Weekend Angler Wins On Home Lake
Weekend Series winner Rob Digh.
Using local knowledge, Rob Digh started the season the right way by winning the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, North Carolina Division 5 tournament, held March 26, 2011, on Lake Norman.
With temperatures dropping to the low 40s on a breezy, overcast day, the Denver, N.C., angler threw a variety of lures at the bass. He returned to the scales with five keepers weighing 12.78 pounds to collect $2,110. He added a $210 bonus for catching the Boater Division big bass, a 4.04-pounder.
?I?ve been living on this lake most of my life,? Digh said. ?It was just my time to win. I caught them on a variety of baits including a craw, a jig and a senko. The big one hit a crankbait. I?m just happy for the win.?
The anglers launched out of Blythe Landing near Huntersville. The largest lake completely within North Carolina, Lake Norman covers about 32,000 acres on the Catawba River and offers anglers more than 520 miles of shoreline. Chad Eriksen roamed those shorelines looking for bedding fish. The Raleigh, N.C., angler used a craw to catch five keepers weighing 12.51 pounds with a 3.18-pound kicker.
?All but one fish came on beds,? Eriksen said. ?In practice, I found 42 beds and went to about 30 of them. I found seven fish still there. I probably spent too much time on one big fish, but probably would have won if I had caught it.?
Taking third in the 42-boat division, Wendell Ireland of Saluda, N.C., brought in a five-bass tournament limit going 12.07 pounds with one weighing 3.51 pounds. Ryan McMurtury of Abbeville, S.C., took fourth with five bass at 12.06 pounds including one 3.83-pounder. Rounding out the top five boaters, Robert Walser of Lexington, N.C., landed five bass for 11.14 pounds.
Co-angler winner Steve Cannon.
In the Co-Angler Division, Steve Cannon of Wilkesboro, N.C., won with three bass going 7.31 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 4.10-pounder that topped the tournament big bass charts. For the victory, he collected $1,055 with a $105 bonus for the lunker.
?We found fish on small points,? Cannon advised. ?Wherever we found a rock pile, we caught fish. Everything we caught hit plastic. I caught the big fish on a bank in six inches of water on a shaky head. Besides the shaky head, we caught fish on Texas rigs, Carolina rigs and floating worms. We didn?t get any bites deeper than eight feet.?
Jonathon Cone of Wilmington, N.C., landed in second for the co-anglers with a three-bass division limit weighing 5.92 pounds including one 2.15-pounder. In third, Greg Lineberry of Galax, Va., brought in three keepers for 5.82 pounds, followed by Moe Hill, Jr., of Lake Wylie, S.C., with three bass going 5.66 pounds. Chad Schroeder of Dallas, N.C., took fifth with three bass for 5.60 pounds with a 2.90-pound kicker.
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