Boater Dennis Siggers of Danville, Virginia, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Shenandoah Division tournament on Smith Mountain Lake Saturday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 19 pounds, 1 ounce. For his victory, Siggers earned $2,585 for his victory.
“I would say the key to my win was my 30 years of experience on this lake,” said Siggers, who earned his first career victory in FLW competition. “On Tuesday they filled the lake up, and I saw the bass swimming on the bank lines. So I started working down the bank lines, just throwing a topwater. I knew I’d catch them – I didn’t know that I’d catch 19 pounds – but it all worked out nicely.”
Siggers said he threw a Rebel Pop-R topwater bait until 10:30 a.m., then switched to a green-pumpkin and purple-colored Zoom Trick Worm.
“I would say that I caught around 10 keepers, and of the five that I brought to the scale, three came on the topwater bait and two came on the Trick Worm. My big one came on the Pop-R,” Siggers went on to say.
The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
1st: Dennis Siggers, Danville, Va., five bass, 19-1, $2,585
2nd: Dennis Burdette, Pembroke, Va., five bass, 16-11, $1,375
3rd: Rick Hawkins, Roanoke, Va., five bass, 15-7, $784
4th: William Johnson, Moneta, Va., five bass, 14-7, $548
5th: Jack Dice, Lynchburg, Va., five bass, 13-15, $720
6th: Trevis Towe, Daleville, La., five bass, 13-12, $531
7th: Ryan Spicer, Narrows, Va., four bass, 13-10, $392
8th: Timothy Kowalewski, Bumpass, Va., five bass, 13-5, $502
9th: Derik Hudson, Concord, Va., four bass, 13-3, $613
10th: Michael Delvisco, Dandridge, Tenn., four bass, 13-1
Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.
Siggers also earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $235 after weighing in a bass totaling 5 pounds, 12 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division.
Bobby Rakes of Max Meadows, Virginia, won the Co-angler Division and $1,250 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 12 pounds, 5 ounces.
The top 10 co-anglers were:
1st: Bobby Rakes, Max Meadows, Va., five bass, 12-5, $1,250
2nd: Austin Burdette, Pembroke, Va., five bass, 10-14, $625
3rd: J.C. Miller, Washington, Pa., five bass, 9-5, $384
4th: Jarrod Egolf, Frederick, Md., five bass, 8-11, $268
5th: Joshua Dudley, Rustburg, Va., four bass, 8-1, $230
6th: Billy Brown, Dahlgren, Va., two bass, 6-8, $361
7th: David Deciucis, Chester, Va., four bass, 6-1, $192
8th: Anthony Shanz, Selbyville, Del., three bass, 5-9, $272
9th: Guy Maupin, Barboursville, Va., two bass, 5-8, $153
10th: Matt Leicester, Hertford, N.C., three bass, 5-4
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. 3-5 BFL Regional Championship presented by Navionics on Lake Hartwell in Seneca, South Carolina. 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.
The 2019 BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the BFL All-American. The 2020 BFL All-American will be held April 30-May 2 at Lake Hartwell in Anderson, South Carolina, and is hosted by Visit Anderson. Top performers in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the FLW Tour.
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