Morrison earns victory on High Rock Lake
ATHENS, Ala. – Robert L. “Stump” Morrison edged out his competition to win the Toyota Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, North Carolina Division 5 two-day divisional championship, held Sept. 14-15, 2013, on High Rock Lake.
Running out of Tamarac Marina in Salisbury, N.C., to fish the 15,180-acre lake, the Winston Salem, N.C., angler finished with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 34.85 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 5.22-pound kicker. On the first day, Morrison tied for the lead with Steve Dyer of Mount Pleasant, N.C. On Day 1, each of them caught 17.56 pounds. Morrison anchored his bag with a 4.79-pound kicker.
“This is my home lake,” said Morrison, a retired U.S. Army veteran. “I practiced one day for the tournament. On the first day, I went up the river and threw a blue and white spinnerbait. I caught seven fish. I had a limit at 9:20 a.m. At 11 a.m., I went looking for bigger fish. On the second day, I caught eight fish off a Strike King KVD Redeye Shad.”
On the second day, Morrison eased ahead of Dyer with a 17.29-pound bag. Dyer brought in a 13.85-pound bag, dropping to second place. Dyer finished with a two-day total of 10 bass for 31.41 pounds. For the Boater Division victory, Morrison took home a check for $2,017.
Slightly behind Dyer, Paul G. Tsiolkas of Winston Salem, N.C., finished third among the boaters with two consecutive five-bass tournament daily limits going 31.14 pounds. On the first day, Tsiolkas brought in 16.36 pounds for sixth place, but set the tournament big bass standard with a 5.81-pounder. On Day 2, he landed a 14.78-pound bag to earn $100 for the big bass.
Clayton Williams of Taylorsville, N.C., finished fourth among the boaters with a two-day limit of 10 bass going 29.34 pounds including a 4.45-pound kicker. On the first day, Williams brought in 13.08 pounds to hold seventh place. He jumped three spots on the last day with a 16.29-pound bag.
In fifth for the boaters, Derek Cummings of Clayton, N.C., rounded out the top five boaters with 10 bass at 29.30 pounds. He held fourth place on Day 1 with 16.67 pounds, but dropped a notch on Day 2 after a 12.63-pound effort.
Charles L. Bowman II of Kernersville, N.C., placed ninth among the boaters with eight bass weighing 20.02 pounds. As the highest finishing Royal Purple Royal Rewards participant boater in the event, he won a valuable prize package from Royal Purple. As a Royal Purple Level 3 participant, Bowman won a gallon of Royal Purple oil, a Royal Purple hat, a quart of Royal Purple Max Gear Lube, an ABA membership renewal and a Freedom Pass for next season.
In addition, Bowman won another Royal Purple hat, gallon of oil, quart of gear lube, a one-year extension on his ABA membership and another Freedom Pass in a drawing. Mike R. McMillan of Greensboro, N.C., also won a Royal Purple hat, gallon of oil, quart of gear lube and a Freedom Pass in a drawing.
In the Co-Angler Division, Ethan J. Lyon of Elkin, N.C., won with six bass going 14.92 pounds. He held fifth place on Day 1 with 7.06 pounds. He sealed his victory with a 7.86-pound effort on Day 2 to pocket a check for $1,065.
“On the first day, I caught my best fish on a square-billed crankbait,” Lyon said. “I caught most of my fish on a Strike King Redeye Shad. On the second day, I threw a Redeye Shad most of the day. At about 1 p.m., I caught my second fish and added a third fish at about 2 p.m. Both of those came off a jig. I culled one bass on the first day and two on the second day.”
Taking second for the co-anglers, Chris Teague of Lincolnton, N.C., brought in five bass for 13.33 pounds including a 3.34-pound kicker. Teague held third on Day 1 with 8.56 pounds and added 4.77 pounds on the last day to move up one notch.
In third place for the co-anglers, Charles Wood of Thomasville, N.C., landed two consecutive three-bass daily division limits for 12.95 pounds. He held seventh place on Day 1 with 5.87 pounds and added 7.08 pounds on the final day.
Day 1 leader George V. Baucom of Charlotte, N.C., finished fourth among the co-anglers with four bass for 11.45 pounds. On the first day, Baucom brought in 9.86 pounds including a 4.07-pound kicker. He caught one 1.59-pounder on the final day to drop three places.
Alex Hester of Monroe, N.C., finished in fifth place with four bass at 11.38 pounds. He held second place among the co-anglers on Day 1 with 9.40 pounds, anchored by a 4.16-pounder, the biggest bass landed by any co-angler on the first day. He caught one bass weighing 1.98 pounds on the final day to slip three places.
Robbie L. Lane of Granite Falls, N.C., finished in sixth place among the co-anglers with four bass tallying 10.89 pounds. However, one of his bass, a 4.73-pounder, earned the division big bass title and a check for $45.
James D. Barber of Charlotte, N.C., placed 10th among the co-anglers with four bass weighing 8.04 pounds. As the highest finishing Royal Purple Royal Rewards participant co-angler in the event, he won a valuable prize package from Royal Purple. As a Royal Purple Level 1 participant, he won a gallon of Royal Purple oil and a Royal Purple hat.
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.