UPCOMING EVENT: TOYOTA SERIES - 2020 - Pickwick Lake

Blankenship Flips Bushes for W

Blankenship Flips Bushes for W
James Blankenship

James Blankenship of Siler City, North Carolina, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 19 pounds, 2 ounces, Saturday to win the third FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Piedmont Division tournament of 2016 on High Rock Lake. For his victory, Blankenship took home $3,255.

“I ran up to a large bay on the Yadkin River, shut the boat off and fished there all day,” says Blankenship, who earned his fifth win in FLW competition. “I focused on shallow bushes and willow trees. The bass were in 18 inches of water, behind the bushes and into the willows. Once I realized that, it was a lot easier to catch them.”

Blankenship rotated between two jigs – one rigged with a sapphire blue-colored Zoom Super Chunk, the other with a black and blue-colored Zoom Ultra Vibe Speed Craw.

“I split the day between the two, but it didn’t really matter which color I used once I found the fish,” says Blankenship. “I flipped and skipped it back into the willows and caught 17 keepers.”

Blankenship caught the majority of his winning limit between 11:45 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.

“I never saw another boat in my area which helped,” says Blankenship. “I had the place to myself all day and it ended up paying off.”

The top 10 boaters:

1st:          James Blankenship, Siler City, N.C., five bass, 19-2, $3,255

2nd:         Rick Dunstan, Pinehurst, N.C., four bass, 15-0, $1,628

3rd:          Brad Younts, Lexington, N.C., five bass, 14-14, $1,084

4th:          David Wright, Lexington, N.C., five bass, 13-12, $760

5th:          Robert Walser, Lexington, N.C., five bass, 12-9, $951

6th:          Chadd Eriksen, Wake Forest, N.C., four bass, 12-1, $597

7th:          Jimmy Henderson, Wake Forest, N.C., three bass, 11-7, $543

8th:          Rodney Bell, Salisbury, N.C., five bass, 10-13, $488

9th:          Michael Bryant, Thomasville, N.C., four bass, 10-11, $434

10th:        Mike McDonald, Randleman, N.C., four bass, 10-2, $380

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com

Michael Belter of Reidsville, North Carolina, caught a bass weighing 6 pounds, 5 ounces – the biggest of the tournament in the pro division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $400.

 

Co-angler Landon Whicker

Whicker wins co-angler title

Landon Whicker of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, weighed in four bass totaling 14 pounds even Saturday to win the co-angler division and earn $1,628.

The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:          Landon Whicker, Winston-Salem, N.C., four bass, 14-0, $1,628

2nd:         Philip Morris Jr., Raleigh, N.C., four bass, 11-14, $814

3rd:          Chip Crews, Trinity, N.C., five bass, 11-12, $542

4th:          Dwayne Parton, Anderson, S.C., three bass, 9-9, $380

5th:          Brian Transon, Sherrills Ford, N.C., five bass, 9-4, $326

6th:          Mark Robertson, Henderson, N.C., three bass, 9-3, $298

7th:          Derek Sewell, Forest, Va., four bass, 8-1, $271

8th:          Nicholas Ireland, Raleigh, N.C., three bass, 6-12, $244

9th:          Will White, Wake Forest, N.C., four bass, 6-10, $217

10th:        Eric Jorgensen, Greensboro, N.C., three bass, 6-0, $190

Paul Foley of Mooresville, North Carolina, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 5 pounds, 7 ounces and earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $200.

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.

 

Tags: piedmont-division  high-rock-lake  headline-story  2016-07-09-high-rock-lake 

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