Tarheels to open season on Lake Norman
ATHENS, Ala. – The North Carolina Division 5 of the American Bass Anglers Weekend Bass Series will hold its 2014 season opener March 15 on Lake Norman.
The competitors will launch at Pinnacle Ramp, located off Highway 150 in Mooresville, N.C. Anglers may begin fishing at safe light. Registration begins at 4 p.m. March 14. To register for this tournament, see www.americanbassanglers.com/proddetail.php?prod=788.
To enter, anglers fishing the Boater Division pay $200 with co-anglers paying $100. In addition, ABA members enjoy these other these other benefits:
- No more dual membership to fish the Weekend Bass Series.
- No more credit card processing fees for tournament entries.
- Liability insurance requirements have been reduced to an acceptable level for weekend anglers.
- Increased payback at divisional events from 20 percent of the field to 25 percent of the field.
Anglers fishing the Boater Division may weigh in up to five bass. Co-anglers may weigh in up to three bass. Anglers will need a North Carolina fishing license. For North Carolina fishing license information, see www.ncwildlife.org/Licensing/HuntingFishingTrappingLicenses.aspx or call 888-248-6834.
In addition to cash prizes for top finishers, boater and co-angler competitors fishing this tournament and WBS events throughout the season may also win hefty bonuses from such sponsors as Triton Boats, Mercury Outboards, Royal Purple, MotorGuide and T-H Marine. See the manufacturer web sites for specific details on how to qualify for these bonuses.
At the end of the season, the best WBS anglers from across the nation will fish the 2014 Ray Scott Championship, slated for Wheeler Lake in Decatur, Ala., from Nov. 15-18. The champion boater will receive $100,000 and possibly up to $50,000 in Triton Gold Bonus money. The co-angler champion will win $50,000 and possibly up to $25,000 in Triton Gold Bonus money.
As a special Ray Scott Championship bonus, the Boater Division and Co-Angler Division champions will each receive entry fees and sponsorship into the one of two professional bass fishing series of the angler’s choice. The sponsorship includes entry fees into three professional events and sponsorship support. This sponsorship will put the champion within striking distance of one of two professional bass fishing championships.
One of the best bass lakes in the nation, Lake Norman ranks Number 91 on the 2013 Bassmaster magazine list of the top 100 bass waters in the United States. The lake produces abundant catches of 1- to 2-pound bass with some larger fish, plus an enormous amount of Kentucky spotted bass. Some fish range in the 5- to 8-pound class.
The largest lake completely within North Carolina, Lake Norman covers 32,475 acres on the Catawba River near Charlotte. Named for Norman Cocke, former president of Duke Power, the hydroelectric power source lake contains more than 520 miles of shoreline. The lake offers anglers varied shallow and deep cover including numerous docks, ledges, rocks and wood.
During the March 24, 2012, BWS tournament on Lake Norman, Tracey R. Adams of Wilksboro, N.C., won the Boater Division with a five-bass tournament limit weighing 14.08 pounds. Adams caught fish on watermelon seed soft plastics. Rob Digh of Denver, N.C., won the tournament big bass title with a 4.24-pounder.
In the Co-Angler Division during that tournament, John D. Miller of Statesville, N.C., landed a three-fish division limit going 7.36 pounds. He caught most of his fish on a shaky head with a worm. Chris K. Fabrizio of Kernersville, N.C., won Co-Angler Division lunker honors with a 2.85-pounder.
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 is committed to providing 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, the Weekend Bass Series, the American Fishing Tour or the American Couples Series, visit www.americanbassanglers.com.