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Dillow Wins Walmart Bass Fishing League Shenandoah Division Event On Smith Mountain Lake

Howard wins co-angler title

by: Jody White, Communications Specialist, FLW Outdoors

Chris Dillow Waynesboro, Va., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 16 pounds, 5 ounces Saturday to win the first Walmart Bass Fishing League Shenandoah Division tournament of 2014 on Smith Mountain Lake. For his victory, Dillow earned $6,796.
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(Apr. 15, 2014 - HUDDLESTON, VA.)

After his victory on Smith Mountain Lake, Dillow has now won the last two Shenandoah division events that he has fished, both of them with no practice.

"Im truly blessed to have won back-to-back," said Dillow. "And on my birthday weekend too, its awesome. I almost didnt make it to the tournament because I was sitting in the office trying to make everybody happy with a real estate deal.

"I run a pattern every time I go up there," explained Dillow. "I start out pitching my jig to docks and trees. I went into a pocket and caught a few on a jig and for some reason I decided to cast a jerkbait on my way out and I caught a good one. I realized the fish hadnt moved up yet, so I started fishing that jerkbait on main lake points.

"Sometimes I was in up to 30 feet of water casting to the bank. Every fish that I caught were largemouth, but I also caught one striper bass and one catfish. I was just going fishing. I was targeting windy points in the mid-lake region.

"I think the key was the extra-long casts," said Dillow. "I would get them to bite before they knew I was there."

Dillow said he caught most of his fish on a Tennessee shad-colored Lucky Craft Pointer 100 and a green-pumpkin-colored Dillows Perfect Jig.

Rounding out the top 10 pros were:

2nd: Keith Goldberg Eagle Rock, Va. five bass 16-4 $1,996 + $300
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2nd: Brandon Reynolds Callands, Va. five bass 16-4 $1,996
4th: Frank Ippoliti Mercersburg, Pa. five bass 15-9 $1,119
5th: Matt Kluender Lynchburg, Va. five bass 14-11 $959
6th: Thomas Harris Beaverdam, Va. five bass 14-10 $879
7th: John Woodroof Lynchburg, Va. five bass 14-0 $799
8th: Luke Nichols Moneta, Va. five bass 13-11 $719
9th: Gregory Coope Yorktown, Va. five bass 13-3 $639
10th: Bruce Ring Front Royal, Va. five bass 12-14 $560

Scott Howard of Bedford, Va., weighed in a five-bass limit totaling 14 pounds, 13 ounces Saturday to win $2,360 in the co-angler division.

Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:

2nd: Dennis Burdette Lindside, W.Va. five bass 12-7 $1,180
3rd: Craig Wheeler King George, Va. five bass 10-11 $787
4th: Michael Nelm Hartwood, Va. five bass 10-9 $551
5th: Ed Robtison Roanoke, Va. two bass 8-7 $472
6th: Louis Britos Disputanta, Va. four bass 6-11 $433
7th: Brent Chapman Union Hall, Va. three bass 6-10 $373
7th: James Dehart Roanoke, Va. two bass 6-10 $373
9th: Chris Whittaker Waverly, Va. three bass 6-8 $315
10th: Ben Hudson Lynchburg, Va. three bass 6-6 $275

The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 2-4 Regional Championship on the James River in Richmond, Va. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy Silverado, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.

The BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 120 tournaments throughout the season, five in each division. The top 40 boaters and co-anglers from each division qualify for a regional tournament and compete to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing - the Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy. The 2014 BFL All-American is being held June 5-7 on Wilson Lake in Florence, Ala. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the Rayovac FLW Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.

FLW is the industrys premier tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2014 over the course of 229 tournaments across five tournament circuits, four of which provide an avenue to the sports richest payday and most coveted championship trophy - the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated "FLW" television show and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world. FLW is committed to providing a lifestyle experience that is the "Best in Fishing, On and Off the Water." For more information about FLW visit the FLWOutdoors website and look for FLW on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube.