Howard & Chavez on top in first event of it’s kind for B.A.S.S. in North Carolina
Tournament bass fishing has seen a lot of changes over the years. Most importantly, in my opinion, we’ve seen the doors open for younger generations to compete under the same formats as the pros. The introduction of collegiate bass fishing saw some amazing growth. Who would have ever thought the concept would soon trickle down into the high school level, where not only can these young adults battle it out on the football field on Friday nights, they can now go face to face with other area schools on the water as well. The concept of high school fishing competition is slowly catching on. Some states already recognize it as a sanctioned high school sport. Others are gaining momentum with more and more schools showing interest. North Carolina is one of those states gaining momentum.
The Angler’s Choice North Carolina High School Open Series, operating under the North Carolina B.A.S.S. Nation umbrella held its inaugural event October 26, 2013 on Kerr Lake near Henderson, NC. This was the first of four tournament events that will allow these young anglers to accumulate points that will be used to determine the top two teams that will advance to the B.A.S.S. High School Championship. The format requires two high school anglers to pair up for each event, catch and weigh their five largest fish at days end, and earn points based on their finishing order. The two teams with the highest scores after the four events will represent North Carolina at the National Championship.
Ethan Howard and Chris Chavez got off to a great start in their quest for the championship by winning the Kerr Lake event with a five fish limit tipping the scales at 11.75 lbs. Howard also landed the Bass Pro Shops lunker of the event with his 3.90 kicker. Taking the second position was the team of Owen Smith and Roman Fontaine with 5.90 lbs. The duo of Quinton Carwell and Zach Greene nailed down the third spot with 5.45 lbs. Grabbing the fourth spot with 4.80 lbs was the pair of Raymond Lines and Andrew Johnson. Rounding out the top five included the team of Bobby Bauer and Jacob Keever with 4.20 lbs.
Complete results can be found by clicking here.
The next scheduled event will take place 11/30/13 on Lake Norman. A complete schedule is listed below. For more information on how your school can start its own High School team or for more information on these upcoming events contact Bob Bauer at 336-972-0393.
Event #1 10/26/13 – Kerr Lake – Flemingtown Access
Event #2 11/30/13 – Lake Norman – McCrary Creek Access ( Next to Catawba Queen)
Event #3 2/23/14 – Shearon Harris – Cross Point Landing
Event #4 3/29/14 – Badin Lake – Circle Drive Access
Event Photos (Others will be added as received)
NC B.A.S.S. Nation angler Corey Leonard one step away from Classic!
The B.A.S.S. Nation Championship takes place Oct 24th-26th on Lake Dardanelle in Russellville, Arkansas. Follow Corey Leonard as he attempts to advance to the prestigious Bassmaster Classic. Follow the links below for more information and daily updates.
Story & Photos: Chuck Murray
The Eastern Regional is in the books and the Sandy Creek Bassmasters retained their title with a total weight of 79.13 pounds. The team of Mark Robertson (23.50), Jay Wright (12.22), Marvin Edwards (6.31), Reggie Norfleet (15.54), Sonny Layton (1.73), and Randy Groves (19.83) maintained the title over the second place team of Holly Springs Bass Masters who put 61.70 pounds in the live well. Tri County Bass Masters took third place with 60.44, Sandy Creek Team #3 took fourth with 59.33 and 5 County Bassmasters took the fifth spot with 59.32.
The Sandy Creek team was anchored by Mark Robertson who won the tourney with nine bass for a total weight of 23.50 pounds and was crowned the 2013 Eastern Regional Champion held on Kerr Lake. Congrats Mark!
Jeff Narron (5 County) had the lead after day number one with an impressive catch of 13.26 pounds, but Robertson over took Narron on day number two with an impressive catch of 14.11 pounds, coming from 19th place after day number one to win the event. Narron was able to hold on to second place with a total weight of 21.38 pounds. Bowman Gray (Tri County) was right behind him and finished 3rd with 21.19 pounds, Steve Vann (Tri County) finished 4th with 20.29 pounds, Neil McDonald (Old Lake Bass Masters) finished 5th with 19.96 pounds, Randy Groves (Sandy Creek) was 6th with 19.83 pounds and Brian Fritts (Reel‘em-In) was 7th with a total of 19.83 pounds. These are the top seven finishers and they will advance to Eufaula Alabama to participate in the 2014 B.A.S.S. Southern Divisional on Lake Eufaula April 13 through April 18, 2014. Congrats to all qualifiers and we look forward to a great trip in the spring. A special congrats to Neil McDonald for making his first NC BASS Federation Nation State Team!
A special thanks goes out to our tourney director Lenny Smathers, his wife Vicky Smathers, my wife Lori Murray for being the official score keepers, and Mr. and Mrs. Greg Howard and Cliff Chavez for helping with the tourney as well.
Big Bass Honors:
Day 1 Mercury Big BASS Award - Stephen LaRose (Holly Springs Bass Masters)
Day 2 Triton Big BASS Award- Mark Lamb (Lucky Strike) and Jeff Narron (Five County Bass Masters)
Each angler received $400 for their big bass catch.
Big Bag Honors:
Day 1 Mercury Big Bag Award - Jeff Narron – 13.26 lbs
Day 2 Triton Big Bag Award- Mark Robertson – 14.11 lbs
Click here for final results.
Random event photos below. Click each for larger view.
Carnes and Fitts win 2013 North Carolina B.A.S.S. Nation Youth State Championship on Lake Tillery
Lake Tillery – Albemarle, NC
Story/Photos: Bob Bauer
Warm sunny weather greeted the anglers on Lake Tillery in Albemarle, NC. Fisherman from as far west as Black Mountain and East as Dunn converged on beautiful Lake Tillery to take their shot at winning the NCBN State Championship. Chris Carnes from Southfork Bassmasters showed everyone why he is the top young angler in the NCBN by winning his third championship in four years. Chris brought an impressive limit of 5 bass weighing 18.30 lbs. in the 15-18 division. This out distanced second place by 7 pounds and was one of only 3 limits weighed in. Sam Fitts also of Southfork won the younger division with 4 fish that weighed 6.85 lbs. This is Sam’s first Championship and in his brief tournament history has shown he will be a contender for years to come. Second place in the older division was Dekota (Cooter) Shaw with 3 fish that weighed 11.30 lbs. Cooter from the Randalman Outdoors Club also anchored his catch with the days big fish of 6.40 lbs. Other top finishers in the Tournament include:
Ethan Howard of Clayton High School Club was 3rd in the older division with 5 fish with 10.80 lbs.
Luke Farley of Southfork finished 2nd for the second year in a row in the younger division with 5.54 lbs.
Hunter McKee Randleman finished 3rd in the younger division with 3.50 lbs.
Chris and Cooter will advance to the 2014 Southern Divisional at Lake Eufaula in Alabama next spring and fish as part of the North Carolina State Team.
The results for the 2013 Boys & Girls Club benefit tournament held at Kerr Lake can be found by clicking here.
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.