Last Chance Qualifier–Kerr Lake (10/23/15 – 10/24/15)

Hope everyone is doing well and ready to fish the last opportunity to qualify for the 2016 State Team. This will be an individual competition where the boaters will fish against the boaters and the Non-boaters will fish against the Non-boaters. Top three boaters and top three non-boaters will advance to the 2016 State Team. It is very helpful to send your entries with the appropriate boaters/non-boaters for easy pairings. For this tourney, this will be an individual payout only, not a team payout.

As always, if you wish to participate, we will do everything we can to get you in the tourney. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Chuck Murray NCBN Pres.  919-853-6918

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Eastern Region NC B.A.S.S. Nation State Qualifier

May 29 and 30, 2015 – Summit Landing- Lake Gaston – Littleton NC

Story By: Chuck Murray

North Carolina hosted the Eastern Region NC BASS Nation state championship at Lake Gaston on May 29th and 30th with 120 plus anglers vying to represent the NC BASS Nation at the 2016 BASS Regional hosted by B.A.S.S. all hoping to continue on the road to qualify for a shot at the BASS MASTER CLASSIC!

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Randy Groves of the Sandy Creek Bassmasters claimed the title of State Champion with two strong days of competition with 20.66 pounds on Day 1 and 15.18 pounds on day 2 for a total weight of 35.84 pounds. Randy owns an alliance boat package (Triton/Mercury/Lowrance/Motorguide) therefore picking up another $4,000 for the win.

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Chuck Murray Day 1 (19.73) Day 2 (12.71) (sandy creek bassmasters) was second with 32.44 pounds.

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JT Palmore Day 1 (19.86) Day 2 (11.51) (Lake Gaston Bass Masters) was 3rd with 31.37.

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Scott Griffin (Sandy Creek Bassmasters) was 4th with 28.17, Richard Cooper (Reelem In) was 5th with 27.42, Brian Adams (Reelem In) was 6th with 25.69 and Jeff Hodges  (Reelem In) was 7th with 25.63. Scott Shrewsbury (Carolina Bassers) will be the first alternate finishing in 8th place with 25.47.

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Sandy Creek Bass Masters won the Club Championship title with 134.95 pounds, Reel em In were 2nd place with 105.67, and Third place was the Lake Gaston at 97.35, 4th place was Fayetteville Bassmasters with 86.61 pounds and 5th place was B/M of Indian Springs with 82.79 pounds.

Triton Big Fish Honors were Day 1 Randy Groves with a 6.41 pounder and Adam Haithcock had the Day 2 Lowrance Big bass award with a 6.46 pounder.

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The Top seven individuals above will represent the NC BASS Nation at the 2016 BASS Regional hosted by B.A.S.S. with all vying for a shot at the BASS MASTER CLASSIC!

Special thanks go out to Lenny and Vicky Smathers, Lori Murray, Cliff Chavez, and Greg and Kim Howard for their hard work during the tourney.

Individual Results

Team Results

Random Event Photos:

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Western Region NC B.A.S.S. Nation State Qualifier

May 15 and 16, 2015

Story By: Chuck Murray

Black Bear Landing- Lake James – North Carolina hosted the Western Region NC BASS Nation state qualifier. It is the first of two state championship tournaments to select the next Southern Divisional Team in their quest for a berth in the prestigious BASSMaster Classic.

Patrick King - Western State Champion

First place overall individual winner from the Look Out Shoals, Patrick King, stayed strong finishing with a 2 day total of 17.90 pounds. The balance of the Western Region qualifiers in second to seventh places were BASS Casters Mark Swink (17.81), Team Orellanna Chris Carnes (17.13), Confederate Bass Master Dale Lucky (16.13), Casual Caster Stacy Richards (15.99), Alexis Bass Master Jeff Hager (15.77), and Cherryville Bass Masters Bob Carpenter (14.65). Jaw Breaker’s Jody Wright will be the first alternate with (14.59)

Winning Club - Team Orellanna2nd Place Team - Confederate BM3rd Place Team - Jaw Breakers

Team Orellanna won the Club Championship title with 58.30 pounds, Confederate Bassmasters were 2nd place with 47.48, and Third place was the Jaw Breakers at 46.67.

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The Top seven above will represent the NC BASS Nation at the 2016 BASS Regional hosted by B.A.S.S. with all vying for a shot at the BASS MASTER CLASSIC!

