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6/12/2017

Tucker Wins 2 Day on Lake Norman

Thomas A. Tucker won the RAM American Fishing Tour division 14 Championship on Lake Norman in Mooresville, NC held on 06/10 and 6/11/2017.

Thomas A. Tucker of Cabin Creek, WV is one step closer to the RAM American Fishing Tour National Championship with a first place win on Lake Norman this past weekend. Tucker weighed in ten bass, which weighed 24.00 pounds. 

Second place went to Lance Eckford of Troutman, NC with ten bass weighing 21.26 pounds. 

Third place went to Robert Majerick of Eden, NC with 10 bass weighing in at 19.95 pounds.  

Overall the fishing was pretty good on Lake Norman.  All the anglers were able to bring fish back to the scales, and the weather while warm was very nice with mid 60’s in the mornings and upper 80’s in the afternoon.  The winds were light and variable with skies mostly clear.  Getting around a busy lake Norman on a beautiful weekend can be a little challenging for the anglers, but luckily everyone was able to make it back in safely and enjoy catching some of the bass that Lake Norman has to offer. 

Our top two anglers reported fishing similar patterns by capitalizing on a good top water bite early and transitioning to a jig later in the day.  T. A. Tucker was using a walking top water bait, and Lance was using a buzz bait, the jig of choice for both anglers was a Muffin Top jig in either a 7/16 or 9/16 oz. size.  Color didn’t seem to matter as much as location for either angler.  The key was to be in areas that had lots of bream activity.

Big bass honors went to T. A. Tucker, He weighed in a 4.37 pound largemouth on day 2 to beat out Jerry Stone of Sherrils Ford, NC who also had a kicker on day two that weighed 3.95 pounds.  In total Tucker was able to bring home $716.00 in winnings.  Lance Eckford earned $256.00 for his efforts as well as accruing enough points to take home the Divisional Angler of the Year Award.  Congratulations to our lucky winners this weekend.
 
Division 14 would like to thank Charles Whitaker, owner of Muffin Top Jigs for sponsoring our Championship event and providing some great products to our anglers.  His hand made jigs are some of the best you can get and are very affordable.  You can order yours by contacting Muffin Top Jigs at (704)488-3856, or you can get them in the Lake Norman area at Dry Pond Tackle near Beatties Ford Ramp.  We also want to thank Operation North State for their continued support as well as the tremendous contribution they make each year to our veterans.  If you have the chance to support Operation North State or participate in some of their fishing events throughout the year in North Carolina, please do.  They do a great job of helping and supporting our veterans.  If you want to get involved, contact Terry Snyder at snydert33@yahoo.com or check out their website at www.operationnorthstate.com.

That wraps up another successful season for Division 14.  Good luck to all the anglers still competing out there.  We’ll get a 2018 season schedule out soon.  Until then, thanks for supporting us and we look forward to seeing you soon on the RAM American Fishing Tour!
 
Top Three Anglers:

1. Thomas Tucker    24.00lbs

2. Lance Eckford        21.26lbs

3. Robert Majerick    19.95lbs

Next Event:  Schedule to be published no later than Aug. 31st 2017.

For information about this division and future events visit Americanbassanglers.com or contact the local director for North Carolina-Charlotte – Lance Eckford at (919)628-3383.

These anglers earn valuable points toward the divisional angler of the year title. The points champion from each division will compete in the annual American Bass Anglers AFT Angler of The Year Final Round at the RAM AFT Championship. In addition, the top 500 anglers from the various divisions will earn the right to compete in the three-day ABA, RAM AFT National Championship tournament.

American Bass Anglers, Inc. is supported by Ram Trucks, Triton Boats, Mercury Outboards, Carlisle Tires, GEICO, Berkley, Abu Garcia, T-H Marine, Livingston Lures, Best Western Hotels, Maui Jim, Power Pole, LiT Coolers, Simms, Garmin, and Divide-It. American Bass Anglers, Inc. can be contacted at (256) 232-0406 or by visiting americanbassanglers.com

 

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Division Date Lake  
Mississippi - Ross Barnett 12/15/2017 Ross Barnett
South Carolina - Savannah River 12/16/2017 Savannah River
Alabama Lay Lake - Logan Martin 12/16/2017 Logan Martin
Georgia Central 12/16/2017 Sinclair
Alabama North 12/16/2017 Guntersville
Louisiana - Shreveport 12/16/2017 Caddo
Arkansas 12/16/2017 Ouachita
Georgia - Blackshear 12/16/2017 Blackshear
Northeast Tennessee 12/16/2017 Norris
South Carolina Northwest 12/17/2017 Clarks Hill
Florida - St Johns North 12/17/2017 St. Johns
Kansas South 12/17/2017 Coffey Co. SFL
Alabama Northwest 12/23/2017 Wilson Lake
Alabama Central 12/30/2017 Martin
Northeast Tennessee 12/30/2017 Cherokee
Texas - Central 1/06/2018 Lake Waco
Florida - West 1/06/2018 Toho
Florida Harris Chain 1/06/2018 Harris Chain
South Carolina - Greenwood 1/07/2018 Clarks Hill
Florida - Seminole 1/07/2018 Seminole
South Carolina - Savannah River 1/13/2018 Savannah River
Louisiana - Toledo Bend South 1/13/2018 Toledo Bend
Mississippi Gulf Coast 1/13/2018 Back Bay
Georgia Central 1/13/2018 Oconee
Alabama - Mobile 1/13/2018 Tensaw
Alabama North 1/13/2018 Guntersville
Florida - Istokpoga South 1/13/2018 Lake Istokpoga
Arkansas 1/13/2018 Hamilton
Alabama Northwest 1/13/2018 Wheeler Lake
Northeast Tennessee 1/13/2018 Norris
Florida - St Johns North 1/14/2018 Santa Fe
Louisiana - Shreveport 1/17/2018 Cross
North Central Louisiana 1/20/2018 Claiborne
Texas - Houston 1/20/2018 Conroe
Georgia - Blackshear 1/20/2018 Blackshear
Arkansas North 1/20/2018 Greers Ferry
Texas - Sam Rayburn North 1/21/2018 Sam Rayburn
Florida - Toho 1/21/2018 Toho
Alabama Lay Lake - Logan Martin 1/27/2018 Lay Lake
Georgia Central 1/27/2018 Sinclair
Georgia North 1/27/2018 Allatoona
Alabama Central 1/27/2018 Martin
Georgia East 1/28/2018 Clarks Hill

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3/04/2018 Neely Henry
5/20/2018 Wheeler
7/01/2018 Weiss

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2/18/2018 Kentucky
4/22/2018 Kentucky
5/13/2018 Old Hickory
9/23/2018 Kentucky

 

 

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