North Carolina Sportsman

Big flathead keys win

Tony Garitta - November 5, 2012

The team of Brandon Tate, Bubba Owens, Keaton Moore and Jachob Moore of Lexington set a record in the N.C. Catfish Association Tournament Series (NCCATS) by catching a 52.4-pound flathead, the largest ever caught in a series event on High Rock.

The big catfish helped them finish first in a Sept. 15 tournament with a total of 92.1 pounds. They won $200 for first place and added $120 for the big fish.

Chris Fraley of Mount Holley and Dennis Leonard of Harrisburg were a distant second with 81.5 pounds, taking $100. Scott Briggs and Michael Kearns of Southmont took third with 78.7 and won $60.

North Carolina anglers cash in on Potomac

Five North Carolina fishermen cashed checks at the Sept. 6-8 EverStart Series Northern Division tournament on Marylandís Potomac River.

In the Boater Division, Ron Wolfarth of Oakboro placed 21st with 25 pounds, 13 ounces, and won $1,268, and Christopher Carmell of Moyock ranked 28th with 24-08 and collected $1,177.

Co-anglers David Ball of Cedar Grove, Billy Carroll of Fayetteville and C. Shane Burns of Durham also earned checks. Ball placed 15th with 18-9, winning $648; Carroll was 19th with 18-4, winning $601; and Burns took 22nd with 17-12, winning $555.

Thrift, Baumgardner place in FLW

Bryan Thrift of Shelby and Chris Baumgardner of Gastonia had paydays at the Aug. 23-26 FLW Tour event on the Detroit River.

Thrift finished 33rd with 35 pounds, 12 ounces to collect $9,360; Baumgardner was 53rd with 33-6 and won $3,467.

Larry Nixon of Bee Branch, Ark., took first place and $100,000 with 84-11.

BASS TOURNAMENTS

Yadkin Team Tournament,

High Rock Lake, Sept. 15

1. Bobby Lovings (Salisbury)-Dwight Morgan (Gold Hill), 16.62, $475; 2. David Wright-Chris Brown (Lexington), 15.50, $250; 3. Danny Lawson-Jimmy Frazier (Mocksville), 15.37, $141; 4. Ray Hinkle (Welcome)-David Berrier (Lexington), 13.58, $110. Big fish: Lovings-Morgan, 5.91, $104.

SOUTHERN CHAMPIONSHIP TRAIL

High Rock Lake, Sept. 8

1. Scott Threadgill (Troy)-Jason Threadgill (Albemarle), 18.51, $700; 2. Randy Weddington-Ronnie Smith (China Grove), 17.74, $300; 3. Michael Kinard (Mt. Pleasant )-Brian Burris (New London), 17.59, $120. Big fish: Carty Sealy (Lexington)-Derrick Loflin, 5.46 pounds, $160.

ADAM & EVE TRAIL

Tuckertown Lake, Sept. 15

1. John Haywod-Samantha Haywood, 14-0, $150; 2. Mark Bayse-Audrey Bayse (Thomasville), 13-8, $90; 3. RonNelson -Carmen Nelson, 10-9, $60. Big fish: John Haywood, Samantha Haywood, 5-10, $60.

PIEDMONT BASS CLASSICS

Falls of Neuse Lake, Aug. 25

1. Ben Cannon (Apex)-Ken Wall (Asheboro), 18.08, $3,340; 2. Joe Langley (Benson)-Brian Fritts (Raleigh), 14.21, $700; 3. Jeff Vincent (Durham)-Tim Goss (Creedmoor), 13.35, $390; 4. Barry Kleinfelter (Stem)-Bryce McClenney (Raleigh), 12.03, $250; 5. Jason Suggs (Fayetteville)-Calton Hall (Stedman), 11.42, $100. Big fish: Cannon-Wall, 7.40, $252.

Jordan Lake, Sept. 9

1. Chad Craven (Raleigh)-Tommy Farley (Colonial Heights, Va.), 8.67, $520; 2. Jay Garrard (Durham)-Mark Herndon (Bahama), 8.57, $280. Big fish: Craven-Farley, 4.02 pounds, $126.

Falls of Neuse Lake, Sept. 16

1. Chad Craven (Raleigh)-Tommy Farley (Colonial Heights, Va.), 18.36, $520; 2. Jeremy Martin-Charley Vaughn (Rougemont), 16.76, $280. Big fish: Martin-Vaughn, 6.34 pounds, $140.

STRIPED BASS TOURNAMENTS

TAR HEEL STRIPER CLUB

Lake Rhodhiss, Sept. 15

1. Mike Hill-Jeff Moore, 24.95, plus 11.1 big fish; 2. Ronnie Cook-Mike Mize-David Lucas (Randleman), 23.00; 3. Johnny Young-Janet Bruner, 22.55; 4. Robert Steele (Lexington)-Robert Woodward (Charlotte), 18.75; 5. Willie Duvall-Phil Gray-Roger Hill, 18.60.

SCHEDULES

CAROLINA COACH & MARINE TRAIL

Entry fee: $80 per boat, $25 membership fee per person

Contact: www.teamprobass.com or call 1-800-Boat-Dealer.

Saturday Trail: Nov. 24, Dec. 1, Dec. 15, Dec. 22, Jan. 5, Jan. 12, Jan. 26. Sunday Trail: Nov. 11, Nov. 18, Dec. 9, Dec. 16, Dec. 30, Jan. 6, Jan. 20.

SOUTHERN CRAPPIE TOURNAMENT TRAIL

Entry fee: $90 per event, $35 membership fee per person

Contact: www.southerncrappie.com

Sept. 29 at Kerr Lake "Open," Clarksville, Va., Bobcatís Bait & Tackle; Oct. 13 at High Rock, Hillís Minnow Farm; Nov. 3 at Jordan Lake, Fiddle Stix; Nov. 17 at Lake Oconee, S.C./Ga., The Water Front at Lake Oconee Marina; Dec. 1 at Lake Wateree, S.C., Clear Water Cove Marina; Jan. 5 at Stumpy Pond/Fishing Creek, S.C., Cedar Creek Bait & Tackle; Feb. 16 at Lake Greenwood, S.C., Charlie Bís; March 2 at Clarks Hill, Ga., Soap Creek Marina; March 29-30 at Lake Oconee, S.C./Ga., The Water Front at Lake Oconee Marina; March 30, Southern Crappie Kids, Lake Oconee, The Water Front at Lake Oconee Marina.

Bubba Owens, Keaton Moore, Brandon Tate and Jachob Moore (front), won the Sept. 15 NCCATS at High Rock with 92.1 pounds of cats, including a 52.4-pound flathead that was biggest ever caught at High Rock in an NCCATS event.
Tony Garitta
Bubba Owens, Keaton Moore, Brandon Tate and Jachob Moore (front), won the Sept. 15 NCCATS at High Rock with 92.1 pounds of cats, including a 52.4-pound flathead that was biggest ever caught at High Rock in an NCCATS event.