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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
2597 Views - Posted: July 01, 2013 at 7:00 am
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.

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
2070 Views - Posted: June 04, 2013 at 9:00 am
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.

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
2863 Views - Posted: May 06, 2013 at 9:00 am
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.

Eric and Dylan Fincher of Mount Pleasant, along with Mike Chandler, won the Feb. 9 NCCATS tournament on Lake Tillery. Wilson, Logan win CBC
2295 Views - Posted: April 01, 2013 at 7:00 am
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.

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
2258 Views - Posted: March 01, 2013 at 7:00 am
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.

Josh Koontz and Jake Henderson won the Komen striper tournament with these two fish, which weighed 16.7 pounds. Lexington men win Komen
2233 Views - Posted: February 01, 2013 at 7:00 am
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.

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
2209 Views - Posted: January 01, 2013 at 7:00 am
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.

James Blankenship of Lexington finished third in the BFL Super Tournament on High Rock Lake. Cherry makes Classic field
2337 Views - Posted: December 01, 2012 at 7:00 am
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.

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.
Big flathead keys win
3073 Views - Posted: November 05, 2012 at 9:00 am
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.

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
2325 Views - Posted: October 01, 2012 at 7:00 am
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.

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
2793 Views - Posted: September 01, 2012 at 7:00 am
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.

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
4370 Views - Posted: August 01, 2012 at 7:00 am
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.