North Carolina Sportsman

Thrift third in FLW finale

Tony Garitta - October 1, 2012

Three North Carolina pros took home some of the big prize money at the Aug. 9-12 FLW Forrest Wood Cup on Georgia’s Lake Lanier.

Bryan Thrift of Shelby led local fishermen by finishing third and banking $75,000 with a four-day haul of 52 pounds, 4 ounces. Matt Arey, also from Shelby, placed 23rd with 19-10 and won $12,500. Gastonia’s Chris Baumgardner brought 12-3 to the scales and earned $10,000.

Jacob Wheeler of Indianapolis took the $500,000 first-place prize with 60-1. At 21, he’s the youngest angler to win the championship.

 

Sink wins again at High Rock

Winston-Salem’s Steve Sink continued his mastery of High Rock Lake with a victory at the Aug. 18-19 Bassmaster Weekend Series tournament.

Sink topped a field of 31 anglers with a two-day haul of 29.07 pounds, weighing in 13.09 pounds on opening day and charging in with 15.98 pounds on the final day. He collected $2,439.

Steve Dyer of Mt. Pleasant took the second-place prize of $1,220 with a two-day of 26.25 pounds. Lexington’s Robert Walser was third with 20.97 pounds and won $813. Joshua Sanders of Morganton took fourth with 20.90 for $570, and Rob Digh of Denver was fifth with 20.52 for $487.

Derek Cummings of Clayton caught a 4.54-pound bass, the boater big fish of the day.

The top two places among the co-anglers went to Thomasville fishermen. Rick Strelec placed first with 12.01 pounds, winning $1,262; and Charles Wood finished second with 11.55, winning $631. Rounding out the top five were: Charles Bowman II of Kernersville, third with 10.96 for $420; Shane Sharpe of Charlotte, fourth with 10.79 for $294; and Steve Cannon of Wilkesboro, fifth with 9.24 for $253.

BASS TOURNAMENTS

Yadkin Team Tournament,

High Rock Lake, Aug. 11

1. Dave Berrier (Lexington)-Ray Hinkle (Welcome), 16.62, $435; 2. Steve Sink (Winston-Salem)-Robert Mixon (Lexington), 15.22, $250; 3. Tom File-Thomas Ludwick (Salisbury), 13.92, $135; 4. David Wright-Chris Brown (Lexington), 13.72, $95. Big fish: Sink-Mixon, 6.21 pounds, $97.50.

 

Southern Championship Trail,

High Rock Lake, July 28

1. Chris Brown-David Wright (Lexington), 19.59, $830; 2. Mike Kinard-Tony Lambert (Mt. Pleasant), 17.37, $410; 3. Scott Faulkner-Tony Brewer (Lexington), 16.75, $160. Big fish: Darien Crumbley-Steven Seagle (High Point), 5.04 pounds, $190.

 

Tuckertown Lake, July 28

1. Jason Threadgill (Albemarle)-Scott Threadgill (Troy), 20.06, plus 5.87-pound big fish, $1,030; 2. Randy Weddington (China Grove )-Brad Smith, 15.34, $410; 3. Gary Abbott (Biscoe)-Greg Gooch (Troy), 14.37, $160.

 

Adam & Eve Trail

Lake Tillery, Aug. 18

1. Jody Moore-Kenzie Moore (Montgomery County), 15-15, $162.50; 2. Zac Gooch-Kathy Gooch (Montgomery County), 12-15, $97.50; 3. Michael Bryant-Aspen Bryant, 12-14 plus 5-3 big fish, $130.

 

Carolina Anglers Tournament Trail,

High Rock Lake, July 29

1. Tony Foster (Lexington)-Steve Sink (Winston-Salem), 19.15, plus 5.71-pound big fish, $967; 2. Steve Singleton (Seagrove)-David Farrington (Greensboro), 17.10, $300; 3. Eric Moser (Sailisbury)-Tracy Smith (Lexington), 15.05, $150; 4. Dwayne Hughes (Blue Springs)-Chuck Hughes, 14.85, $100. Points champions: Michael Kinard (Mt. Pleasant)-Travis Williams (Salisbury), free entry to final event.

