NC Anglers Finish 5th At National Championship

Day #4 B

Tyler Dunn and Matthew Shrewsbury showcased one heck of a roller coaster ride during the inaugural B.A.S.S. High School National Championship on Kentucky Lake and Carroll County Reservoir. After a disappointing day #1 On Kentucky Lake, the pair were well outside of the top 30 and needed to make up plenty of ground in order to continue fishing after day #2. Digging deep into their box of angling skills the duo bounced back with a strong performance during day #2 on Kentucky Lake and ended up in the 27th position, earning the tandem a spot in the next leg of competition.

With a move of venue to the Carroll County Reservoir on days 3 and 4, the scores were reset to zero for the thirty teams that would start the second leg of this championship event. Dunn and Shrewsbury were all smiles at weigh-in as the teammates walked off stage in first place and easily bypassed the top 10 cut for the final day of the event.

Day #4 CWith the last day of competition to go, the pair had to overcome the pressures associated with their newly earned spot at the top of the leaderboard, ignore the numerous ESPN camera boats chasing the top 10 angling teams, and simply focus on catching fish for one more weigh-in period. “It was a tough day for them” said Mark Williamson, boat captain for Dunn and Shrewsbury. “Matthew had made a very long cast and hooked up with a five pounder. With that fish biting on such a long cast it was hard for Matthew to get a really good hook-set and the fish came up near the rear of the boat Day #4 Aand simply threw the lure. It was a devastating blow to the two anglers.” After some time reflecting on the disappointing moment, Williamson focused on helping bring the two anglers back mentally and keep their spirits up for the remaining hours of the event. The tandem did manage several other bites, but were only able to bring one fish to the scales by days end, ultimately landing the team in the fifth position.

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NC Youth Rise To The Top

Shrewsbury & Dunn Take Control Of The B.A.S.S. High School National Championship


Proving that anything is possible, Matthew Shrewsbury and Tyler Dunn have climbed their way back into contention for hoisting the B.A.S.S. National Championship trophy high above their heads by days end on Saturday. Shrewsbury and Dunn have defied the odds and have moved all the way to the top of the standings with their day #3 performance. With only one day of competition to go, the duo will attempt to fend off any of the remaining contenders. Only the top 10 teams will compete on day #4.

8_145Falling a little short on day #3 was the second North Carolina team, consisting of Chris Chavez and Ethan Howard. Holding strong after the first two days of competition, the tandem finished day #3 in the 22nd position. Although physically out of the competition, Chavez and Howard continue their adventure through the eyes of their fellow North Carolinians, Shrewsburry and Dunn, by offering lures and moral support for the final day of the event. The four high schoolers have become close over the course of the week and their team spirit is evident with their actions among each other. will offer live coverage once again during the final weigh-in and can be viewed by clicking here.

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NC High School Teams Advance To Day #3


17_103With two days of B.A.S.S. High School National Championship competition in the books, the field of 61 has now been cut to 30. Chris Chavez and Ethan Howard, representing Clayton High, netted a decent showing on day #1 of competition with a five fish limit weighing 10lbs – 12oz leaving the duo in 20th place. However, the Beddingfield team of Tyler Dunn and Matthew Shrewsbury were not so fortunate on day #1 and were forced to cross the stage at days end with only one keeper, landing the tandem in 50th spot.

41_16On day #2 Chavez and Howard created a bit of drama by only bringing three fish to the scales at 6lbs – 10oz bringing their two-day total to 17lbs – 6oz and landing the pair in 23rd position overall. Dunn and Shrewsbury showed their “Never Give Up” attitude and hauled in an impressive three-fish / 12lb – 5oz catch that leaped the tandem slightly above the top 30 cut-off to end the day in the 27th position.

Days 1 & 2 Results

The 30 teams that made the cut will now converge onto Carroll County Lake where the event will finish out the final two days of competition.

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NC Teams Contending At National Championship

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Two high school teams from North Carolina have embarked on a journey that will create memories for a lifetime. Chris Chavez and Ethan Howard from Clayton High, along with Tyler Dunn and Matthew Shrewsbury from Beddingfield High, are competing this week in the Bassmaster High School Championship presented by Carhartt.014071495105141

IMG_1329731353629659Hosted by Bethel University, the event will take place on the waters of Kentucky Lake and Carroll County Reservoir near Paris, Tennessee. A total of 58 teams from 33 states have converged to test their angling skills for the chance at not only holding the championship trophy, but their share of over $66,000 in scholarships.

Both teams were able to get some valuable time in on the water both Monday and Tuesday during the official practice days. The tournament days are Wednesday through Saturday and will consist of cuts after day two and day three that will eliminate teams from competition.

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Western Carolina University – East Regional Video

Western Carolina University, Austin Neary and Zack Hicks competing in the eastern regionals on Watts Bar lake June 2014. ESPNU highlight video

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East Regional Results

Robert Conway Takes Eastern Regional Win

1st Place-Robert Conward (3)
Edenton, NC
The North Carolina B.A.S.S. Nation East Regional qualifying event was held May 16th and 17th out of Pembroke Creek on the Albemarle Sound. The Bayside Marina & Grill was the host site where anglers were greeted by friendly staff and were able to enjoy a hot breakfast inside before taking to the water.

Due to a slow moving storm system, containing high winds and flooding rain, the start of day number one was delayed until 10:30AM for safety concerns. In an effort to give everyone ample time on the water, the afternoon weigh-in was also pushed back to 5:00PM. By day’s end Chuck Murray was controlling the lead with a five fish limit weighing 13.37 lbs. Jeff Narron followed in the second position with 11.78 lbs. Glen Cannon was occupying the third spot with 11.73 lbs while David Swain held down the fourth position with 10.79 lbs. In the fifth spot was Jay Wright with 10.42 lbs. Drew Johnson was located in sixth with his catch of 10.41 lbs while Robert Conway held the seventh spot at 9.87 lbs.

Day number two saw a continuation of high winds, but brighter skies. Making a strong move was Robert Conway streaking from his seventh position on day one to the lead and Eastern Regional win with a total two day weight of 21.90 lbs. Roger Thomas moved from outside the top seven to finish in the second position with 21.71 lbs overall. David Swain gained one position to finish in the third spot with his final weight of 21.64 lbs. Phil Bain also moved from outside the top seven on day one to eventually end up fourth overall with his final weight of 19.82 lbs. Two others making the move from the outside looking in were fifth place Adam Richardson with 19.40 lbs and sixth place Josh Lanaville with 18.59 lbs overall. Rounding out the final qualifying spot was Jeff Narron with his two day total of 18.43 lbs.

In the team weight category, Pitt County won the title with a combined weight of 68.93 lbs, thus taking the rein away from an often dominate Sandy Creek team. The Bassmasters of Indian Springs captured the second position with 61.66 lbs, while Sandy Creek settled for third with 58.44 lbs. Team Bassmasters nailed down the fourth spot with 57.60 lbs while the Carolina Bassers followed closely in the fifth position with 56.56 lbs. The Five County Bassmasters grabbed the sixth spot with 54.79 lbs while team Reel ’em In filled the seventh position with 53.61 lbs.

The top seven individuals from this event will join the top seven from the North Carolina B.A.S.S. Nation West Regional qualifying event to represent North Carolina as a fourteen-member team at the B.A.S.S. Nation Southern Divisional held in South Carolina in the Spring of 2015. There anglers can advance to the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship event and furthermore to the prestigious BassMaster Classic.

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Final Results

Club Results

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West Regional Results

Roger Hoover Takes Western Regional Win

W Region 1st-Roger Hoover (2)

Story: Bill Frazier
Photos: Lenny Smathers

May 9 and 10, 2014, Pinnacle Landing- Lake Norman, 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. The weather in North Carolina has been a little unforgiving this spring with plenty of uncharacteristic snow and ice delaying the spawn. Recent day tournaments have been off and on with this weekend’s championship being a little spotty itself.

