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2014-03-15 09:41:51

Dyer opens season with Lake Norman win

ATHENS, Ala. – Stephen Dyer opened a new season in style by winning the American Bass Anglers Weekend Bass Series North Carolina Division 5 tournament, held March 15, 2014, on Lake Norman.

Running out of Pinnacle Ramp in Mooresville, N.C., the angler from Mount Pleasant, N.C., caught five bass weighing 16.82 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 4.60-pound kicker.

“I frequent Lake Norman quite a bit,” Dyer explained. “I caught some nice fish in practice, but it was slow. I fished a deep brush pile in a creek. In the back of the creek, I saw some bait move. The channel is about 16 feet deep there. My co-angler had a limit before I really started catching fish. I dug around for a similar swimbait and started catching fish. We fished that one spot from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.”

In second for the boaters, Jeffrey Queen of Catawba, N.C., landed a five-bass tournament limit going 15.19 pounds with a 4.44-pound kicker. Chad Poteat of Mount Airy, N.C., took third for the boaters with five bass going 13.90 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 4.11-pound kicker.

Finishing fourth, David J. Wright of Lexington, N.C., landed a five-bass limit for 13.48 pounds. Ron Farrow of Rock Hill, S.C., rounded out the top five boaters with five bass at 12.90 pounds. John N. Davis of Shelby, N.C., brought in the Boater Division lunker, a 4.73-pounder.

In the Co-Angler Division, Alex Hester, 25, of Monroe, N.C., won with three bass going 10.20 pounds. Fishing with Queen, he sealed his victory with a 3.77-pound kicker to pocket a check for $1,166.

“I don’t fish this lake very often,” Hester said. “I didn’t really get a chance to practice. Fortunately, I had a good partner who put me on fish. I tried a lot of different things, but the better fish came on 1/2-ounce spinnerbaits. I caught about 60 fish. I culled a lot of 2-pound fish.”

Taking second for the co-anglers, Heath Festerman of Chinagrove, N.C., brought in a three-bass division limit for 9.40 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 5.27-pound bucketmouth that took tournament big bass honors.
Doug S. File of Salisbury, N.C., placed third among the co-anglers with three bass going 8.69 pounds.

In fourth place, Shane I. Sharpe of Charlotte, N.C., brought in three bass for 8.30 pounds. David Hayworth of Kernersville, N.C., finished fifth with three bass at 8.22 pounds topped by a 4.24-pound kicker.

Slated for April 19, 2014, the next divisional tournament will be held on Lake Kerr out of Nutbush Landing near Henderson, N.C. 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.

At WBS events throughout the season, boater and co-angler competitors 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.

For more information on this tournament, call Gary Conner, tournament manager, at 256-230-5627 or ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see

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

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