Virginia teams top list at Philpott Lake fishing tournament

Virginia Tech teams come in 3rd and 5th place

September 16, 2012|Meteorologist Brent Watts
  • The top-five finalists pose for a photo shortly after the conclusion of the FLW College Fishing Championship at Philpott Lake.
Photo: Gary Mortenson

Martinsville — The Fairmont State University team won the National Guard FLW College Fishing Northern Conference Championship on Philpott Lake Saturday with a five-bass limit weighing 7 pounds, 4 ounces. Their three day total weight of 24 pounds, 12 ounces beat State University of New York – Plattsburgh by 1 pound, 12 ounces.

The team from Fairmont State won a Ranger Z117 bass boat with a 90-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a berth in the National Guard FLW College Fishing National Championship.


Two out of the three Virginia Tech teams qualified for the Nationals and won a cash prize.

3rd: Virginia Tech – Jody White, Shaftsbury, Vt., and David Bryant, Covington, Va., 14 bass, 19-10, $3,000

5th: Virginia Tech – Anderew Jackson, Lebanon, Va., and Patrick Snellings, Fredericksburg, Va., 12 bass, 16-6, $3,000

Jody White from Virginia Tech fished solo the first day until his partner could join him for the remaining days of the tournament. The team caught a total of 14 fish with a total combined weight of 19lb 10oz.


Teams from Radford University came in 8th and 12th slipping by Virginia Tech's third team who placed 13th.

8th: Radford University – Brett Meyn and Blaine Chitwood

12th: Radford University - Ryan McCarthy and Steven Jarrels

13th: Virginia Tech: Preston Chrisman and Carson Rejzer



“Philpott is not an easy lake to fish, we worked for every fish we caught,” Will Dieffenbauch from Fairmont University went on to say. “The lake fished really tough. First of all there was a lot of boat traffic that we didn’t have earlier in the week. The wind was really blowing this morning pushing the bait fish up so that impacted the bite and these fish have just been hammered for four days straight which also added to today’s challenge.

“We were targeting deep points, 30 to 50 feet, with lots of brush,” added Dieffenbauch. “We were drop-shotting mostly robo worms. We also used a ½ ounce Sworming Hornet with a Yamamoto Saltwater Swimbait, I don’t think anyone else was using that.”

Dieffenbauch will be making his third trip to Nationals and hopes that the third time is a charm. Radcliff will be making his first appearance at Nationals. This was the first year the two have been fishing as a team.


Bolstered by a catch of 8 pounds, 2 ounces and the tournament’s only five-bass limit, the Prince George, Va., high school team of Ryan Drewery of Petersburg, Va., and Junior Roberts of Ringgold, Va., captured the TBF/FLW College Fishing Northern Conference Championship. For their efforts, each winning team member received $5,000 in college scholarships.

“There is a lot of shaking going on,” said the junior Roberts. “That big one was schooling and I had no idea how big it was at first, but then I saw it jump and I said we gotta’ have this one.”


1st: Prince George High School – Ryan Drewery, Petersburg, Va., and Junior Roberts, Ringgold, Va., five bass, 8-2

2nd: Bishop Hendricken High School – Chris Catucci and Patrick Crabtree, both of Warwick, R.I., three bass, 4-6

3rd: Vermont – SAF – Jamison Gott, Georgia, Vt., and Colin Gaudette, St. Albans, Vt., three bass, 3-14

4th: Antietam/Cocalico High School – Kolbey Kissinger, Denver, Pa., and Clayton Delp, Reading, Pa., two bass, 3-11

5th: West Essex/Somerset County Vo Tech – Jake Smith, Essex Falls, N.J., and Rich Pennacchio, Hillsborough, N.J., two bass, 3-1

6th: The Sound School – Michael Toohey, Shelton, Conn., and Ryan Kusmit, Northford, Conn., one bass, 1-4

7th: Massachusetts - SAF – Kory Dominick and Jake Rowinsky, both of Saugus, Mass., one bass, 1-3

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