Chickahominy River – Rte 5 Bridge-Chickahominy Park
Pratt and Brit Chick River Winners
Warren and Whitus second place
Pratt and Brit claim the Chickahominy River!
Richmond Marine Center’s AC Tournament Trail Virginia Division final event of the year was on Chickahominy River. We had 16 teams launching from Riverfront Park for the event, greeted with bright sunny skies and forecast for temperatures in the Low 70’s. With a favorable tide for the day, things were looking good to see some good action on the river.
After all teams weighed their catch, the team of Kelly Pratt and Jerry Brit had the winning weight with 13.91 lbs. After a 2nd place finish early in the season, Pratt and Britt redeemed themselves with the win. The team caught their fish on shallow running crankbaits focusing on water about 3 feet deep. The win helped the team pocket a cool $1,015 for their performance.
Second Place honors went to the team of Don Warren and Robert Whitus. This team has been solid as a rock this season and ended the year with yet another runner up finish. The duo only weighed in 4 keeper fish for a weight of 13.34 lbs, their catch was anchored by a 6 llb beast that hit a bladed swim jig. Warren and Whitus concentrated on grass and pads for their weight. For their efforts the team took home $590.
Rounding out the top 3, was the team of John Mansini and Michael Martinez with a 5 fish limit weighing 11.58 lbs. Mansini and Martinez also caught their fish in shallow running crankbaits around shallow cover.
Big fish honors for the event went to the team of John Mansini & Michael Martinez with a lunker that weighed 7.08 lbs. Martinez caught the fish on a crankbait on a shallow flat by a cypress tree. The team took home $160 for their big fish.
The Virginia Division also offers the Missile Baits “Boost Award” to the team that finishes the first spot out of the money in each event. The Missile Bait “Boost Award” winning team for the Chickahominy river event was the team of John Mansini and Michael Martinez. The team will receive $50.00 in Missile Baits products of their choice. Congratulations!
For the event, we had a total of 48 fish brought to the scales for a total weight of 97.05 lbs for an average of 2.02 lbs per fish. With 16 teams the average weight per team was 7.46 lbs. Also a great job was done by all teams taking care of their catch as we did not have any dead fish in this event, 100% live release rate.
Richmond Marine Center’s AC Tournament Trail Virginia Division could not exist without great sponsors. We would like to thank Richmond Marine Center for logistics and organizing the set up and take down for the event. If you are looking for a new bass boat or need service on your current rig, give Ben Gibson a call, they will take great care of you and your equipment.
A big thank you goes out to Hopkins Gun and Tackle located in Mechanicsville, VA for the awesome weigh-in trailer that provided us a great platform to hold our weigh in. If you have not visited their store, make plans to do so soon. They carry everything a bass fisherman could want and need for their tournament success.
We would like to thank these other great sponsors, Missile Baits, ALX Rods, Optima Batteries, Jethro Baits, Lowrance Electronics, All Terrain Tackle, Propeller Dynamics and Sqwincher.
AC Tournament Trail National Sponsors: Legend Boats, Mercury Outboards, Motorguide, Rayjus, SolarBat, TFO Rods, Lunker Lure, Fishidy, SureLife, EGO S2 Slider and Bass Tackle Depot.
If you have questions about the upcoming events or the tournament trail, please feel free to give me a call. Jeff Salmon 804-221-7653