Guins Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Kerr Lake

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

HENDERSON, N.C. (Sept. 25, 2017) – Jonathon Guins of Wendell, North Carolina, weighed a two-day cumulative of eight bass totaling 24 pounds, 13 ounces, to win the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Piedmont Division tournament on Kerr Lake. For his win, Guins earned $8,011. Guins said he fished a 2- to 3-mile stretch midlake to catch his fish. He said he focused on points and smaller pockets, and was able to put nine keepers in his boat throughout the weekend.


“I caught the majority of my fish on a natural-colored topwater bait in 3 to 6 feet of water,” said Guins, who earned his second BFL victory on Kerr Lake. “I only caught three keepers Saturday and six keepers on Sunday. I needed to have wind on the points, and it was a little windier on Sunday.”


Guins said that he also used a Carolina-rigged Zoom Trick Worm and that the bite was best during the mid- to late-morning hours.


“The area I was fishing had quality fish, but not the quantity,” said Guins. “It was a tough tournament. I had to keep my head down and grind it out.”


The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Jonathon Guins, Wendell, N.C., eight bass, 24-13, $6,011 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus

               2nd:         Mark Inman, Greensboro, N.C., 10 bass, 22-14, $3,206

               3rd:          Chris Baldwin, Lexington, N.C., 10 bass, 22-11, $2,002

               4th:          Jason Houchins, Clarksville, Va., eight bass, 21-1, $1,503

               5th:          Kay Choosakul, Lillington, N.C., nine bass, 20-2, $1,202

               6th:          Billy Shelton III, La Crosse, Va., seven bass, 19-13, $1,102

               7th:          James Wall, Greensboro, N.C., eight bass, 19-4, $1,002

               8th:          Scott Hamrick, Denver, N.C., nine bass, 18-14, $902

               9th:          Daniel Wicker, Hillsborough, N.C., nine bass, 18-9, $1,627

               10th:        Scooter Lilley, Williamston, N.C., eight bass, 18-5, $701


Wicker caught a 5-pound, 10-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the Big Bass award of $825. Craig Wright of Rustburg, Virginia, caught a two-day total of eight bass weighing 18 pounds, 10 ounces, to win the Co-angler Division and $3,199.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Craig Wright, Rustburg, Va., eight bass, 18-10, $3,199

               2nd:         James Hastings, Holly Springs, N.C., six bass, 16-9, $1,499

               3rd:          Joe Westmoreland, Greensboro, N.C., eight bass, 16-7, $1,046

               4th:          Jason Hinger, Timberlake, N.C., seven bass, 14-13, $700

               5th:          Mark Robertson, Henderson, N.C., six bass, 14-6, $600

               6th:          Stacy Metz, Staley, N.C., seven bass, 14-6, $550

               7th:          Lenny Baird, Stafford, Va., five bass, 13-3, $500

               8th:          Robert Tysinger, Coats, N.C., five bass, 12-7, $450

               9th:          Thomas Hirsch, Powhatan, Va., six bass, 12-7, $400

               10th:        Randy Ruffin, Norfolk, Va., six bass, 11-15, $350

Mark Whitman of Elon, North Carolina, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division – a fish weighing 5 pounds, 5 ounces – and earned the Co-angler Big Bass award of $405.

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