Sink Hits Them Hard on High Rock
ATHENS, Ala. – Steve Sink takes the win to wrap up the 2-day event for the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, North Carolina Division 5 championship tournament, held Aug. 18-19, 2012, on High Rock Lake.
Running out of Tamarac Marina, the Winston Salem angler brought in 10 bass weighing 29.07 pounds. At the end of Day 1 Sink was sitting in third with a 13.09 pound bag but came back to hit them hard on Day 2 with a catch of 15.98 Pounds to seal the win with a total of 29.07 pounds bringing home a check for $2,439.
“I live in Winston but I have a place here. I been fishing this lake for about 35 years and I’ve put a lot of brush in and most of my fish today came off the brush I put in. I was fishing with a jig and caught about 15 keepers today.” “I want to thank my wife for letting me fish as much as I do.”
In second, Stephen “Steve” Dyer of Mt. Pleasant, NC, was ten for ten with two strong days of fishing for a total weight of 26.25 pounds. Dyer reeled in 12.84 pounds on Day 1 and finished up with 13.41 pounds, placing him comfortably in second. Dyer has two second place finishes this season and tied for first place Divisional Champion with 1466 points in the North Carolina Division.
Robert Walser of Lexington, NC, followed in third with a two-day limit of 10 bass for 20.97 pounds earning his second top-3 finish in this division. He caught almost two days of identical bags, 10.20 pounds on Day 1 and 10.77 pounds on Day 2.
Joshua Sanders of Morganton, NC, had a close forth place finish among jthe boaters bringing to the scales a two-day total of 20.90 pounds.
Finishing in 12th place, Derek Cummings of Clayton, NC, was honored with the big bass trophy for his 4.54 lunker. Cummings is tied for the boater points champion in the North Carolina Division 5 with a five tournament total of 1466 points.
In the Co-Angler Division, Rick Strelec of Thomasville, NC, took a large lead with 9.82 pounds on Day 1. Not so well for Day 2 with 2.19 pounds but managed to hold on for the victory earning him a check for $1,262. This was his second top finish for the year on the co-angler side of competition.
“I fish here occasionally so I would say that I’m a local but I don’t know if I would call it my home lake, I just don’t fish it enough. I came out the previous two weeks learning some things I probably should have already known and I think it paid off for me.”
Another angler from Thomasville, NC, Charles Wood followed in second with five bass totaling11.55 pounds. Bringing in 4.93 on Day 1 made him work a little harder on Day 2 with 6.62 pounds to secure his finish.
The third place finish belongs to Charles Bowman II of Kernersville, NC, with five bass for a two-day total of 10.96 pounds. His larger bag came on Day 1 with 7.53 pounds and wrapped up Day 2 with 3.43 pounds. Bowman has been successful this season with a win on High Rock in April, three times in the third place and the lowest finish of 8th on Kerr. Bowman is also the Divisional Champion with 1485 points.
Forth place belongs to Shane Sharpe of Charlotte, with a two-day total of 10.79 pounds. Donald Griffin had the biggest bass amongst both the boaters and co-anglers in the divisional with a 5.60-pounder.
For more information on this tournament, call Gary Conner at (256) 230-5627 or call ABA at (256) 232-0406. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.
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.