Chris Dillow wins Walmart Bass Fishing League event

chris dillowChris Dillow of Waynesboro, Va., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 15 pounds, 5 ounces Saturday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Shenandoah Division event on the James River. For his victory, Dillow earned $6,046.

“The good Lord truly blessed me,” said Dillow. “It was anyone’s tournament out there. I was blessed with one big bite, a 6-pound, 15-ounce bass, that was the biggest fish of the tournament, and it was the difference maker.”

Dillow fished multiple areas in an eight-mile stretch beginning at the mouth of the Appomattox River to Richmond. He said that he fished his own homemade Dillow’s Perfect jig, which has won him multiple tournaments in the past, including a co-angler victory when the FLW Tour visited the Potomac River in 2012.

“I had to miss a few Shenandoah division events this year due to some health problems, so I told my wife that I was going for the win and either going to be a hero or a zero,” Dillow said. “I just beat on everything that I could find in the river. I was looking for big pilings, rock piles, brushpiles – basically everything that other guys weren’t fishing.

“I only caught six fish all day,” Dillow continued. “Most of them came by 10 a.m., during the high tide on the river. It really slowed down in the afternoon, and I didn’t have many bites.

“The key for me out there was just keeping that jig in my hand,” Dillow went on to say. “After my co-angler caught one on a worm, it got into my head and I really considered switching baits. I decided I was going to stick with the basics and either sink or swim. The Lord gave me that one big bite and it was my time.”

Rounding out the top 10 pros were:


2nd:   Bryan Elrod, Mechanicsville, Va., five bass, 14-12, $2,023

3rd:   Brandon Stapleton, Temperanceville, Va., five bass, 13-15, $1,348

4th:   Cavin Young, Prince George, Va., five bass, 11-10, $944

5th:   Kelly Pratt, Williamsburg, Va., five bass, 11-9, $809

6th:   Eric Waff, Chester, Va., five bass, 11-8, $742

7th:   Jeremy Taylor, Woodford, Va., five bass, 11-6, $674

8th:   Mark Brannock, Chester, Va., five bass, 11-5, $573

8th:   Richard Owen, Chester, Va., five bass, 11-5, $573

10th: Frank Poirier, Hopewell, Va., five bass, 11-2, $472


Complete results can be found at

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