Individual Results

Team Results

Random Event Photos:

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Boys & Girls Club Benefit Tournament

Kerr Lake – Nutbush Park

Hosted by the N. C. B. A. S. S. Federation Nation

  • June 14, 2015
  • $180.00 Entry Fee
  • Pre-Registration is preferred!  There will be a $20.00 late fee for registration received after June 12, 2015.  Late Registration will be available one hour before safe light at Nutbush, North Entrance, Kerr Lake.
  • POLYGRAPH: A polygraph test may be given to 3 places, selected by Tournament Committee at weigh-in.  You must
    pass polygraph to be paid.  If you refuse polygraph, you will be disqualified.
  • TOURNAMENT IDENTIFICATION:  You will receive your boat number according to when registration is received.
  • ELIGIBILITY:  All participants must be 16 years of age or older (unless accompanied by a parent or guardian).
  • SAFETY:  All participants must wear a Coast Guard approved chest-type life preserver properly fastened any time their
    boat is underway by its main type of propulsion.
  • SPORTSMANSHIP:  All participants are required to comply with NC Game Fish regulations.  Alcoholic beverages, 
    stimulants, or depressants are prohibited.
  • ENTRY FEES:  $ 180.00 – $20.00 late fee after  June 12, 2015
  • SCORING:  Each team may weigh their largest five (5) bass caught during the tourney.  
  • FISHING TACKLE:  Shall be limited to casting, spinning, and spin casting rods and reels.  No trolling or live bait methods
    shall be used.
  • PAYBACK:  One out of every ten entries shall receive a check.  All participants must provide social security number be-
    fore receiving a check.
  • TOURNAMENT HOURS:  First Flight (1-50) – safe light to 3:15 p.m., Second Flight (51-100) — to 3:30 p.m., Third Flight
    (101-150) — to 3:45 p.m.
  • For questions, please email Chuck Murray, Email:
  • (or BGCNCNC (252) 430-1871, Email:

Download and print an entry form by clicking here.

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Thomas Tops NC B.A.S.S. Nation Anglers At Divisional


DSCN0809Roger Thomas of Snow Hill, NC bested thirteen other NC B.A.S.S. Nation competitors during the 2015 B.A.S.S. Nation Southern Divisional Championship held on the Pee Dee River basin located near Georgetown, SC.  After only having four fish for 6lbs – 1oz and landing him in 5th place in the team standings after day #1, Thomas slowly marched forward with a 7lb – 15oz limit on day #2, moving him into 2nd place in the team standings.  On day #3 Thomas put together another five fish limit weighing 7lbs – 6oz to edge out day #2 leader Carson Orellana by only 13oz to take home the trophy and earn his way to the B.A.S.S. Nation National Championships held later this year in Louisiana, putting Thomas one step closer to a Bassmaster Classic appearance.


20150423_142528Carson Orellana of Mooresville, NC was a contender throughout the three day event.  Coming from the youth ranks among the B.A.S.S. Nation competitions and collegiate levels, Orellana proved his dedication and commitment to the sport by landing in the 2nd position after day #1 with a five fish limit weighing 8lbs – 5oz, only one ounce behind day #1 leader Phil Bain.  Orellana took over the top spot on day #2 with another five fish limit weighing 6lbs – 14oz.  However, on day #3 Orellana was only able to bring three fish to the scales weighing 5lbs – 6oz, thus opening the door for Thomas to take the win.


The 2015 NC B.A.S.S. Nation Anglers the represented team North Carolina during the events were Roger Thomas, Carson Orellana, Mark Swink, Phil Bain, Scott Hamrick, Joshua Lanaville, David Swain, Rob Digh, Jerry Craig, Adam Richardson, Chuck Camp, Chuck Murray, Jeff Narron, Richard Cooper, Randy Groves, Lenny Smathers, and our NC B.A.S.S. Nation High School anglers Sammy Camut and Griffin Barnes.



Complete details for the event, along with photos and standings can be found at:

Additional images captured throughout the event can be viewed at:

Great video coverage as well:

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Noreen Clough Memorial Scholarship

Noreen Clough Memorial Scholarship for Females in Fisheries

As the first female Regional Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and later as the two- time Conservation Director of B.A.S.S., Noreen Clough blazed many trails in the field of fisheries.  Her long and distinguished career was dedicated to the conservation and management of fish and wildlife.  Along the way, she served as a mentor to many and a revered colleague to countless others.

As a tribute to Noreen’s impact on our careers and lives and for the good of the resources she helped conserve, a group of her friends and colleagues are establishing a scholarship in her memory.  This scholarship will go to a female student working toward a career in fisheries conservation and/or management.  In the coming months, we will develop an application process and plan to award this scholarship at the annual meeting of the Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society.  The Division’s Black Bass Conservation Committee will be administering the scholarship and is currently accepting tax-deductible donations in an effort to build an endowment.

Send checks payable to:

Black Bass Conservation Committee
c/o Joey Slaughter
2480 Maner Road SE
Atlanta, GA 30339

For more information, please contact Gene Gilliland at

View the PDF document by clicking here.

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Letter From The President

Regional Meetings

Hey Guys,

It is about that time again to set our qualifying schedule and discuss any method changes. There are some changes coming in the 2016 year that I think are positives for the entire BASS Nation, not just North Carolina. This will require some changes for us as well and we will discuss these at the meetings. As always, we will go over each club’s benefits, benefits, state team member benefits, and our national contender.

I will try and send out an itinerary soon but your club will need to be represented at the annual meeting in order to vote on any action we take. The western qualifier will be on lake James. I also need a head count of who is attending what location if possible.

