Toler Wins on Lake Norman
Athens, Al - Kevin Toler of Statesville, NC won the American Fishing Tour division 14 tournament on Lake Norman in Mooresville, NC with five fish weighing 13.31 pounds held on 03/31/2018.
It was another cool start on Lake Norman with temperatures in the upper 30’s and winds out of the NNE at 5 to 10 mph, shifting to SW at 5mph about mid day. A field of 27 anglers turned out to fish, and face tough post frontal conditions. The anglers enjoyed sunny skies throughout the day, with temperatures topping out in the mid 60’s. Water conditions varied throughout the lake with stained water from upper lake to mid lake, and gin clear conditions on the south end of the lake. Water temps varied from the low 50’s to low 60’s depending on where you were on the lake.
Despite tough conditions, Kevin Toler of Statesville, NC was able to put together a winning strategy. He reported starting his morning cranking and throwing a spinnerbait up the river in stained water. He was able to bag a respectable limit by mid day, and move south to the mid lake area where he was able to upgrade his catch by throwing a jig and a wacky rigged senko around piers. Kevin earned himself $660.00 for his efforts, and valuable points towards an invite to the National Championship on Lake Hartwell in October of this year.
Our other top anglers were 2nd place, Tim Eplee of Etowah, NC with 5 fish weighing in at 12.54 pounds, worth, $404.00. 3rd place went to Richard Bradford of Hoffman, NC with 5 fish weighing in at 12.36 pounds, worth $144.00. Richard also took big bass honors worth $135.00. 4th place went to Lance Zertuche with 5 fish weighing in at 10.42 pounds, worth $115.00..
Congratulations to our top finishers. Division 14’s next events will be held back to back on April 14th and 15th. The first event is on Tuckertown Lake out of Flat Creek access on Saturday, and on Sunday Badin Lake out of Circle Drive access.
Top five Anglers:
1.Kevin Toler 13.31lbs
2. Tim Eplee 12.54lbs
3. Richard Bradford 12.36lbs
4. Lance Zertuche 10.42lbs
5. Thomas Tucker 10.25lbs
Big Bass winner: Richard Bradford 3.97 pounds
Next Event: The next tournament in division 14 is scheduled for April 14th on Tuckertown Lake out of Flat Creek Access.
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 AFT Championship. In addition, the top 500 anglers from the various divisions will earn the right to compete in the three-day ABA, AFT National Championship tournament.
The 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 American Fishing Tour National Championship
About American Bass Anglers: American Bass Anglers is committed to providing 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, the ABA Open Series, the American Fishing Tour or the American Couples Series, visit www.americanbassanglers.com.
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