High Point Marina
The start of the 2019 Fish On Bass Anglers season began with a tough tournament at Lake Anna. Spoiler Alert: only one angler in the entire field of competitors managed to scrounge up a five bass limit. Air temps got up into the seventies, there was steady wind with partly cloudy skies most of the day, and water temps hit sixty degrees in many parts of the lake. Despite the seemingly nice conditions fishing was not so nice.
In the boater division Greg Snider had a bag weighing 10 pounds, 1 ounce. With that relatively small limit he continued right where he left off in 2018, a season in which he won two tournaments, taking home the top prize yet again. Snider caught his limit in a cove on schooling bass with a jerkbait and culled up on a spinnerbait, throwing it along a steep bluff wall later in the day. The second place spot went to new boater Zach Parkent who managed four fish for 9 pounds, 5 ounces. Parkent ran a lot of water between the dam and the Route 208 bridge hitting coves and secondary points, catching fish on a spinnerbait and shakey head. Dave Miller rounded out the top three with a bag weighing 8-9. Big fish in the boater division went to Tim Roberts who caught a nice 6 pound, 7 ounce bass fishing a jerkbait painfully slow.
The co-anglers also experienced a tough day of fishing with the top three finishers bringing in a combined total of six fish. In the competitive world of tournament fishing, catching a limit of bass is an important factor in winning, but on this day Bryan Mitchell proved the old adage true that “quality is better than quantity.” Mitchell caught a singular fish weighing 7 pounds, 12 ounces which was not only good enough to win the tournament, but he now holds the FOBA record for the largest fish weighed in at a tournament. Paul Mason was the runner up with two fish weighing 6-7. Edmond Yee brought in three fish weighing 5 pounds, 1 ounce, good enough to win third place. All of the co-anglers caught their fish on shakey heads and slider heads rigged with various colored plastic worms.
Written by Mark Lim