Dyer Scores Victory in Tough High Rock Event

Dyer Scores Victory in Tough High Rock Event
Steve Dyer found a hidden gem and mined it to win the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, North Carolina Division 5 tournament, held April 6, 2013, on High Rock Lake.Running out of Tamarac Marina in Salisbury, N.C., to fish the 15,180-acre lake, the Mount Pleasant, N.C., angler caught five bass weighing 19.57 pounds with a 6.14-pound kicker to seal his Boater Division victory. Catching only five keepers, his bass averaged 3.91 pounds.“I only caught one 12-inch fish in three days of practice,” Dyer said. “In the tournament, I went to the back of a creek I know. With the water high, I knew it would be tough to get under the bridge. I knew I’d have the place to myself so I could fish it slowly and pick it apart. I was targeting deeper rock banks on the way to some spawning flats with a jig and a creature bait. We were sitting in 14 feet of water. I threw it up toward the bank and worked it out slowly to about 10 feet of water. I caught a total of six fish, but only five keepers.”In second for the boaters, Mike L. Miller of Trinity, N.C., brought in the only other five-fish tournament limit of the event. His five keepers weighed 18.95 pounds. His biggest fish tipped the scales at 5.08 pounds.Robert “Stump” L. Morrison Jr., of Winston Salem, N.C., landed four keepers for 17.02 pounds. His biggest bass weighed 7.02 pounds, big enough to take the tournament lunker honors.In fourth for the boaters, James Blankenship of Lexington, N.C., brought in four bass for 10.71 pounds. Tommy Jones of Salisbury, N.C., landed two bass for 9.17 pounds with a 6.24-pound kicker for fifth place.In the Co-Angler Division, Charles Wood of Thomasville, N.C., found the only three-bass division limit. His three bass weighed 13.70 pounds for a 4.57-pound average. He anchored his catch with a 5.30-pounder to take the division big bass title.“This is my home lake, but I only get to fish it about six times a year,” Wood said. “I flipped a jig half the day and couldn’t get a bite. Then, I picked up a spinnerbait and caught all my fish in an hour and 20 minutes. I only had three bites all day, but they were all quality bites. The fish were from two feet to 10 feet deep. On steeper banks, I let the spinner flutter down and slow-rolled it along the bottom.”Alberto “Nick” Nickles of Swansboro, N.C., placed second among the co-anglers with two bass at 7.15 pounds including a 3.83-pound kicker. Travis “TLive” A. Lively of Hardy, Va., finished third with two bass weighing 4.51 pounds including one 2.44-pounder. Jordan W. Venable of Welcome, N.C., caught one bass weighing 4.01 pounds, followed by Chris L. Terry of Dallas, N.C., with one bass going 2.63 pounds.For more information on these tournaments, call Gary Conner, tournament manager, at 256-230-5627 or ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.
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