UPCOMING EVENT: PHOENIX BASS FISHING LEAGUE - 2020 - Lake Lanier

Small Crankbait Lifts Wright to Victory

Small Crankbait Lifts Wright to Victory
David Wright of Lexington, N.C., won the Feb. 27 North Carolina Division event on Lake Norman with a limit weighing 15 pounds, 11 ounces and take home a check worth $5,900.

David Wright of Lexington, North Carolina, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 15 pounds, 11 ounces, Saturday to win the first FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) North Carolina Division tournament of 2016 on Lake Norman. For his victory, Wright took home $5,905.

Wright says he targeted bass along rocky banks in dirty water on the upper-end of the lake to earn his victory.

“I split my day between three shallow areas and used a small crankbait,” says Wright, who earned his 10th career win FLW competition. “The bait was important. It had a tight wiggle which gave a subtle presentation that the bass seemed to like.”

Wright declined to share the specific crankbaits he used, but mentioned he preferred chartreuse in muddy water and olive if he fished in a cove where the water was clearer.

“I fished them slow with a Lew's reel,” says Wright. “I paid close attention to how fast I was cranking. When I told myself to slow down, I’d get a bite.

“The fish weren’t aggressive at all,” continued Wright. “There were a few that I know bumped up on the bait and didn’t bite.”

Wright caught around 15 keepers consistently over the course of the day.

“Normally I bring in all spotted bass, but since the water was muddy I ended up weighing in three largemouth and two spots,” recalls Wright. “I just kept my head down and stayed persistent.”

The top 10 boaters:

1st:          David Wright, Lexington, N.C., five bass, 15-11, $5,905

2nd:         Russell Hoyle, Newton, N.C., five bass, 14-13, $2,753

3rd:          Travis Ruff, Connelly Springs, N.C., five bass, 14-8, $1,635

4th:          Michael Fox, Statesville, N.C., five bass, 14-6, $1,145

5th:          Dustin Clontz, Albemarle, N.C., five bass, five bass, 14-0, $981

6th:          Brian Travis, Conover, N.C., five bass, 13-14, $858

6th:          Jacob Moore, Stanley, N.C., five bass, 13-14, $858

8th:          Lee Williams, Durham, N.C., five bass, 13-13, $695

8th:          Chad Poteat, Mount Airy, N.C., five bass, 13-13, $695

10th:        Hank Cherry, Maiden, N.C., five bass, 13-12, $543

10th:        Jason Wilson, Lincolnton, N.C., five bass, 13-12, $543

Complete results can be found here. 

Jonathan Foster of Maiden, North Carolina, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division, a fish weighing 5 pounds, 11 ounces and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $740.

 

Co-angler Paul Foley of Moorseville, N.C., won the Feb. 27 North Carolina Division event on Lake Norman with four bass weighing 12 pounds, 11 ounces and walked away with over $2,400 in winnings.

Foley wins co-angler title

Paul Foley of Mooresville, North Carolina, weighed in four bass totaling 12 pounds, 11 ounces Saturday to earn $2,419 and win the co-angler division.

The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:          Paul Foley, Mooresville, N.C., four bass, 12-11, $2,419

2nd:         Brian Transon, Sherrills Ford, N.C., four bass, 12-0, $1,225

2nd:         Andrew Shundich, Mooresville, N.C., five bass, 12-0, $860

2nd:         James Windham, Charlotte, N.C., five bass, 12-0, $860

5th:          Bradley Cooper, Lexington, N.C., five bass, 11-9, $484

6th:          Steve Postell, Gastonia, N.C., five bass, 11-7, $423

6th:          Eddie Cook, Clemmons, N.C., five bass, 11-7, $423

8th:          Brian Souza, Cornelius, N.C., five bass, 10-2, $363

9th:          Joe Westmoreland, Greensboro, N.C., five bass, 10-0, $323

10th:        Weston Lineberry  , Troy, N.C., five bass, 9-13, $282

Transon caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 5 pounds, 14 ounces and earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $365.

The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 27-29 Regional Championship on Lake Hartwell in Seneca, South Carolina. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.

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