Purcell Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament at Kerr Lake

April 15, 2024
Bass Fishing League (BFL) News

HENDERSON, N.C. (April 15, 2024) – Boater Tyler Purcell of Townsville, North Carolina, caught a five-bass limit weighing 16 pounds, 11 ounces, Saturday to win the MLF Bass Fishing League (BFL) tournament on Kerr Lake . The tournament was the second event of the season for the BFL North Carolina Division. Purcell earned $3,545 for his victory. Purcell made the weather work to his advantage for the win at Kerr.

“I think most of them are prespawn,” he said. “It (the winning pattern) was pretty much running windy points, throwing a spinnerbait.

“(The key was) just being in the wind as much as you can take it. The more wind the better.”

While Kerr has spotted bass and largemouth, Purcell weighed all largemouths for his victory. He said he enjoyed a consistent bite and culled several times throughout the day. Two key midday fish really sealed his victory.

“At around 12 o’clock, I was heading up the lake,” Purcell recalled. “The waves were so bad at the dam I ended up turning around. I had a decent limit. I hit a point and caught a 3 1/2-pounder on a Jackall DoooN spinnerbait. After that, I sat down and tied on a big swimbait, and I told my co-angler if I get a bite, it’s gonna be a good one. And, literally, first cast, I had a 4-plus-pounder bite.

“I want to thank my dad and the Good Lord for a blessed day.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament:

1st:        Tyler Purcell, Townsville, N.C., five bass, 16-11, $3,545
2nd:      Michael Wilson, Burnsville, N.C., five bass, 16-7, $2,273 (includes $500 Phoenix MLF Contingency Bonus)
3rd:       David G. Williams, Newton, N.C., 16-0, $1,181
4th:        Shawn Hammack, Gasburg, Va., five bass, 15-9, $1,272
5th:        Bradford Beavers, Summerville, S.C., five bass, 15-7, $709
6th:        Scott Hamrick, Denver, N.C., five bass, 15-2, $650
7th:        Tyler Trent, Nathalie, Va., five bass, 14-8, $591
8th:        Bryson Peed, Clarksville, Va., five bass, 13-14, $532
9th:        David Wright, Lexington, N.C., five bass, 13-12, $473
10th:     Lucas Murphy, West Columbia, S.C., five bass, 13-8, $414

Complete results can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Shawn Hammack of Gasburg, Virginia, caught a bass that weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces, and earned the Big Bass Boater award of $445. Jason Hinger of Timberlake, North Carolina, won the co-angler division and $2,323 Saturday, after bringing five bass to the scale that totaled 13 pounds, 7 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers finished:

1st:        Jason Hinger, Timberlake, N.C., five bass, 13-7, $2,323
2nd:       Alex Moss, Lambsburg, Va., five bass, 12-4, $886
3rd:       Tony Toombs, Drakes Branch, Va., five bass, 12-2, $591
4th:        Russell Nicewander, Bluefield, W.Va., five bass, 12-1, $414
5th:        Dale Surrett, Midland, N.C., four bass, 11-6, $355
6th:        Christopher Davis, Roanoke Rapids, N.C., four bass, 11-1, $547
7th:        Travis Ruff, Connelly Springs, N.C., five bass, 10-7, $295
8th:        Hunter Alexander, China Grove, N.C., five bass, 10-3, $266
9th:        Chad Cleckner, Spring Lake, N.C., five bass, 10-1, $236
10th:     Lemar Shore, Raleigh, N.C., four bass, 9-11, $207

Christopher Davis of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, earned the Berkley Big Bass co-angler award of $222, catching a bass that weighed in at 5 pounds, 3 ounces – the largest co-angler catch of the day.

After two events, David Williams of Newton, North Carolina, leads the Fishing Clash North Carolina Division Angler of the Year (AOY) race with 485 points, while Hunter Alexander of China Grove, North Carolina, leads the Fishing Clash North Carolina Division Co-Angler of the Year race with 490 points.

The next event for BFL North Carolina Division anglers will be held May 4, at Kerr Lake in Henderson, North Carolina.