UPCOMING EVENT: YETI College Fishing - 2019 - Sam Rayburn Reservoir


Guins Grinds it Out on Kerr

Jonathon Guins

Jonathon Guins of Wendell, North Carolina, weighed a two-day cumulative of eight bass totaling 24 pounds, 13 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Piedmont Division tournament on Kerr Lake presented by Navionics. For his win, Guins earned $8,011.


Guins fished a 2- to 3-mile stretch midlake to catch his fish. He says he focused on points and smaller pockets, and was able to put nine keepers in his boat throughout the weekend.


“I caught the majority of my fish on a natural-colored topwater bait in 3 to 6 feet of water,” says Guins, who earned his second BFL victory on Kerr Lake. “I only caught three keepers Saturday and six keepers on Sunday. I needed to have wind on the points, and it was a little windier on Sunday.”


Guins also used a Carolina-rigged Zoom Trick Worm and that the bite was best during the mid- to late-morning hours.


“The area I was fishing had quality fish, but not the quantity,” says Guins. “It was a tough tournament. I had to keep my head down and grind it out.”


The top 10 boaters:


1st:          Jonathon Guins, Wendell, N.C., eight bass, 24-13, $6,011 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus


2nd:         Mark Inman, Greensboro, N.C., 10 bass, 22-14, $3,206


3rd:          Chris Baldwin, Lexington, N.C., 10 bass, 22-11, $2,002


4th:          Jason Houchins, Clarksville, Va., eight bass, 21-1, $1,503


5th:          Kay Choosakul, Lillington, N.C., nine bass, 20-2, $1,202


6th:          Billy Shelton III, La Crosse, Va., seven bass, 19-13, $1,102


7th:          James Wall, Greensboro, N.C., eight bass, 19-4, $1,002


8th:          Scott Hamrick, Denver, N.C., nine bass, 18-14, $902


9th:          Daniel Wicker, Hillsborough, N.C., nine bass, 18-9, $1,627


10th:        Scooter Lilley, Williamston, N.C., eight bass, 18-5, $701


Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.  


Wicker caught a 5-pound, 10-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the Big Bass award of $825.


Co-angler Craig Wright


Wright wins co-angler title


Craig Wright of Rustburg, Virginia, caught a two-day total of eight bass weighing 18 pounds, 10 ounces, to win the Co-angler Division and $3,199.


The top 10 co-anglers:


1st:          Craig Wright, Rustburg, Va., eight bass, 18-10, $3,199


2nd:         James Hastings, Holly Springs, N.C., six bass, 16-9, $1,499


3rd:          Joe Westmoreland, Greensboro, N.C., eight bass, 16-7, $1,046


4th:          Jason Hinger, Timberlake, N.C., seven bass, 14-13, $700


5th:          Mark Robertson, Henderson, N.C., six bass, 14-6, $600


6th:          Stacy Metz, Staley, N.C., seven bass, 14-6, $550


7th:          Lenny Baird, Stafford, Va., five bass, 13-3, $500


8th:          Robert Tysinger, Coats, N.C., five bass, 12-7, $450


9th:          Thomas Hirsch, Powhatan, Va., six bass, 12-7, $400


10th:        Randy Ruffin, Norfolk, Va., six bass, 11-15, $350


Mark Whitman of Elon, North Carolina, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division – a fish weighing 5 pounds, 5 ounces – and earned the Co-angler Big Bass award of $405.


The T-H Marine FLW BFL Piedmont Division tournament on Kerr Lake was hosted by the Vance County Department of Tourism.


The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 12-14 BFL Regional Championship on the James River in Williamsburg, Virginia. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard.

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