Federation Nation President Takes Gaston Win
BASS Federation North Carolina President Chuck Murray takes the boater win on Lake Gaston Saturday event by almost 8 pounds using a Jig. The event was held out of Americamps who provided great support to the event.
The weather leading up to the event was stable and the fish had been feeding all week for anyone that was pre-fishing. Anglers came from as far as Pennsylvania to fish this event. Try as they might though, they could not surpass North Carolina’s Federation Nation President, Chuck Murray of Louisburg, NC. “I live about 45 minutes from the lake. I am a weekend warrior who has a full-time job as Franklin County’s Finance Director and am currently the President of the NC B.A.S.S. Federation Nation. My practice time included the last two weekends where I fished two tournaments, winning one of them. I fish mostly team tournaments. I have fished many years on Gaston Lake. This is the first weekend series event I have ever fished” said Chuck.
“I would like to thank Triton Boats, Mercury Marine, MotorGuide, and Lowrance for sponsoring the NC B.A.S.S. Federation Nation and the B.A.S.S. Weekend Series and especially ABA and B.A.S.S. for putting this weekend series together” Chuck continued.
All week the bite has developed later in the day. Anglers were seeing excellent results early in the week and found conditions getting tougher and tougher the closer we got to the event. The added pressure on the fish made them a little weary and an approaching front seemed to contribute to tough conditions for many of the anglers. None the less my hat is off to the anglers for bringing in 262 fish that weighed a total of 675 pounds! 100% of those fish were released alive after a brief reconditioning in the Triton Live Release boat.
When asked about his method of patterning and catching his fish, Chuck said “The day began tough for me with catching only two small fish weighing about 3.5lbs by 10:30 in the morning. Then it happened. I tried a new spot and they were there. I caught a 4.5 pounder, a 5.5 pounder and a 6.5 pounder on almost back to back casts. I felt like Kevin Van Dam for about 10 minutes.”
Chuck claimed the guaranteed first place purse of $5000 with a five fish limit that went 26.08 pounds! He left the remainder of the field in the dust with second place angler Todd Sumner almost 8 pounds behind with 18.29 pounds.
“I ended the day with my last big fish, a 6.86 pounder I think I had lost two weeks earlier on a stump in about five feet of water. I hit that stump four times during the day and at 1:30pm, she was there. I had my sack! I caught about 15 keepers during the day and most of my fish came from 7 foot or less on rocks, stumps and docks near points.”
“I caught my fish on an Outlaw Lure jig made by Louie Hull in Casar, NC and a Lucky Craft crank bait. I would like to thank James Finch Motors and Boats Unlimited for sponsoring my Team in Team Tournaments and thank the Lord Jesus Christ for blessing me with this win!”
On the co-angler side of the event Fader, Virginia’s James Jack captured the win with three fish that went a very impressive 12.82 pounds.
Chester, Virginia’s Tommy Little had the biggest fish of the event claiming the $325 big fish pool with an 8.59 pound lunker.
The next event for the Virginia Division of the Bassmaster Weekend Series will be 5 April on the Chickahominy and James Rivers, launching from Chickahominy Riverfront Park in Williamsburg, Virginia.