 

JB Custom Rods PIedmont Bass Classic,

Falls of the Neuse Lake, July 21

1. Ken Wall (Asheboro)-Ben Cannon (Apex), 19.60, $865; 2. Greg Riggs-George Pearce (Durham), 18.45, $497; 3. Mark Herndon (Bahama)-Jay Garrard (Durham), 16.88, $345; 4. Todd-Chris Massey (Chapel Hill), 15.95, $259; 5. Johnny Wilder (Butner)-Mike Harris (Oxford), 14.74, $194. Big Fish: Joe Langley (Benton)-Brian Fritts (Raleigh), 7.10 pounds, $364.

 

Jordan Lake, July 28

1. Scott Gatton (Cary)-Darien Crumbley (High Point), 19.69, $640; 2. Robert Williams Jr. (Rocky Mount)-Mike Dinterman (Charlestown, W. Va.), 18.50, $385; 3. Mike Hodge-Tim Wall (Clayton), 15.35, $255. Big fish: Williams-Dinterman, 6.82, $210.

 

Falls of the Neuse Lake, Aug. 4

1. Ken Wall (Asheboro)-Chad Craven (Raleigh), 19.55, $800; 2. Keith Patterson-Mink Cook (Mebane), 18.70, $460; 3. Johnny Wilder (Butner)-Mike Harris (Oxford), 17.21, $300; 4. David Hall (Raleigh)-Dane Sallinger (Wake Forest), 16.57, $200. Big fish: Wall-Craven, 8.35 pounds, $280.

 

Jordan Lake,

Aug. 11

1. Ken Wall (Asheboro)-Ben Cannon (Apex), 11.60, $520; 2. Joe Langley (Benson)-Brian Fritts (Raleigh), 11.16, $280. Big fish: Jason Suggs (Fayetteville)-Calton Hall (Stedman), 6.08 pounds, $140.

 

Falls of Neuse Lake, Aug. 18

1. Chris Wood (Wake Forest)-Will White (Raleigh), 16.75, $680; 2. Ken Wall (Asheboro)-Ben Cannon (Apex), 13.37, $408; 3. Robert Williams Jr. (Rocky Mount)-Justis Bobbitt (Edenton), 12.23, $272. Big fish: Jason Suggs (Fayetteville)-Calton Hall (Stedman), 6.10 pounds, $238.

 

STRIPED BASS TOURNAMENTS

Tarheel Striper Club, Kerr Lake, July 21

1. Robert Moss-John Rosenbaum, 29.2; 2. J.R. Wilmouth-Jordan Smith (Thomasville), 24.85, plus 14.95-pound big fish; 3. Steve Shoe-Tammy Shoe, 23.95; 4. Robert Steele (Lexington)-David Woodward (Charlotte), 23.7; 5. Pat Markham-Robert Culberson, 22.7; 6. Johnny Young-Mark Morris, 19.4; 7. Jim Merritt-Mike Daniels, 16.4; 8. Jerry Sykes (Asheboro)-David Lucas (Randleman), 14.6; 9. Landon Langston-Blake Phillips, 12.85; 10. Bill Sharpling-Jack Donald, 12.75.

SCHEDULES

Carolina Crappie Association

Contact: www.carolinacrappieassociation.webnode.com.

Oct. 20, 2012, at Blewett Falls; Nov. 17, 2012, at Fishing Creek, S.C; Dec. 15, 2012, at Lake Tillery; Jan. 12, 2013, at Lake Greenwood, S.C.; Feb. 9, 2013, at Santee-Cooper, S.C.; March 9, 2013, at High Rock; April 5-6, 2013 at Lake Wateree, S.C.

Mike Dinterman (left) and Robert Williams Jr. finished second and had the big fish at the July 28 Piedmont Bass Classic event on Jordan Lake.
Courtesy Piedmont Bass Classic
Mike Dinterman (left) and Robert Williams Jr. finished second and had the big fish at the July 28 Piedmont Bass Classic event on Jordan Lake.