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    Justin Barger and Brandon Miller caught three flathead catfish weighing 122 pounds to win the May 26 NCCATS tournament on High Rock Lake.

    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.
    July 01, 2013 at 7:00am
    Neil and Patrick McDonald of Thomasville won the Adam & Eve Trail’s April 13 tournament on Badin Lake with this 16-3 limit.

    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.
    June 04, 2013 at 9:00am
    Ronnie and Layne Beck show off the only two stripers caught in the Tarheel Striper Club tournament at High Rock Lake on March 16.

    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.
    May 06, 2013 at 9:00am
    Eric and Dylan Fincher of Mount Pleasant, along with Mike Chandler, won the Feb. 9 NCCATS tournament on Lake Tillery.

    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.
    April 01, 2013 at 7:00am
    Ken Tucker (left) and Aaron Ciucevich won the NCCATS event on Lake Norman in mid-January with these two big blue catfish.

    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.
    March 01, 2013 at 7:00am
    Josh Koontz and Jake Henderson won the Komen striper tournament with these two fish, which weighed 16.7 pounds.

    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.
    February 01, 2013 at 7:00am
    These three nice stripers gave David Woodward of Charlotte (left) and Robert Steele of Lexington a winning, 33-pound catch in the Tarheel Striper Club tournament on High Rock Lake in mid-November.

    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.
    January 01, 2013 at 7:00am
    James Blankenship of Lexington finished third in the BFL Super Tournament on High Rock Lake.

    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.
    December 01, 2012 at 7:00am
    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.<br />

    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.
    November 05, 2012 at 9:00am
    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.

    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.
    October 01, 2012 at 7:00am
    David Wright and Chris Brown of Lexington won the June 30 Yadkin Team Trail event on High Rock with this 19.99-pound catch that included the day’s big bass at 6.61 pounds.

    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.
    September 01, 2012 at 7:00am
    Ray Griffin won the BFL Piedmont Division Tournament on High Rock Lake in early June with a catch of almost 20 pounds.

    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.
    August 01, 2012 at 7:00am
    Robert Walser won a tough BFL Piedmont Division tournament on High Rock Lake in mid-May.

    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.
    July 02, 2012 at 11:55am
    Tony Waterhouse (left) and Orlando Giles won the March 25 CATT event at High Rock Lake.

    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.
    June 01, 2012 at 7:00am
    Chris Brown and Robert Voyles of Lexington finished second and took big-fish honors in the Feb. 25 High Rock Team Tournament.

    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.
    May 01, 2012 at 4:53pm
    Darrell Peacock and Denny Potts, both of Mocksville, won the Feb. 18 Carolina Crappie Assoc. tournament at High Rock Lake.

    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.
    April 01, 2012 at 7:00am