Walser Rides Early Lead to ABA Win


Robert Walser led from wire to wire in the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, North Carolina Division 5 championship tournament, held Aug. 27-28, 2011, on High Rock Lake.

Running out of Tamarac Marina near Salisbury, the Lexington angler brought in 10 bass weighing 35.73 pounds with a 4.89-pound kicker to win the Boater Division. Putting in two good days on his home lake, Walser led with 20.10 pounds on Day 1 and landed 15.63 pounds on Day 2.

?I eliminated a lot of water in practice,? Walser said. ?I caught three limits on spinnerbaits on Day 1. I also caught some fish on a prototype Zoom crankbait and a speed worm. On Day 2, it was calm, so I knew the fish weren?t going to be as aggressive. I caught my first five bass on five different baits. After that, I flipped the rest of the day.?

In second, Kyle Whisnant of Charlotte caught two five-bass daily tournament limits to finish with 30.38 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 4.48-pounder. Whisnant caught 13.16 pounds on Day 1 and followed that with 17.22 pounds, the biggest bag on the final day.

Steve M. Sink of Winston Salem landed in third with 10 bass going 28.11 pounds. He caught 14.30 pounds on Day 1 and 13.81 pounds on Day 2. Doug Easton of Huntersville took fourth with 10 bass and 27.77 pounds with a 4.37-pound kicker. He landed 14 pounds on Day 1 and 13.77 pounds the second day.

Wayne Hauser of Mooresville followed in fifth place among the boaters with 10 bass weighing 27.73 pounds including a 4.86-pounder. He landed 12.31 pounds on Day 1 and 15.42 pounds on Day 2. David J. Wright of Lexington set the tournament lunker standard with a 6.18-pounder.

In the Co-Angler Division, James ?Brad? Wright of Granite Falls won with two three-bass daily division limits totaling 18.42 pounds. Holding second after Day 1, he brought in 10.21 pounds. He followed that with an 8.21-pound effort, the biggest co-angler bag on Day 2.

In second for the co-anglers, Robert Perkins of Rougemont landed six bass going 17.96 pounds with a 3.98-pound kicker. He led on Day 1 with 10.27 pounds and caught 7.69 pounds on the second day. Charles Wood of Thomasville took third with five bass at 13.24 pounds after catching 6.69 and 6.55 pounds.

Shane I. Sharpe of Charlotte finished in fourth place with five bass tallying 12.70 pounds including a 2.99-pounder. He caught 7.96 pounds on Day 1 and 4.74 pounds on Day 2. In fifth among the co-anglers, Thomas McDermott of Madison landed four bass for 12.13 pounds. He landed weights of 4.15 and 7.98 pounds. Keith Pendleton of Vale brought in the division big bass, a 4.59-pounder.

For more information on this tournament, call Gary Conner at (256) 230-5627 or call ABA at (888) 203-6222. Online, see www.americanbassanglers.com.

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