Joyce Claims Kerr Title - Major League Fishing

Joyce Claims Kerr Title

Toombs wins co-angler title
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Keith Joyce
April 22, 2019 • MLF • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

Keith Joyce of Apex, North Carolina, caught five bass Saturday weighing 19 pounds, 5 ounces, to win the 2019 T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Piedmont division tournament on Kerr Lake. Joyce earned $7,254 for his victory.

“I was just looking for isolated buck bushes in the back of spawning pockets as far as I could go,” says Joyce, who earned his first career win in BFL competition. “I think I caught 10 keepers total, fishing a shaky head all day long. I did have one big fish that I weighed in that came on a buzzbait, but the rest of my keepers were on the shaky head.”

Joyce fished in the Nutbush area with a Hot Shot Lures Shakey Head with a green-pumpkin Strike King KVD Fat Baby Finesse Worm and a white Hot Shot Lures buzzbait.

“It didn’t start off well – I had about 40 fish marked coming into the event, but we had bad thunderstorms and a lot of the creeks had mudslides running into them. So I just went back to the area that I had found the most fish in during practice, put the trolling motor down and just started fishing.”


The top 10 boaters:

 1st: Keith Joyce, Apex, N.C., five bass, 19-5, $5,254 + $2,000 Ranger Cup

 2nd: Danny Haire, Yadkinville, N.C., five bass, 17-12, $2,052

 3rd: Jack Dice, Lynchburg, Va., five bass, 17-11, $1,267

 4th: Chris Baldwin, Lexington, N.C., five bass, 17-9, $988

 5th: Keith Roberts, Hurt, Va., five bass, 17-5, $761

 6th: Todd Walters, Kernersville, N.C., five bass, 17-4, $1,202

 7th: Bryan Elrod, Mechanicsville, Va., five bass, 16-15, $934

 8th: Chris Dillow, Waynesboro, Va., five bass, 16-9, $571

 9th: Derik Hudson, Concord, Va., five bass, 16-1, $507

 10th: Shane Burns, Durham, N.C., five bass, 15-15, $444

Complete results can be found at

Walters caught a 5-pound, 13-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $505.


Co-angler Tony Toombs

Toombs wins co-angler title

Tony Toombs of Drakes Branch, Virginia, won the Co-angler Division and $2,057 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 15 pounds, 12 ounces.


The top 10 co-anglers:

 1st: Tony Toombs, Drakes Branch, Va., five bass, 15-12, $2,057

 2nd: Thomas Sesco, Greensboro, N.C., five bass, 15-10, $910

 3rd: Bruce Pettiford, Roxboro, N.C., five bass, 14-14, $607

 4th: Vincent Payne, Mechanicsville, Va., five bass, 14-7, $625

 5th: Dexter Andrews, King George, Va., five bass, 13-3, $414

 6th: Brian LaClair, Denton, Md., five bass, 13-1, $334

 7th: Gray Hackney, Burlington, N.C., five bass, 13-0, $303

 8th: Cornell Badra, Clarksburg, Md., five bass, 12-13, $273

 9th: Robert Jarrett, Lexington, N.C., five bass, 12-7, $243

 10th: Rich Knisely, Disputanta, Va., four bass, 12-6, $212

Toombs also caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 6 pounds, 2 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $237.


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. 17-19 BFL Regional Championship on the Potomac River in Marbury, Maryland. 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.