While most teams got bushwhacked in the buttonwood bushes at the May 11 Yadkin Team Tournament at High Rock Lake, Sam and Michael Smith of Lexington probed the vegetation for 19.21 pounds to take the first-place prize of $386.

The two anglers flipped the bushes in the "One Bush" area off the main lake with using Zoom Brush Hog plastics. They caught 12 keepers and culled to the 5-fish limit.

 

"The fish were tight to the bushes," Sam Smith said. "You had to fish slowly and toss the lure into the middle of the bush to get the fish to hit. A couple of fish came from the roots of trees."

 

The Lexington team of Shane Floyd and Tony Garitta placed second with a 5-fish limit totaling 15.26 pounds. Their catch was anchored with a 6.44-pound bass, the big fish of the day, that struck a Zoom pumpkin-colored lizard tossed in a bush in Flat Swamp Creek. Floyd and Garitta received $200 for second place and $71.50 for big fish.

 

Tom File and Thomas Ludwick, both of Salisbury, finished third with 15.18 pounds and collected $85.

 

OTHER BASS TOURNAMENTS 

Adam & Eve Trail, Tuckertown Lake, May 11

1. Robert-Leigh Parrish (Albemarle), 22-5, $225; 2. Ron-Carmen Nelson (Sophia), 17-1, $135; 3. Mark-Audrey Bayse (Thomasville), 13-2, $90. Big fish: Roy-April Barrow, 5-15, $90.

 

Boats Unlimited Team Bass Trail, Jordan Lake, May 11

1. Randy Fisher (Hillsborough)-Donnie Lowe (Mebane), 16.52, $2,030; 2. Billy Bledsoe-Brian McDonald (Fayetteville), 15.83, $590; 3. Curtis Vaughn (Rougemont)-Charles Vaughn (Timberlake), 14.75, $510; 4. Bubba Haywood (Roxboro)-Steve Goodwin (Durham), 12.05, $430; 5. William Small (Wake Forest)-Lee Williams (Durham), 11.52, $350; 6.Mike Miller (Pittsboro)-Vladimir Tirado (Raleigh) tied  Mark Herndon (Bahama)-Jay Garrard (Durham), 10.19, $250 each team; 8. Vinston Nettles (Pittsboro)-Jimmie Spencer (Asheboro), 9.99, $200; 9. Ean Davis-Matt Czerepak (Southern Pines), 9.96, $150. Big fish: Bledsoe-McDonald, 6.00 pounds, $630.

 

Carolina Coach & Marine Monday Night Trail,

Lake Norman, May 13

1. Scott-Dwight Beattie (Lincolnton), 13.55, $500; 2. Alfred Kiesling (Mooresville)-Roger Griffin (Statesville), 12.95, $280; 3. Mack Lowe (Indian Trail)-Kyle Whisnant (Charlotte), 12.55, $180; 4. Aaron Miles-Buck Morgan, 12.10, $120, and big fish, $270.

 

Fisher of Men Central Division, Falls Lake, May 11

1. Joel Lloyd (Chapel Hill)-Hunter Campbell, 20.77, plus big fish, 7.01 pounds, $1,618; 2. Ricky Bridges-Anthony Liles (Youngsville), 20.01, $687; 3. Steve Upchurch (Raleigh)-Jeff Hodges, 19.99, $675; 4. Jason Suggs (Fayetteville)-Calton Hall (Stedman), 17.22, $677; 5. Phillip Eakes (Bahama)-Dan Glosson (Rougemont), 16.46, $486; 6. Chris Inscoe (Clayton)-Mark Antonelli, 15.82, $221; 7. Todd Durham-Todd Rich, 15.67, $354; 8. David Reynolds-Stephen Reynolds, 15.64, $157.

 

FOM Legacy Piedmont Division, High Rock Lake, May 11

1. Shane Davis-Trey Cooke, 10.90, and big fish, 5.55 pounds, $497.50; 2. Allen Snyder-Jason Odell, 6.12, $242.50; 3. Thomas-Hayden Simmerson, 5.36, $171; 4. Hunter-Heath Moore, 4.84, $84.

 

Hospice of Stanly County Charity Tournament,

Badin Lake, May 11

1. Anthony-Aaron Brooks (Albemarle), 21.84, $1,000; 2. Buzz Dunlap (Mt. Gilead)-Pete Morris (Troy), 21.40, $800; 3. Dustin Horne-Cale Helms, 19.29, $600; 4. Russell Edwards, 18.38, $400; 5. James Gill-Jeff Coley, 18.22, and big fish, 6.33 pounds, $300; Terry-Allen James (Wadesboro), 17.97, $200; Theo Hagerman-Jim Marsh, 17.85, $150; 8. Mark Tarlton-Tim Cauthen, 17.49, $125.

 

STRIPED BASS TOURNAMENTS

 

Tarheel Striper Club, Lake Gaston, May 11

1. Steve-Tammy Shoe, 17.5, and big fish, 6.45 pounds; 2. Robert Moss (Trinity)-Robert Steele (Lexington), 16.3; 3. David Wilburn-Mark Unrue (Asheboro)-Ronnie Cook, 8.95; 4. Coy Hamilton (Lexington), 5.0; 5. Kevin Buskirk (Madison)-Bobby Johnson, 3.3.