Also, if anyone has developed a tournament schedule of dates or potential date conflicts with other major dates, please send it to me.

The meeting dates are as follows:

Eastern Meeting:

Saturday January 17th, 2015 at Duke Memorial Baptist Church

The church is located at the intersection of nc 581 highway and Duke Memorial Road.

Our meeting will start at 10:00am and we will have a light lunch of some kind.

Western Meeting:

Sunday January 18th, 2015 at 2:00pm

It will be at the Charles Mack Citizen Center – Lowrance Room

215 North Main Street

Mooresville, NC 28115

I look forward to seeing you there and I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Chuck Murray – NCBFN President

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B.A.S.S. Conservation needs your help, and all you have to do is vote!


Nationwide’s “Preserve Your Passion” promotion lets people choose the organization that they feel is most important to them, and the organization with the largest percentage of votes receives $45,000. It is SIMPLE and FREE! Be sure to tell your friends to vote as well!
Click here to cast your vote once a day through Oct. 13.

Your participation will help B.A.S.S. Conservation in their continued efforts to be an effective advocate for good fisheries management, aquatic habitat improvements, water quality protection and responsible fish care in tournament competitions. There are many more opportunities for B.A.S.S. Conservation to help ensure that people will be able to continue to enjoy nature’s resources, but it is essential that we have the funding to help these projects meet completion.

Two things are critical…
1)  When voting, please understand that when you go to the voting page, you must:

  • First click on the B.A.S.S. Conservation logo (It will change from black & white to color) Otherwise you may be voting for another organization without realizing it.
  • Next fill in the secret word displayed.
  • Finally click on “Submit Your Vote.”

2)  We urge you to vote EVERY DAY until October 13th.

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UNC Charlotte Wins National Title On Chatuge


Jake Whitaker and Andrew Helms of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte tapped into experience to get the job done on the Chatuge Reservoir.

Read the story from here.

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NC Sportsmen Rally Behind Clean Water Act Proposals

Provided By:
Lenny Smathers  (NCBFN Vice President)


Below Content / Contact:
Tim Gestwicki, CEO, North Carolina Wildlife Federation,, 704-332-5696

Raleigh, NC July 22, 2104 – Over the last few weeks, 60 groups totaling tens of thousands of members and supporters weighed in on the recent Clean Water Act rules affecting intermittent, headwater streams and isolated wetlands. These groups represented a huge range of North Carolina citizens, and included members from statewide hunting and fishing groups, the two most prestigious societies of fish and wildlife biologists and professionals, and even student groups. The groups submitted formal comments conveying collective support for the “Definition of ‘Waters of the United States’ Under the Clean Water Act” rule recently proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers.

Historically, the Clean Water Act has been a vital tool for maintaining or restoring water quality and wetland habitats where hunters and anglers spend their time pursuing fish and game.  Despite this, the Clean Water Act has been weakened by two Supreme Court Decisions and subsequent agency guidanceTim Gestwicki, CEO of the NC Wildlife Federation, said his group fully supported the 40-year-old Act and clarifying rules. “If we don’t act responsibly on full water protections,” he said, “it’s like having protection for your home, but then leaving the door unlocked and the alarm system turned off.”

The letter underscored the proven connections between these non-adjacent wetlands and downstream waters, and outlined how best to address protections for these wetlands in the final rule. There is sufficient scientific evidence that these waters as defined by the agencies have important biological, hydrological, and chemical connections to these downstream waters. “We stand firm and united in calling for strong clean water rules to be issued,” said Jim Mabrey, Council Chairman of NC Trout Unlimited. “It’s imperative we do this for our coldwater fisheries.”

By standing up for these small streams and wetlands, the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers are protecting some of our state’s most important fish and waterfowl habitat. Lenny Smathers, Vice President of NC BASS Nation, was encouraged by the wide and broad scope of the signing groups. “It’s a resounding call for action to protect the places important to us as hunters and anglers. Regardless of our preferred sports, our common denominator is we all need healthy habitats for outdoor pursuits.”

The comments also pointed out:

  • Forestry and farming exemptions remained intact.
  • Emphasis on encouraging the rules to also cover Carolina bays and prairie potholes, also known as the “duck factory” region.
  • North Carolinians depend on the state’s 242,500 miles of rivers and streams for clean and abundant drinking water, diverse and abundant fish and wildlife habitat, and local fishing, hunting, birdwatching, and boating recreation that supports a strong outdoor recreation economy.
  • Wildlife recreation related activities lead to $3.3 billion spent per year in NC alone, and these expenditures support more than 95,000 jobs in the state.

The comment letter ended with a statement of support for all of North Carolina’s aquatic ecosystems and the species and hobbies they support.

“We applaud the agencies for their efforts to protect these waters and look forward to working with them to finalize and implement the waters of the U.S. rule. From mountain trout anglers, to Piedmont bass enthusiasts and duck hunters in eastern NC, this is a critical step towards protecting our sporting heritage and our outdoor future.”

Link to the full letter and sign on groups at  The open public comment period runs through October 20, 2014.

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