Seven members of the 2014 North Carolina B.A.S.S. Nation State team have now been determined after the Western Regional qualifying event took place on Lake Hickory. Sixty-six competitors took to the lake for two days of competition to determine one-half of the 2014 State team that will compete in the 2014 B.A.S.S. Nation Southern Divisional in the spring of 2014.
Day #1 saw Jody Wright on top of the leader board with 19.98 lbs. Rob Digh filled the second position with 17.02 lbs, followed closely by Mark Swink in third position with 16.98 lbs. Rounding out the top five from day #1 competition included fourth place Brian Anderson with 16.06 lbs and the youngster, Carson Orellana with 15.97lbs. Big fish honors for day #1 was awarded to Jonathon Foster with his 5.45 lb kicker.
Jody Wright held on to his lead on day #2 and earned the event win with a total two-day catch of 31.23 lbs. Jeff Hager leaped his way from a day #1 position of sixth place to finish the competition in second place with 28.83 lbs total. Rob Digh slipped a little on day #2, but still earned a third place finish with 27.24 lbs overall. Jerry Craig made the biggest move on day #2 jumping from his day #1 position of 13th place to end the event in fourth place with 26.56 lbs. Patrick King was another big mover climbing up the ladder to a fifth place finish with 26.12 lbs. Danny Murphy ended the event in sixth place with 26.07 lbs while Carson Orellana nailed down the final qualifying spot with his seventh place finish totaling 25.72 lbs. Darrell Hager earned the day #2 big fish award with his 5.30 lb catch.
Complete individual standings can be found by clicking here.
The overall team standings win was taken by Riverview Bass Anglers with 100.10 lbs total cumulative team weight with Bass Casters taking the second position with 89.08 lbs total.
Complete team standings can be found by clicking here.
Thanks to Lenny Smathers for organizing this event and providing the scoring and photos. Lenny would also like to send out a special thanks to the many that pitched in and helped, but especially to Rodney Teague, who ran the bump board, to Charlie Gunter who hauled the equipment, and to Vicky Smathers who kept the scores.
Photo: Tyler Reed (Bassmaster.com)
Corey Leonard advances from Southern Divisional competition to the B.A.S.S. Nation National Championship. Read more here.
View the final standings here.
The 2013 B.A.S.S. Nation Southern Divisional has begun on Douglas Lake in Eastern Tennessee. Follow all of the action, including live, daily, weigh-ins here.
Event information can be found here.
Photo: Tyler Reed (Bassmaster.com)
Back row: Randy Parker, Reggie Guffey, Brian Fritts, Roger Hoover, Jeremy Sabo, Dustin Hagwood. Center row: Randy Groves, Jeff Farrell, Shane Lineberger, Cory Leonard, Steve Hildebran, Scott Hamrick, Chuck Murray. Kneeling: Lenny Smathers, Rob Digh, Brock Colby Johnson, Ethan James Howard.
Story & Photos By: Jeff Farrell
William Vaughan and Milton Lockamy win the inaugural Capital Team Trail event on Falls Lake.
Vaughan and Lockamy caught their limit of 15.08 lbs. on Carolina rigs and spinnerbaits. Their limit was anchored by the big fish of the tournament 5.25 lbs. They took home $180.00 for the win.
2nd place was Jeff Farrell and Brian Adams. They only managed 4 keepers weighing 10.72. Jigs and spinnerbaits produced their bites.
The weather was beautiful and the fish were biting. It was a great time for those that participated and we hope to have more support at the next event. May 18th Jordan Lake Farrington Point.
SUNDAY, March 17th, 2013: Pretty In Pink Fishing tournament, Kerr Lake NC.
Story By: Charlie Gunter NCBFN Marketing Director
The mid-March weather conditions were more conducive to a cold November deer hunting morning. However thirty-one teams set the stage for the 2013 second annual Pretty in Pink team tournament. The Foundation is a not-for-profit, direct service provider for financial assistance, for breast cancer patients in North Carolina. The fisherman’s financial assistance includes helping provide payment for procedures including: surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, lumpectomy/mastectomy, continued consultation/biopsy, office visit co-pays, cobra payments, and imaging.
The tournament was sponsored by the North Carolina B.A.S.S. Nation organization and the team of President Chuck Murray and Randy Groves lead the way taking first place with a 17.88 lbs. sack. Chuck and Randy stated that the bite started slow but picked up around mid-morning as they brought in five quality bass, including big fish weighing 4.90 lbs. Bowman Gray and Anna Michele (as she battled the cold weather) finished a close second with 16.79 lbs. Rounding up the top five slots were: Larry and Mark Inman coming in third with 15.54 lbs; Brandon Gray and Tony Woodard taking the fourth slot with 14.71 lbs; and Wayne Vaughn and Jacob Powroznik finishing fifth with 14.64 lbs.
Bernadette Pickle and Barbara Fields, from the Pretty in Pink foundation spoke briefly before the fishermen blasted off and were present at the award ceremony. The B.A.S.S. Nation organization along with the thirty-one teams presented the Pretty in Pink foundation with a check for $1,410.00.
Charlie Gunter, the tournament director thanked all the fishermen for battling the cold weather and for their participation, for an extremely important cause. “Our goal is to hold two Pretty in Pink tournaments per year and we look forward to holding our next event later this Fall” stated Charlie.
NCBFN member Jeff Farrell has agreed to run a new team trail focusing on Jordan, Harris and Falls Lakes. Lets support this trail. We will also be offering a summer/fall trail focusing on Kerr, Gaston, and a river. More to come on that.
Contact Jeff Farrell for an early boat number. Chuck Murray NCBFN Pres.
View the tournament trail information, including an entry form by clicking here.
March 8, 2013
Dear North Carolina BoatU.S. Member:
The North Carolina General Assembly is considering legislation that would significantly increase registration fees on recreational boats to raise revenue for coastal dredging projects. BoatU.S. is dedicated to preserving access to waterways but S.B. 58 places an unfair financial burden on recreational boaters while ignoring the responsibility of commercial fishing boats and for-hire charter fishing and headboats.
S.B. 58 will now go to the Senate Finance Committee and could be heard as early as Tuesday, March 12. Please contact your State Senator today and respectfully urge them to vote “No” on S.B. 58.
- Boaters who solely boat on the state’s lakes and rivers will be paying for projects they will never use.
- The fee for a 20ft boat would jump 275% for a 3-year registration. For a 40ft boat, a 3-year registration will skyrocket 1025%!
- SB 58 would make the Tarheel State the most expensive state in which to register a boat of its coastal border states.
Please let your State Senator know that you oppose S.B. 58 as drafted and ask them to consider a more reasonable way to pay for dredging North Carolina’s coastal inlets and essential waterways.
Click here to take action
Thank you for being a BoatU.S. Member and for your consideration of this very important issue.
Margaret B. Podlich
Details regarding the 2013 Boys & Girls Club tournament event have been released. The event will take place on June 1st 2013.
$3000 to 1st Place and $2000 to 2nd Place guaranteed.
View and download a copy here.
Please see the revised “Pretty In Pink” fundraising fishing tournament, entry form. The second page has the rules and regulations that need to be signed and sent back with the first page. Plus, this tournament is now a Triton Sponsored tournament. Please put this date on your calendar!
March 17th, Kerr Lake (Flemingtown ramp).
Download entry form here.