Adams off to a good start in North Carolina
ATHENS, Ala. – Fighting intermittent rainfall, Tracey R. Adams opened the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, North Carolina Division 5 season with a win.
Running out of Midway Marina near Terrell on March 24, 2012, to fish Lake Norman, Adams caught five bass weighing 14.08 pounds to seal the Boater Division victory. The 38-year-old angler from Wilksboro, N.C., caught about 20 fish during the tournament.
“I found a few good bedding fish in practice,” Adams said. “I caught them on a watermelon seed or a white Speed Craw. After catching the fish off the beds, I started flipping docks.”
In second for the boaters, Rob Digh of Denver, N.C., brought in a tournament limit of five bass for 12.83 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 4.24-pounder that won tournament big bass honors.
Charles A. Whitaker of Troutman, N.C., took third among the boaters with five bass and 12.78 pounds including a 3.10-pound kicker. Randy A. Childers of Anderson, S.C., landed a five-bass limit for 12.54 pounds, followed by Derek Cummings of Clayton, N.C., with five bass and 12 pounds for fifth place.
In the Co-Angler Division, John D. Miller, 41, of Statesville, N.C., won with three bass and 7.36 pounds. Fishing his home lake, he earned $974 for the effort.
“My boater was very good and found some good places,” Miller said. “I caught my fish on a shaky head with a worm. I caught about 15 fish and culled six times.”
Chris K. Fabrizio of Kernersville, N.C., took second among the co-anglers with a three-bass division limit weighing 6.14 pounds. He padded his catch with a 2.85-pounder that won the division lunker title.
Charles L. Bowman II of Kernersville, N.C., placed third among the co-anglers with three bass and 6.04 pounds capped by a 2.74-pound kicker. Robbie L. Lane of Granite Falls, N.C., finished fourth with three bass and 5.65 pounds, followed by Robert “Sheldon” S. Hipps of Troutman, N.C., with three bass and 5.60 pounds.
For more information on this tournament, call Gary Conner at (256) 230-5627 or ABA at (888) 203-6222. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.
-- John N. Felsher
About American Bass Anglers: The Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series provides weekend anglers a professionally operated competitive tour with a path the world championship of bass fishing the Bassmaster Classic. 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 and the American Fishing Tour, The Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series or the American Couples Series, visit www.americanbassanglers.com.