133On Saturday, Sept 19th,Buggs Island/Lake Gaston District of the Virginia Youth Bass Federation held its first qualifing tournament for the 2010 Year. We had a total of 19 youth anglers that arrived at Poplar Creek Landing on Lake Gaston. During the registration and pairings meeting, the boat captains, angler’s and parents enjoyed Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and Orange Juice.

With a cloudy sky and threat of heavy fog setting in, all 10 boats blasted off in search of the monster largemouth. After 7 long hours of fishing, the anglers returned to the launch site to weighin their catch. While all boats were being trailered, the youth and boat captains enjoyed grilled hotdogs and cold soft drinks. When the scales opened, it was obvious that it had been a tough day on the water! Congratulations to Junior Roberts in the 11-14 age group with 3 fish that weighed 3.70 lbs which netted him 1st Place and Adam Hammock in the 15-18 age group with 3 fish that weighed 3.52

which netted him 1st place. Both anglers are members of Buggs Island Young Angler’s.They are both now qualified for the 2010 State Championship! Coming in 2nd in the 11-14 age group was Tyler Ferguson of Southern VA Juniors and finishing 3rd in that age group was Zachary Francis of Buggs Island Young Anglers. In the 15-18 age group, 2nd Place went to William Hendrickson of Buggs Island Young Anglers and 3rd went to Jake Taylor of Southern VA Juniors. Big Fish of tournament was caught by Trip Womack of Buggs Island Young Anglers and it weighed 2.26 lbs. Special thanks to all our boat captains from Southern VA Bassmasters and Region 5!

Jerry Wright
Southern VA Bassmasters