Ray Shelton Takes the win on Badin Lake
3/14/2020 New London, NC: Ray Shelton of Kernersville, NC won the Bass Pro Shops Fishing Tour Division 14 tournament presented by American Bass Anglers. Running out of Circle Drive near New London, NC. Ray brought back 4 fish that locked in the scales at 13.5 pounds anchored by a 6.51-pound kicker. For the victory, Ray Shelton took home a check for $543.00.
Ray reported catching the majority of his fish on a spinnerbait and stayed near the launch area.
Second place was claimed by Lance Eckford with 5 fish and a total weight of 12.54 pounds. For his efforts Lance took home $329.00 in prize money.
Lance reported catching his fish in laydowns in the mid lake area pitching soft plastics Texas rigged.
Terry Royston took third with 5 fish and a total weight of 12.25 pounds and took home $108.00 in prize money.
Terry reported catching his fish on a shallow crankbait about halfway back in cuts off the main lake.
The Biggest Bass of the tournament was caught by Ray Shelton. His fish locked in the scales at 6.51 lbs.
Top five finishers:
1. Ray Shelton 13.50lbs
2. Lance Eckford 12.54lbs
3. Terry Royston 12.25lbs
4. Chris Barker 12.10lbs
5. Jose Henriquez 11.92lbs
The next tournament in this division will take place on April 4th launching from Hagar Creek Access.
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 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 AFT 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 American Fishing Tour National Championship.
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, Monster Energy, Lucas Oil, Maui Jim, Optima Batteries, Hotel Planner.com and Power-Pole. Mailing address: American Bass Anglers, Inc, PO Box 475, Athens, AL 35612 PH (256) 232-0406.
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