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Langford Wins on Smith Mountain
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Langford Wins on Smith Mountain

Piedmont Divisions wraps season with Super-Tournament
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Todd Langford
September 21, 2020 • MLF • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

Boater Todd Langford of Great Falls, Va., brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 33 pounds, 4 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Piedmont Division Super-Tournament at Smith Mountain Lake. For his victory, Langford earned $5,065.

“The best fishermen in the state compete in these events. They’re super tough to win, so when you’re fortunate enough to get one, it feels really great,” says Langford, who earned his second career win. “I didn’t catch a ton of fish, but the ones that I did catch were good ones.”

Langford targeted flats in the mid-lake area that had fish pulled up feeding.

“It got cold this week, which really helped – they were eating,” says Langford. “I caught all of my fish this week on a Steve Robert’s Cheeseburger jig. Steve is a local legend down here – they call him the godfather of jig fishing. He made me a half-dozen of these jigs a few months ago and they were just eating it this weekend.” 

 

The top 10 boaters:

1st: Todd Langford of Great Falls, Va., 10 bass, 33-4, $5,065

2nd: Bobby Rakes of Max Meadows, Va., 10 bass, 32-5, $2,532

3rd: Bryan Humphreys of Lewisburg, W.Va., nine bass, 28-5, $1,687

4th: Travis Christian of Riner, Va., 10 bass, 27-7, $1,182

5th: Trevis Towe of Daleville, Va., 10 bass, 26-13, $1,013

6th: Ben Reynolds of Callands, Va., 10 bass, 25-9, $929

7th: Tyler Trent of Nathalie, Va., 10 bass, 24-13, $844

8th: David Williams of Maiden, N.C., 10 bass, 23-11, $1,260

9th: Martin Villa of Charlottesville, Va., seven bass, 20-12, $675

10th: Derik Hudson of Concord, Va., 10 bass, 19-2, $791

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Mike Miller of Trinity, N.C., earned the day’s $311 Boater Big Bass award with a 5-pound, 2-ounce bass. 

Chad Pilson of Bassett, Va., took home an extra $500 as the highest finishing FLW PHOENIX BONUS member. Boaters are eligible to win up to an extra $7,000 per event in each Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine tournament if all requirements are met. More information on the FLW PHOENIX BONUS contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.

 

Co-angler Matt Hall

Hall wins co-angler title

Matt Hall of Woodlawn, Va., earned the win in the Co-angler Division Saturday after catching a two-day total of seven bass weighing 22 pounds, 14 ounces. Hall earned $2,466 for his victory.

 

The top 10 co-anglers: 

1st: Matt Hall of Woodlawn, Va., seven bass, 22-14, $2,466

2nd: Tim Garner of Margo, Va., nine bass, 22-2, $1,233

3rd: James Roten of West Jefferson, N.C., eight bass, 16-8, $823

4th: David Mills of Wirtz, Va., five bass, 16-1, $723

5th: Jacob Yelton of Christiansburg, Va., six bass, 15-2, $493

6th: Jacob Zimmerman of Warrenton, Va., five bass, 12-10, $452

7th: Brandon McCallister of Wytheville, Va., six bass, 11-7, $411

8th: Chris Jackson of Marshall, Va., three bass, 9-13, $370

9th: Terry Graham of Leesburg, Va., three bass, 9-0, $477

10th: Adam Lester of Huddleston, Va., four bass, 8-13, $288

Graham earned the event’s Co-angler Big Bass Award of $148 with, a fish weighing in at 5 pounds, 6 ounces.

The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on Smith Mountain Lake was the fifth and final qualifying event in the 2020 Piedmont Division.

Now the top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the Piedmont Division based on point standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 22-24 Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Georgia, hosted by the Gainesville Convention & Visitors Bureau. Boaters will compete for a $60,000 prize package, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new 18-foot Phoenix bass boat with a 200-horsepower outboard.