For those with superstitious leanings, April 13 might be a day of misgivings, but for Neil and Pat McDonald of Thomasville, the date marked the couple's first victory on the Adam & Eve Trail.

The McDonalds topped a field of 23 teams at Badin Lake with a 5-fish catch totaling 16 pounds, 3 ounces that was anchored with a 4-pound, 7-ounce bass. They caught their fish with plastic worms fishing rocky structure in four to five feet of water. Their victory paid $287.

"We had our limit soon after taking off from the Lakemont Landing," said Pat. "We've had second- and third-place finishes on the trail, but this is the first time we've won a tournament."

Bob and Mary Jennett of Kernersville placed second with 14-8 and shared $172.50. They caught their fish with crankbaits.

 

Ron and Carmen Nelson of Sophia ranked third with 13-11 for $115 and received an additional $115 for the big fish of the day, a 4-pound, 11-ounce lunker. The big fish struck a custom-made plastic worm produced by the Nelsons.

 

Thirteen of the 23 teams weighed in fish, but fish weighing five pounds or more were not to be found in any livewells as the big bite slowed at Badin with the drop in the water level and clear water. Plastic worms attracted most of the bites.

 

The Adam & Eve Trail has scheduled a special father-and-daughter tournament for May 4 at Badin Lake out of the Lakemont Landing. For details, email Ricky Clark at crclark@rtmc.net.

 

OTHER BASS TOURNAMENTS

 

Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Eastern Regional

Lake Norman, April 12-13

1. Shane Lehew-Eric Self (UNC Charlotte), 35-4; 2. Zachary Blalock-Kyle Abers (East Carolina), 26-1; 3. Carson Rejzer-Chris Carwile (Virginia Tech), 24-13; 6. Ronnie Moore-Tj Chafatelli (East Carolina), 23-7; 8. Tyler Faggart-Tyler Mayhew (NC State), 22-12.

 

CBS Quality Cars NC Triangle Area Team Bass

Spring Mini Trail, Kerr Lake, April 13

1. Matt Lucey (Fuquay-Varina)-Nathan Reeves (Lynchburg, Va.), 15.88, $965; 2. Jerry Marshburn (Sanford)-Rick Ohlson (Garner), 15.27, $526; 3. Mike-Lindsay Hodge (Clayton), 14.13, $409; 4. Michael-Steve Hatley (Chapel Hill), 13.45, $321; 5. Jeff -Thomas Clifton (Rolesville), 13.43, $235; 6. Bryce McClenney (Raleigh)-Michael Christie (Fuquay-Varina), 13.35, $204; 7. Josh Taylor-Nate Jennings (Fayetteville), 12.85, $175; 8. Donnie Black (Wake Forest)-Howard Bohannon (Durham), 12.36, $90. Big fish: The Hatleys, 4.86 pounds, $273. 

 

FLW Tour, Beaver Lake, Ark., April 11-14

1. Jason Christie (Park Hill, Okla.), 61-08, $100,00 + Ranger Cup, $25,000; 25. Brent Long (Cornelius), 24-8, $11,500; 37. Matt Arey (Shelby), 22-7, $10,500; 58. Bryan Thrift (Shelby), 20-11, $4,000.

 

Fishers of Men Piedmont Division, Lake Norman, April 13

1. Billy Wright-Brant McPeters (Marion), 15.90, $1,836; 2. Marty Nester (Mt. Airy)-Joey Pack, 15.35, $801; 3. Jeff Queen (Catawba)-Joshua Queen (Lincolnton), 14.77, $568; 4. Kenny Seagle (Salisbury)-Drew Montgomery (Concord), 13.65, $346; 5. Steve Arrington-Mike Steele, 13.20, $264; 6. Dave Snyder (Concord)-Bryon O'Daniel (Kannapolis), 12.68, and big fish, 5.13 pounds, $419; 7. Ryan Pardue (Hamptonville)-Michael Bridges, 11.99, $166.

 

FOM Legacy East Division, Perquimans River, April 6

1. Gerald-Morgan Murray, 8.66, $405.50; 2. David-Jessica Buchanan, 8.30, $229.50; 3. David-Joshua Parker, 8.16, $117; 4. Todd-Dalton Winslow, 7.67, and big fish, 7.67 pounds, $173. 

CATT Old North Trail, Falls Lake, April 13

1. Brad McLaurin (Fayetteville)-Mike Merchant, 24.97, $1,912; 2. Mike Riggs (Timberlake)-Doug Stallings (Stem), 23,80, $841; 3. Larry Godfrey-John McLelland (Fayetteville), and big fish, 6.91 pounds, 20.86, $777; 4. Stump Bledsoe (Hope Mills)-Glen Elliott (Fayetteville), 20.68, $300; 5. Todd Gibson (Archdale)-Todd Durham (Greensboro), 20.15, $200; 6. Jamie Fajardo (Fuquay-Varina)-Josh Hooks (Apex), 19.63, $150; 6. Steve Gardner-Chuck Bolton (West End), 19.61, $125; 8. Thomas Sheffer (Raleigh)-David Walton, 17.97, $110; 9. Bubba Haywood (Roxboro)-Steve Godwin (Durham), 17.31, $100; 10. Mark Beck-Bill Goodrich, 16.84, $100.

 

Carolina Coach & Marine Monday Night Trail,

Lake Norman, April 15

1. Cliff Kirby (Catawba)-Eddie Black, 16.40, $620; 2. Scott-Dwight Beattie (Lincolnton), 12.75, $280; 3. Steve Addington (Dallas)-Charles Hobbs (Lexington), 12.05, $140.

 

American Fishing Tour Division 17, Lake Gaston,

March 23

1. Joe Lybrand, 10.28, $405; 2. Bobby Davis, 7.57, $308; 3. Michael Hofmann, 7.15, $71.

 

Division 16, Lake Gaston, March 30

1. Hilton Glover Jr., 18.25, $538; 2. Kenric Yazzie, 9.19, $444; 3. Bobby Davis, 8.99, $110; 4. Danny Moss, 5.92, $84.

 

STRIPED BASS TOURNAMENTS

 

Tarheel Striper Club, Lake Tillery, April 13

1. Robert Steele (Lexington)-David Woodward (Charlotte), 7.25, and big fish, 7.25 pounds, cash award; 2. Robert Moss (Trinity), 6.9, cash award; 3.Bobby Garner (Badin Lake)-Joe Garner (Asheboro), 5.8; 4. Steve-Tammy Shoe, 5.1.; 5. Ronnie Cook-Mike Mize, 5.05.