Digh Comes Out On Top On Kerr Lake
Rob Digh ran until he found enough fish to win the Toyota Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, North Carolina Division 5 tournament, held May 25, 2013, on Kerr Lake.
Running out of Nutbush Landing near Henderson to fish the nearly 50,000-acre lake, the 42-year-old angler from Denver, N.C., caught five bass weighing 14.18 pounds with a 3.57-pound kicker. For the Boater Division victory, Digh took home a check for $1,656.
“I’ve been coming to Kerr Lake for most of my life,” Digh revealed. “I had to do a lot of running to find some dirty water in the backs of pockets. I caught fish on a chatterbait, a jig and a few on a topwater. I caught about 30 fish and culled about nine times. I was fishing from three to five feet deep around shad spawning on the insides of points.”
In second for the boaters, Cavin Young of Prince George, Va., landed a five-bass tournament limit going 13.08 pounds. Mike L. Miller of Archdale, N.C., landed in third place among the boaters with a five-bass limit for 12.15 pounds. Robert “Stump” L. Morrison of Winston Salem, N.C., placed fourth among the boaters with five bass and 11.95 pounds anchored by a 2.79-pound kicker. Scott Hamrick of Denver, N.C., wrapped up the top five boaters with five bass for 11.74 pounds. Kent “Goat” Medlin of Jacksonville, N.C., set the lunker standard with a 4.50-pounder.
In the Co-Angler Division, Lee Grizzard, 59, of Middlesex, N.C., won with three bass at 6.40 pounds. He capped his catch with a 3.45-pound kicker to collect $768 in winnings.
“I have not fished this lake very much and didn’t get an opportunity to practice on it,” Grizzard confessed. “I caught four fish total. I caught my fish around docks and around trees in the backs of coves with chatterbaits.”
Taking second for the co-anglers, Robert Wells of Kill Devil Hills, N.C., brought in a three-bass division limit for 6.30 pounds including a 2.79-pound kicker. Rodney E. Vaow of Cornelius, N.C., finished third with a three-bass limit for 6.04 pounds, followed by Michael J. Jessup of King, N.C., with three bass and 5.61 pounds. Jeremy Bogard of Wilkesboro, N.C., rounded out the top five co-anglers with three bass going 5.54 pounds including one weighing 2.14 pounds.
Shane I. Sharpe of Charlotte, N.C., only landed one bass, but made it count. The 3.50-pounder earned Co-Angler Division big bass honors.
The next divisional tournament will be held June 29, 2013, out of Midway Marina near Terrell, N.C., to fish Lake Norman. For more information on this tournament, call Gary Conner, tournament manager, at 256-230-5627 or ABA at 256-232-0406. Online, see www.americanbassanglers.com.