Wright Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on High Rock Lake

Wright Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on High Rock Lake David Wright won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) North Carolina Division tournament on High Rock Lake.

SALISBURY, N.C. (June 11, 2018) – Boater David Wright of Lexington, North Carolina, brought five bass to the scale Saturday weighing 22 pounds, 5 ounces, to win the Bass Fishing League (BFL) North Carolina Division tournament on High Rock Lake. Wright earned $4,289 for his win.


“I focused on drops off of the bank between 8 and 10 feet,” said Wright, who earned his 12th career win in BFL competition – second all-time in BFL history. “I keyed in on cover like rocks, stumps and brush and had to deflect the bait off of them to catch fish.”


Wright said he used Bluegill- and Hot Mustard-colored Rapala DT crankbaits in sizes 10 and 14 and a black Zoom Magnum Trick Worm on a shaky-head rig. He said he fished in three of the major creeks – Second, Abbotts and Crane.


“I probably fished 20 or 25 different places and didn’t spend much time at each,” said Wright. “I was just looking for aggressive fish and didn’t want to have to finesse them to get a bite.


“After 2 (p.m.) I caught a 4-pounder that culled out a smaller 3-pound fish. That was my last catch of the day and it gave me the ounce I needed to win.”


The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          David Wright, Lexington, N.C., five bass, 22-5, $4,289

               2nd:         Steve Sink, Winston-Salem, N.C., five bass, 22-4, $1,644

               3rd:          Kevin Chandler, New London, N.C., five bass, 20-14, $1,692

               4th:          James Wall, Greensboro, N.C., five bass, 20-5, $767

               5th:          Eric Moser, Concord, N.C., five bass, 19-13, $658

               6th:          Ladd Whicker, Winston-Salem, N.C., five bass, 19-12, $603

               7th:          Rob Digh, Denver, N.C., five bass, 18-10, $548

               8th:          Ricky McCrary, Lexington, N.C., five bass, 18-2, $493

               9th:          Scott Hamrick, Denver, N.C., five bass, 17-11, $511

               10th:        Todd Harris, Clemmons, N.C., five bass, 17-4, $345


Chandler brought a 7-pound, 3-ounce bass to the scale – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $395. Zach Lyles of Charlotte, North Carolina, won the Co-angler Division and $1,918 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 18 pounds, 9 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Zach Lyles, Charlotte, N.C., five bass, 18-9, $1,918

               2nd:         O’Neil Williams Jr., Asheboro, N.C., five bass, 15-6, $676

               2nd:         Brian Souza, Huntersville, N.C., five bass, 15-6, $726

               4th:          Anthony Rife, Max Meadows, Va., five bass, 15-4, $379

               5th:          Barry Burford, Charlotte, N.C., five bass, 14-13, $325

               6th:          Landon Whicker, Winston-Salem, N.C., five bass, 14-8, $298

               7th:          Mathew Baker, Asheboro, N.C., five bass, 13-11, $271

               8th:          Dusty Saine, Huntersville, N.C., five bass, 13-10, $244

               9th:          C.J. Teas, Weddington, N.C., four bass, 12-13, $216

               10th:        Brian Transon, Sherrills Ford, N.C., five bass, 12-9, $189

Lyles also caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division weighing in at 6 pounds, 12 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $195.

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