Chandler Wins Bass Fishing Tournament on Kerr LakeChandler 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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