Lehew Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake Norman
BLYTHE LANDING, N.C. (Sept. 28, 2009) - Shane Lehew of Charlotte, N.C., won the Bass Fishing League North Carolina Division two-day Super Bass Fishing Tournament on Lake Norman Sunday with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 22 pounds, 6 ounces. The victory earned Lehew $5,270 and solidified his ticket to the Clarks Hill Lake Regional Championship in Appling, Ga., Oct. 15-17, where he could ultimately win a new Ranger boat and a Chevy truck.
"This feels really good," Lehew said. "Especially being 20 years old ... it feels really good."
Lehew said he targeted sea walls and rock banks in the mornings with a buzzbait and a Rebel Pop-R and then fished as many docks as he could the rest of the day.
"I probably ran to 40 spots each day," Lehew said. "I was fishing the first day and hit all my best stuff and pounded it pretty hard and I wasn't sure if I had left enough for the last day."
Rounding out the top five boaters are Jeff Hager of Alexis, N.C. (10 bass, 21-4, $2,635); Todd Walters of Greensboro, N.C. (10 bass, 20-8, $1,758); Maurice Freeze of Concord, N.C. (10 bass, 19-14, $1,230) and Andy Montgomery of Blacksburg, S.C. (10 bass, 19-9, $1,054).
Maurice Parent of Taylorsville, N.C., took home the Boater Division Folgers Big Bass award, earning $675 for a 4-pound, 9-ounce bass he caught on a crankbait.
John Wilson of Hazelwood, N.C., earned $2,635 as the co-angler winner Sunday thanks to a two-day catch of eight bass weighing 13 pounds, 14 ounces that he caught fishing docks with a creature bait.
Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Travis Ruff of Connelly Springs, N.C. (eight bass, 13-4, $1,317); Scott Stallings of Kannapolis, N.C. (seven bass, 12-8, $880); Gus Jones of Bostic, N.C. (six bass, 12-6, $615); and Mike Williams of Lancaster, Ky. (seven bass, 12-4, $527).
Michael Miller of High Point, N.C., earned $337 as the co-angler Folgers Big Bass winner after catching a 4-pound, 14-ounce bass.