Chandler Wins Bass Fishing Tournament on Kerr Lake

Chandler Wins Bass Fishing Tournament on Kerr Lake Kevin Chandler won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Piedmont Division tournament on Kerr Lake

HENDERSON, N.C. (March 27, 2017) – Kevin Chandler of New London, North Carolina, weighed a 20-pound, 14-ounce, limit Saturday to win the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Piedmont Division tournament on Kerr Lake. For his win, Chandler earned $8,211. Chandler said he split his day between fishing rocks in Grassy Creek, and docks and laydowns in the main-river channel. He said every fish he weighed in came on a ½-ounce green-pumpkin-colored Shooter Lures Jig.


“I flipped and made little underhand pitches with the jig because the fish were so shallow,” said Chandler, who logged his fifth career-win in BFL competition. “Every bite came in 1 to 4 feet of water. My medium-heavy Level rod was a big part of my success. It’s got the perfect tip for flipping. I could make soft presentations under everything I targeted.”


Chandler said he spent a lot of his day running, including making 30 to 40 stops in the afternoon.


“I didn’t catch very many fish in one spot,” said Chandler. “My biggest bass - a 6-pound, 4-ouncer – came out of the rocks early on, but I got more bites in the afternoon. The water warmed up a couple of degrees when the sun came up, which helped.”


The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Kevin Chandler, New London, N.C., five bass, 20-14, $6,211 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus

               2nd:         Ray Griffin, Greensboro, N.C., five bass, 20-2, $4,001

               3rd:          Mike Miller, Trinity, N.C., five bass, 20-0, $2,101

               4th:          Todd Harris, Clemmons, N.C., five bass, 18-7, $1,403

               5th:          Rodney Bell, Salisbury, N.C., five bass, 17-12, $1,202

               6th:          Chris Daves, Spring Grove, Va., five bass, 16-11, $1,102

               7th:          George Lambeth, Thomasville, N.C., five bass, 16-9, $1,302

               8th:          Keith Roberts, Hurt, Va., five bass, 16-1, $902

               9th:          David Wright, Lexington, N.C., five bass, 16-0, $802

               10th:        Scooter Lilley, Williamston, N.C., five bass, 15-13, $666

               10th:        Chris Baldwin, Lexington, N.C., five bass, 15-13, $666


Griffin caught a bass weighing 6 pounds, 11 ounces – the largest of the event – which earned him the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $995. Larry Freeman Jr. of La Crosse, Virginia, weighed in five bass totaling 14 pounds, 11 ounces Saturday to win the Co-angler Division and the top prize of $3,006.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Larry Freeman Jr., La Crosse, Va., five bass, 14-11, $3,006

               2nd:         Derek Sewell, Forest, Va., four bass, 14-8, $1,503

               3rd:          Graham Burke, Clemmons, N.C., four bass, 13-0, $1,008

               4th:          Randy Ruffin, Norfolk, Va., four bass, 12-9, $1,198

               5th:          Bailey Hollingsworth, Lexington, N.C., five bass, 12-1, $601

               6th:          Jake Rowe, Selma, N.C., five bass, 11-11, $551

               7th:          Francis Andrews, Matoaca, Va., five bass, 11-8, $501

               8th:          Mark Whitman, Elon, N.C., five bass, 11-4, $651

               9th:          Scott Anderson, China Grove, N.C., five bass, 11-2, $401

               10th:        Chris Tucker, Albemarle, N.C., three bass, 10-12, $351

Ruffin caught the biggest bass among Co-angler Division anglers, a fish weighing 5 pounds, 5 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $497.

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