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9/19/2017

Lance Eckford Takes the win on Norman

Lance Eckford of Troutman, NC won the RAM American Fishing Tour, presented by American Bass Anglers North Carolina – Charlotte Division 14 tournament held September 16th ,2017 on Lake Norman.  Blasting off from McCrary Creek Access Area Lance brought back a five fish limit that locked in the scales at 8.74 lbs. Lance took home $249 for his first place finish, and moved one step closer to the RAM American Fishing Tour National Championship.
 

Second place went to Wayne Skipworth of Greensboro, NC with five bass weighing in at 7.84 lbs. He took home $94.00 for his efforts.

Third place went to William Sipe of Albemarle, NC with five bass weighing 7.45 pounds.  

At launch time the temperatures were in the upper 60's with cloudy skies and light variable winds. The day’s conditions continued with partly cloudy skies, north winds at 5 mph, and temperatures topping out in the upper 80's. Water temperatures were in the mid to upper 70's. 
 
The winning pattern came fishing top water early then transitioning to brush and rock piles in 20 to 30 feet of water with a soft plastic presentation.  Lance caught two of his 5 keepers on top water, then rounded out a limit with a drop shot rig, and culled one last time late in the day with a Muffin top Jig.  

Congratulations to our winners. 

Top three Anglers:
1. Lance Eckford         8.74lbs
2. Wayne Skipworth    7.84lbs
3. William Sipe            7.45lbs

 Big bass honors went to Wayne Skipworth of Greensboro, NC who caught a 3.61 pound largemouth, that was worth $30.00.

Next Event: The next tournament in division 14 is scheduled for Nov 4th on High Rock Lake out of Southmont Access off of NC Hwy 8.

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 are earning valuable points toward the divisional angler of the year title. The points champion from each division will compete in the annual Ram American Bass Anglers AFT Angler of the Year Final Round at the Ram American Fishing Tour National Championship.

The Ram American Fishing Tour offers low cost, close to home bass tournaments that are designed for the weekend angler. All ABA anglers fish for money and points. The points advance the angler to their divisional championship and the top 500 anglers in the US are invited to the Ram American Fishing Tour National Championship. For more information on American Bass Anglers please visit www.americanbassanglers.com or call (256)232-0406.

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, Simms, Garmin, Divide-It, and SiriusXM Marine Weather. American Bass Anglers, Inc. can be contacted at (256) 232-0406 or by visiting americanbassanglers.com
 

 

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