N.C. Division Head To Lake Kerr For Second ABA Event

N.C. Division Head To Lake Kerr For Second ABA Event

The North Carolina Division 5 of the Toyota Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, will hold its second tournament of the season May 25, 2013, on Kerr Lake.


The competitors will launch at Nutbush Landing, located on North Carolina Highway 1324 near Henderson. Anglers may begin fishing at safe light. Registration begins at 4 p.m. May 24 at the Quality Inn at Exit 215 off Interstate 85 in Henderson.

Anglers fishing the Boater Division may weigh in up to five bass. Co-anglers may weigh in up to three bass. For North Carolina fishing license information, click here or call 888-248-6834. For a Virginia fishing license information, call 866-721-6911 or click here.

One of the best bass lakes in the nation, Kerr Lake ranks Number 83 on the 2013 Bassmaster magazine list of the top 100 bass waters in the United States. Officially called John H. Kerr Reservoir, also known as Bugg’s Island Lake in Virginia, the impoundment straddles the Virginia-North Carolina line and can produce bass exceeding eight pounds. The largest lake in Virginia dates back to 1947 with the construction of the John H. Kerr Dam on the Roanoke River, called the Staunton River in Virginia.

One of the largest lakes in the Southeast, Kerr Lake covers nearly 50,000 acres of Vance, Granville and Warren counties in North Carolina and Mecklenburg, Charlotte and Halifax counties in Virginia. The lake offers anglers more than 850 miles of shoreline. The Dan River and several smaller tributaries feed into the system.


During the June 2, 2012, BWS tournament on Kerr Lake, Joshua R. Sanders of Morganton, N.C., won the Boater Division with a five-bass tournament limit weighing 12.59 pounds. He caught most of his fish on a topwater bait, a spinnerbait and a jig. Lance D. Eckford of Troutman, N.C., won the tournament big bass honors with a 4.19-pounder that hit a shaky head worked through 12 feet of water.

In the Co-Angler Division during that tournament, Moe Hill Jr. of Lake Wylie, S.C., landed a three-fish division daily limit going 7.71 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 3.04-pounder to take division lunker honors. Hill caught most of his fish around windy points on crankbaits and shaky heads. The big fish hit a Luhr Jensen Speed Trap crankbait off the backside of a secondary point.

The next divisional tournament will be held June 29, 2013, out of Midway Marina near Terrell, N.C., to fish Lake Norman. At the end of the season, one BWS angler will win the opportunity to compete in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic.


For local information, contact the Vance County Tourism Department at 866-438-4565 or send an e-mail to vctourism@gloryroad.net. For more information on this tournament, 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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