Dyer, Morrison riding high on High Rock
ATHENS, Ala. – Steve Dyer and Robert L. “Stump” Morrison tied for the lead after the first day of competition in the Toyota Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, North Carolina Division 5 two-day divisional championship, held Sept. 14, 2013, on High Rock Lake.
Running out of Tamarac Marina in Salisbury, N. C., to fish the 15,180-acre lake, Dyer of Mount Pleasant, N.C., and Morrison of Winston Salem, N.C., each caught five bass weighing 17.56 pounds. Morrison anchored his bag with a 4.79-pound kicker.
Tim D. Grein of Winston Salem, N.C., sits in third place after bringing in a five-bass tournament limit going 17.21 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 4.83-pound kicker.
In fourth place for the boaters, Derek Cummings of Clayton, N.C., caught five bass going 16.67 pounds. Mike L. Miller of Archdale, N.C., holds the fifth place position after Day 1 with five-bass limit for 16.40 pounds. Paul G. Tsiolkas of Winston Salem, N.C., brought in five bass for 16.36 pounds and sixth place, but set the Day 1 tournament big bass standard with a 5.81-pounder.
In the Co-Angler Division, George V. Baucom of Charlotte, N.C., leads the pack from the back after one day of action with three bass going 9.86 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 4.07-pound kicker.
Sitting in second for the co-anglers, Alex Hester of Monroe, N.C., brought in a three-bass division limit for 9.40 pounds. He landed the biggest bass of any co-angler on the first day of competition, a 4.16-pound kicker.
Chris Teague of Lincolnton, N.C., holds third among the co-anglers with three bass going 8.56 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 3.34-pound kicker. Steve Cannon of Wilkesboro, N.C., occupies the fourth place position among the co-anglers with three bass for 7.73 pounds including a 3.42-pound kicker. Ethan J. Lyon of Elkin, N.C., completes the list of the top five co-anglers with three bass at 7.06 pounds.
The action continues on Sept. 15 to decide the division champions. The top anglers from this division, plus those from the Virginia, Maryland, New York and Ohio divisions advance to the two-day regional tournament, slated for Oct. 11-12, 2013, on the James River out of Chickahominy Riverfront Park near Williamsburg, Va.
After the four regional tournaments, the top anglers from those events will compete in the BWS National Championship tournament, scheduled for Nov. 6-9, 2013, on Old Hickory Lake near Hendersonville, Tenn. The Boater Division champion will compete in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic, set for Feb. 21-23 on Lake Guntersville, Ala.
For more information on this tournament, call Gary Conner, tournament manager, at 256-230-5627 or ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.
About American Bass Anglers: American Bass Anglers commitment is to provide low cost, close to home tournaments for the weekend angler and at the same time offer each competitor an upward path for individual angler progression. For more information about American Bass Anglers, visit www.americanbassanglers.com.