Pro bass fisherman David Williams of Maiden came home from Florida on Sunday richer by more than $15,000 after a third-place finish in the Bassmaster Southern Open on Lake Tohopekaliga last week.
Williams was one of only three fishermen from states other than Florida to finish among the top 12. His consistent 3-day performance was the best among non-Florida fishermen as he finished with 44 pounds, two ounces. His daily 5-bass limits weighed 13-5, 16-8 and 14-5, earning him $15,200.
Van Soles of Haines City, Fla., won the tournament with 50 pounds, 15 ounces, bringing in the biggest catches on each of the final two days, 17-4 and 21-9, including a 10-pound, 7-ounce fish that was the biggest caught during the tournament. He won $49,533.
Phillip Cury of Jacksonville, Fa., took third with a 3-day catch of 49 pounds, two ounces, good for $20,267.
A North Carolina fishermen placed in the top 12 in the non-boater division. Jason Rice of Swannanoa finished 11th with five fish that weighed 12 pounds, nine ounces, giving him $2,000. He caught all his fish the first two days.