newton, Falls Church, Va., four bass, 10-9, $254
4th: Timothy Kinder, Manassas, Va., five bass, 10-9, $354
6th: Brandt Thompson , Richmond, Va., five bass, 10-7, $215
7th: Gregory Chuhta, Germantown, Md., five bass, 10-5, $196
8th: Danny Crickenberger, Charlottesville, Va., four bass, 10-0, $293
9th: Billy Brown, Dahlgren, Va., five bass, 9-13, $157
10th: Al Berkley, Madison Heights, Va., five bass, 9-12, $50
Crickenberger caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 4 pounds, 12 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $117.
The tournament was hosted by the Vance County Tourism Development Authority.
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. 10-12 BFL Regional Championship on Lake Hartwell in Seneca, South Carolina, presented by Navionics. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard.