Whitt Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Kerr Lake

Whitt Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Kerr Lake Zachary Whitt won the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Piedmont Division tournament on Kerr Lake

HENDERSON, N.C. (March 5, 2018) – Boater Zachary Whitt of Newport News, Virginia, caught a five-bass limit weighing 21 pounds, 8 ounces, to win the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Piedmont Division tournament on Kerr Lake. Whitt took home $4,315 for his efforts. Whitt said he fished for bass along a stretch of riprap in Nutbush Creek, primarily focusing on three sections with ledges 6 feet down.


“The ledges were right next to deep water – sometimes 20 to 25 feet down – and the bass were really keyed in on them,” said Whitt, who earned his first win in BFL competition. “It was the last major deep hole before the back of creek, and I figured I could target bass both heading up to spawn or heading back out with the approaching cold front.”


Whitt didn’t want to divulge specifics, but said he used a red crankbait and caught every fish he weighed in by 9 a.m.


“I borrowed a 16-foot boat with a 25-horsepower engine for this event, and I think ended up being a big factor for me,” said Whitt. “The smaller engine kept me close to takeoff. If I had used my own boat I wouldn’t have stayed as close to the ramp and definitely would have gone to other areas.”


The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Zachary Whitt, Newport News, Va., five bass, 21-8, $4,315

               2nd:         David Wright, Lexington, N.C., five bass, 19-10, $2,767

               3rd:          Ray Griffin, Greensboro, N.C., five bass, 16-14, $1,439

               4th:          Gary D'Angelo, Woodbine, Md., five bass, 16-7, $1,207

               5th:          Chad Poteat, Mount Airy, N.C., five bass, 16-4, $963

               6th:          Andy Francis, Chester, Va., three bass, 14-15, $791

               7th:          Neil Eckberg, Cary, N.C., five bass, 14-10, $719

               8th:          Ralph Hollifield Jr., Winston-Salem, N.C., five bass, 14-8, $647

               9th:          Cameron Lineback, Mount Airy, N.C., five bass, 14-4, $575

               10th:        Bradley Staley, Pleasant Garden, N.C., five bass, 13-8, $503


Wright caught a bass weighing 5 pounds, 14 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $610. Craig Wright of Rustburg, Virginia, won the Co-angler Division and $2,357 Saturday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 13 pounds, 11 ounces.


The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Craig Wright, Rustburg, Va., five bass, 13-11, $2,357

               2nd:         Jamie Baynard, Clayton, N.C., five bass, 12-1, $1,079

               3rd:          Johnathan Hager, Roxboro, N.C., four bass, 10-13, $717

               4th:          Zachary Burton, Lynchburg, Va., four bass, 10-6, $503

               5th:          Matthew Haizel, Holly Springs, N.C., five bass, 10-5, $431

               6th:          Wayne Smelser, Rural Retreat, Va., three bass, 7-9, $428

               6th:          Brian Nappier, Huntersville, N.C., three bass, 7-9, $428

               8th:          Mark Ludwig, Chesterfield, Va., one bass, 6-14, $629

               9th:          Dylan McLeod, Spring Lake, N.C., three bass, 6-6, $288

               10th:        Joshua Kidd, Evington, Va., two bass, 6-4, $252

Ludwig caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division – 6-pounds, 14-ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $305.

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