SALISBURY, N.C. (June 23, 2008) â€“ Boater David Wright of Lexington, N.C., won the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League North Carolina Division tournament on High Rock Lake Saturday with a five-bass catch weighing 23 pounds, 12 ounces. The victory earned Wright $4,573 plus a $807 Ranger contingency bonus and placed him one step closer to qualifying for the Cherokee Lake Regional Championship in Morristown, Tenn., Oct. 16-18, where he could ultimately win a new 198VX Ranger boat and a Chevy truck.
â€œI caught four of the five fish I weighed in on a Zoom Z3 crankbait in chartreuse and one on a Zoom Old Monster,â€ Wright said. â€œI didnâ€™t have any great big fish, but I didnâ€™t have any little ones, either.â€
Wright said he weighed in a 6-pounder, 5-pounder and three 4-pounders, â€œgive or take a few ounces.â€ He focused on creeks in the morning, before moving to deeper water in the afternoon near the lower end of the lake towards the dam.
â€œI caught all the fish on stumps or rocks,â€ Wright said. â€œI usually catch a lot of fish on brush, but no fish were on brush, for some reasonâ€”Iâ€™m not sure why.â€
Rounding out the top five boaters are Danny Haire of Yadkinville, N.C. (five bass, 18-08, $2,690); Steve Shaw of Dallas, N.C. (five bass, 18-04, $1,794); Steve Sink of Winston-Salem, N.C. (five bass, 17-10, $1,255) and James Nance of Denton, N.C., and Roger Pope of Statesville, N.C. (five bass, 17-06, $1,031). Nance took home the Boater Division Snickers Big Bass award, earning $855 for a 7-pound, 2-ounce bass he caught on a buzz bait off banks in 2 feet of water. Charles Price of Bostic, N.C., earned $2,690 as the co-angler winner Saturday thanks to five bass weighing 13 pounds, 3 ounces that he caught on a shaky-head finesse worm on docks and points near the river.
Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Jason Brown of Zionville, N.C. (four bass, 13-00, $1,122); Eddie Yahya of Archdale, N.C. (five bass, 13-00, $1,122); Justin Burleson of Albemarle, N.C. (four bass, 12-07, $583) and David Jackson Wright of Mooresville, N.C. (five bass, 12-07, $583).
Lloyd Anderson of Hickory, N.C., earned $427 as the co-angler Big Bass winner after catching a 6-pound, 3-ounce bass he caught on a crankbait.
A two-day Super Tournament, the divisionâ€™s fifth and final event, will be held on Lake Norman in Terrell, N.C., Sept. 13-14.
*****from Jim Modlin senior writer GREENSBOROSports.com*****