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Region 4 TBF BASS holds charity tournament

By DAVID GRAVELY, 1911114_840287345997645_74496668_oSWT Sports Editor

You’re hanging with the hardcore now my friend.

That’s what most would think if they were at the public boat launch this past Saturday to watch the crazy brave as they came back in from nine hours of fishing on Claytor Lake as a part of the Charlie Custer Memorial Tournament held by the Region IV Bass TBF.

The tournament was also held to help raise money for the Wounded Warriors Project, which helps disabled military veterans.  A check for $200 will be headed their way this week.

The water temperature at the 7 a.m. start time was much warmer than air temperature, which was hovering in the low 20 degree area.  The water temperature throughout the day varied from 30-42 degrees.  Recent rain and snow has left the water  stained throughout most of the lake, with some portions still unavailable due to ice on the surface.

When the weigh-in was complete, the team of David Martin and Kevin Simmons took first place honors with three fish tipping the scales at 7.40 pounds.  That catch included a 4.56 pound largemouth.

The big fish of the day was a solid 4.72 pound largemouth caught by the team of Steve Shipley and Robbie Halsey.

The Region 4 Open Team Tournament Trail will kick off on March 22 at Smith Mountain Lake.  That tournament will be held from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will start at the State Park Ramp.  For more information, visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RegionFourVirginiaBassTBF.

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