Kerr Lake-South Hill, VA – Sept 22, 2011 – After day two of the 2011 Mid-Atlantic Division Championship, presented by Solar Bat, the bite appeared to be tougher on the anglers. Only seven anglers caught limits today. Anglers are going to have to buckle down as the top two anglers from each state will be moving on after tomorrow’s weigh-in to the 2012 TBF National Championship.
Yesterday’s leader, Ronald Dye of Abingdon, VA and the Virginia Bass Federation, has maintained his lead – even out of the back of the boat! Dye has a 2-day total of 23 lbs 2 oz, a good 3 lb 11 oz lead over the 2nd place angler, Ed Loughran of the DC Federation. “Fishing was a lot tougher today and I had a hard time catching ‘em, but was able to bring in a limit. I also had a good partner today,” Dye said. Dye is fishing as a non-boater for this tournament. But if he finishes in the top of his state federation of Virginia, he will qualify for the 2012 TBF National Championship as a boater. “I just gotta hope for the best tomorrow!” This would be his first time to qualify for the TBF National Championship in the 25 years he’s been a Federation Member.
Making a jump from 8th place yesterday to 2nd place today is District of Columbia Federation Member Ed Loughran of Mechanicsville, VA, who is no stranger to the Federation Championship. Loughran has fished in the National Championship the last two years, and was the 2010 Mid-Atlantic overall division winner. Loughran has a two-day weight of 19 lbs 7 oz.
In the team standings, Virginia is still maintaining a commanding lead with 144 lbs 2 oz. Second place Federation is New Jersey with 108 lbs 6 oz, third is Pennsylvania with 103 lbs 6 oz. West Virginia isn’t far behind with a total weight of 103 lbs 3 oz.
The tournament continues tomorrow at Kerr Reservoir, with Friday being the final day. On Friday, 14 anglers will qualify for the 2012 Federation National Championship next spring. There they will be competing against the top angler from 46 other state federations for the $100,000 ‘Living the Dream’ Prize package. The TBF Federation National Champion earns the TBF “Living The Dream” prize package to include; cash, fully paid entry fees to the FLW Walmart Tour as a tour pro, PLUS use of a custom Living The Dream wrapped Chevy Truck and wrapped Ranger Boat on tour for the year, PLUS a travel stipend for each event.
Daily takeoff and Weigh-ins are always free and open to the public at Kerr Lake. Take off is at 6:45am and weigh-ins begin at 3pm.