Whitt Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Kerr LakeWhitt 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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