Big flathead anchors win

At about 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 26, Justin Barger of Hickory and Brandon Miller of Salisbury brightened the night sky by dragging a 46.9-pound yellow-hued flathead catfish into their boat from High Rock Lake. Read More...
July 01, 2013 at 7:00 am

Maiden duo wins at Falls

The 99 teams fishing the April 20 Carolinas Bass Challenge N.C. Division tournament knew they would need a stringer of 20 pounds or more if they wanted to take the top prize at Falls of the Neuse Lake. For the two weeks before the tournament, 20-pound stringers were brought to the scales with startling frequency at other tournaments at the lake.Read More...
June 04, 2013 at 9:00 am

Lexington pair win big

Chris Brown and Jason Thomas of Lexington won the March 23 Carolina Bass Challenge on Jordan Lake with a 5-fish limit that weighed an impressive 27.81 pounds and was worth $9,000.Read More...
May 06, 2013 at 9:00 am

Wilson, Logan win CBC

Jason Wilson of Bessemer City and Kelly Logan of Morganton topped an impressive field of 168 teams and a cold, winter blast to win the Feb. 16 Carolinas Bass Challenge at Lake Norman. The two anglers had a 5-fish limit weighing 15.44 pounds to capture the first-place award of $10,000, plus a bonus of $5,000 from Skeeter.Read More...
April 01, 2013 at 7:00 am

Norman spits out big cats

Ken Tucker of Lincolnton and Aaron Ciucevich of Harrisburg brought two blue cats to the scales weighing 55.7 pounds to top a field of 21 teams at the Jan. 12 N.C. Catfish Association Tournament Series event at Lake Norman.Read More...
March 01, 2013 at 7:00 am

Lexington men win Komen

Josh Koontz and Jake Henderson of Lexington bested a field of 23 teams— composed of 41 adults, three youngsters, and one Labrador retriever — to win the Susan G. Komen Fishing for a Cure benefit striper tournament Dec. 15 on High Rock Lake.Read More...
February 01, 2013 at 7:00 am

Orrum earns All-American berth

Ernest Stephens of Orrum earned an invitation to FLW’s BFL All-American by winning the co-angler division at the Oct. 25-27 Wild Card Tournament on Alabama’s Lake Guntersville.

Stephens had 5-fish limits weighing 11-3 and 18-9, finishing with 29-12 to win by more than a pound.Read More...
January 01, 2013 at 7:00 am

Cherry makes Classic field

Hank Cherry of Maiden has received a last-minute invitation to the 2013 Bassmaster Classic by winning the Bassmaster Southern Open on Alabama’s Lewis Smith Lake by one ounce.

Cherry’s catch of 38-13 also paid $5,690 in cash, plus a fully-rigged Nitro bass boat.Read More...
December 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Big flathead keys win

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.Read More...
November 05, 2012 at 9:00 am

Thrift third in FLW finale

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.Read More...
October 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Sink has big BFL payday

Steve Sink of Winston-Salem captured the June 23 BFL N.C. Division tournament at High Rock Lake with a 5-fish catch weighing 21 pounds, 5 ounces.

Sink caught several of his biggest fish on a jig in 10 to 12 feet of water. For his victory, Sink collected $3,632, a $1,000 bonus from Mercury, and a $2,000 bonus from the Ranger Cup program.Read More...
September 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Blankenship good alone

Fishing by himself, James Blankenship of Lexington topped a field of 108 teams to win the Carolina Bass Challenge North Carolina Division at High Rock Lake on June 2.

Blankenship had a catch of 19.98 pounds to win a Skeeter bass boat powered by a Yamaha outboard.Read More...
August 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Walser wins at High Rock

Lexington’s Robert Walser overcame tough fishing conditions on High Rock Lake to win the May 12 BFL Piedmont Division tournament.

Walser’s 5-fish limit, taken with spinnerbaits and jigs from shallow water, totaled 17 pounds, 13 ounces and paid $3,156. He also earned a $2,000 bonus from the Ranger Cup program and a $1,000 bonus from Evinrude.Read More...
July 02, 2012 at 11:55 am

Williams whips field

Clayton “Mark” Williams of Taylorsville topped the 38-man field at the April 21 Bassmaster Weekend Series tournament on High Rock Lake with a five-fish catch of 22.31 pounds that included a 6.86-pound bass, the big fish of the day.Read More...
June 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Stone takes third in FLW

Fayetteville’s Marty Stone finished third at the March 8-11 FLW Tour event on South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell. Stone’s haul of 68 pounds, five ounces, was worth $30,000.Read More...
May 01, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Tournament winners round-up

Dustin Wilks of Rocky Mount, a pro bass fisherman and columnist for North Carolina Sportsman, finished seventh in the Bassmasters Classic in late February on Louisiana’s Red River.Read More...
April 01, 2012 at 7:00 am