Garry Rogers Takes the D-14 Championship on Lake Norman
June 16, 2019, Mooresville, North Carolina: Garry Rogers of Statesville, NC won the Bass Pro Shops Fishing Tour Division 14 Championship presented by American Bass Anglers. Running out of McCrary Creek Access near Mooresville, NC Garry Rogers brought back 10 fish over two days that locked in the scales at 19.36 lbs. anchored by a 3.19 lb. kicker. For the victory, Garry took home a check for $902.00.
Garry Rogers’ primary weapons on days one and two where a whopper plopper and a jerk bait. He reported starting out fishing a square bill crank bait in muddy water to no avail, but once he got on the top water bite he was able to fill a limit pretty quickly. Garry started his day north of the HWY 150 bridge and progressed south toward McCrary Creek. He reported fishing many of the same areas on day two, just in a different order. Garry stated that he was very surprised that he was able to hold on to the lead. He felt he had left the door open thinking he needed more weight to secure the win.
Second place was claimed by Lance Eckford with 10 fish over two days and a total weight of 18.08 lbs. For his efforts, Lance took home $508.00 in prize money and earned Division Angler of the Year honors.
Lance Eckford fished top water early and a jig on docks later in the day both days. He fished the south end of the lake on day one and stayed near the ramp on day two fishing between Stumpy Creek and McCrary Creek.
William Sipe took third with 10 fish over two days and a total weight of 17.54 lbs. and took home $158.00 in prize money.
William Sipe used a shakey head worm fished around the HWY 150 bridge to catch the majority of his fish.
The Biggest Bass of the tournament was caught by William Sipe. He caught it up the river on a crank bait in muddy water on day two. His fish locked in the scales at 4.41 lbs. earning him $160.00.
1st Garry Rogers 19.36-lbs 2nd Lance Eckford 18.08-lbs 3rd William Sipe 17.54-lbs 4th Felix Snyder 16.49-lbs
The next tournament in this division will take place on TBD.
For more information on this event or division please contact local director Lance Eckford @ (919)628-3383 or visit www.americanbassanglers.com
These anglers earn valuable points toward the divisional angler of the year title. The points champion from each division will compete in the annual Bass Pro Shops Fishing Tour Angler of The Year Final Round at the Bass Pro Shops Fishing Tour Championship. In addition, the top 500 anglers from the various divisions will earn the right to compete in the three-day ABA, Bass Pro Shops National Championship tournament.
The Bass Pro Shops Fishing Tour offers low cost, close to home bass tournaments that are designed for the weekend angler. All 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 Bass Pro Shops Fishing Tour National Championship for this fall on Lake Eufaula, Alabama.
American Bass Anglers is sponsored by: Bass Pro Shops, Triton Boats, Mercury Marine, Nitro Boats, Tracker Boats, MotorGuide, Garmin, T-H Marine, Abu Garcia, Berkley, Engel Coolers, Four Roses Bourbon, Lucas Oil, Maui Jim, Optima Batteries and Power-Pole. Mailing address: American Bass Anglers, Inc, PO Box 475, Athens, AL 35612 PH (256) 232-0406.
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