History on this fishery

The James River has been a host to a Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Open in 6 of the last 7 years. For the most part, the time of year hasn't varied too much as it's been in June, July or August.

Here is how each Open played out since 2011.

Local Kelly Pratt won with 42-6 and that event took place in mid July. He eventually beat Randall Tharp by 5-5. Chris Daves, son of legend Woo Daves took 3rd.

Joshua Wagy caught 39-4 in the mid-June event and local Robert Whitehurst by 6 oz. Meanwhile, local legend Woo Daves placed 3rd and the 2011 winner Kelly Pratt finished in 4th.

Randy Howell caught the second highest winning weight here during the stretch of Opens with 47-11. He won the mid-June event by 6-1 over local Mike Hicks. Classic champion Mike Iaconelli finished 3rd overall and Kelly Pratt was close behind in 4th.

During the first three-year stretch on the James River local Kelly Pratt never placed outside the Top 4, which is an impressive feat.

After a one-year hiatus in 2014 we returned in mid July.

Chris Dillow overtook Boyd Duckett on Day 3 and won with 50-12. The final day was a struggle for just about everyone except Dillow and he eventually beat Michael Simonton by 9-9, almost 10 pounds. It is worth noting local Kelly Pratt took 16th.

Last year the entire Top 12 was close in the standings and Charlie Hartley rose to the top with 41-13 for 3 days and won the mid-August event. He edged young local Cody Pike by 2-7. Kelly Pratt took 7th and has gone 5-for-5 on Top 20's during this stretch and has only missed one Top 12.

How will 2017 compare to the past events? This year the anglers are competing in early August. In the past 5 events here it's taken at least 14 pounds per day average except for 2012 where 39 pounds got it done.

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