First place overall individual winner from the Outdoor Rush club, Roger Hoover, stayed strong finishing with a 2 day total of 25.14 pounds. The balance of the Western Region qualifiers in second to seventh places were Carson Orellanna, David Williams, Chuck Camp, Scott Hammrick, Mark Swink and Pat Tiemey. Most of the talk around the weigh-in centered on the shad spawn and whatever jigs the contenders thought imitated the shad best.

The top three clubs were Outdoor Rush with 108.20 pounds, Carolina Hawg Hunters with 105.66 and BASS Casters with 95.82.

Along with the great performances by these fishermen, the tournament was treated to some high excitement on Day 2 at the weigh-in. At the exact check in time of the second flight, a rather lively storm hit the ramp. Fishermen dodged pea-sized hail while NCBN President Chuck Murray and his weigh-in officials just about got blown off to fantasy land trying to hold down the tents. Not to underestimate the seriousness of the situation, score keepers Lori Murray and Vicky Smathers sheltered their computers and paperwork in the equipment trailer while Chuck, Lenny and some of the fishermen nearly did a little kiting.

The next qualifier will be at Chowan River May 17 and 18, 2014.

W Region- State Qualifiers

Final Results

Club Results

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NC Angler wins B.A.S.S. Nation Southern Divisional

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Rob Digh, of Denver, N.C., wins the B.A.S.S. Nation Southern Divisional on Lake Eufaula with a total weight of 54-15. After leading by just over a pound after day two of the event, North Carolina finishes second in the overall team competition. The North Carolina youth members bag two days of solid keepers to come home second in the youth competition.

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Only one angler came away with this trophy.


The Lakepoint Lodge offered great amenities for the NC team members.


NC anglers begin the registration process.


B.A.S.S. Nation sponsors were on hand during the registration meeting and dinner.


NC anglers await the start of the tournament briefing.


Southern Divisional anglers seated for the dinner.

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B&G Club Benefit Tournament On Kerr Lake

The Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central North Carolina will have its annual bass fishing tournament on May 4th of 2014 on Kerr Lake. The registration form can be found below. We hope to see you there.

Thanks for your support!

Info & registration form can be downloaded here.

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Better fishing in Lake Norman starts with boulders

Story By: Joe Marusak

Lake Norman Boulders

Photo: Jeff Willhelm –

Crews using a track hoe on a barge dumped tons of boulders into Lake Norman on Thursday as the finale to a winter-long effort to create more artificial reefs for fish habitat on the lake’s sandy bottom.

Workers from Troutman-based Lancaster Custom Dock & Lift Systems have plopped a total of about 270 tons of rock this year into the mouth of Little Creek, off Kiser Island Road and Lee Point in Catawba County, and off Brawley School Road in southern Iredell County.

The rocks provide cover for bait fish that lure a variety of bass and other large fish prized by fishermen, said Tim Gestwicki, executive director of the nonprofit North Carolina Wildlife Federation, which conducts the rock dumping.

“We know they’ll be there within 24 hours,” he said. “The fish congregate there like crazy.”

The federation has put boulders into the lake at six sites since 2011 to improve aquatic habitat.

Duke Energy’s Habitat Enhancement Program funds the initiative, which cost about $25,000 to $32,000 this year, Gestwicki said. Proceeds from dock and other fees help pay for the program

On Thursday, rocks were stacked 4-to-12-feet high in depths of at least 28 feet, Gestwicki said.

The rocks, which come from Lake Norman Rock Quarry in Denver, N.C., are placed in water deep enough to not impair boating, he said.

The rocks are a far more permanent solution to establish habitat than the Christmas trees fishermen continue to put into the lake, Gestwicki said. The trees flatten or are moved by currents, providing little or no habitat, he said.

“The best situation is to create a reef,” Gestwicki said.

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Thanks to the NCWF for their support and efforts in projects such as this. If you have any questions about these and the many other projects of the NCWF, or would like to assist with future efforts, you may contact Tim Gestwiki for more information.


Tim Gestwicki

Chief Executive Officer

NC Wildlife Federation

2155 McClintock Rd

Charlotte, NC 28205

(704) 332-5696

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