Robert and Tyler Moss and Morgan Holcomb, all from Trinity, got sassy with High Rock stripers this past Saturday near the mouth of Abbotts Creek during the Tarheel Striper Club tournament. They used white and chartreuse Sassy Shad in conjunction with downriggers to boat five quality stripers that were feeding on shad in 15 to 20 feet of water around the mouth of the creek.

Their three best fish totaled 38.05 pounds and included a 12.95-pound striper taken by Holcomb, who won Lady Angler honors and the big-fish prize.

“Most of the fish struck the white Sassy Shad lure,” Robert Moss said. “We marked the stripers on our electronics, and we could see the thread of fish on screen when the stripers moved up to chase forage.

“During the feeding spree, we hooked a striper about every 30 minutes. Some stripers spit up shad as they came on board.”

The High Rock Open had been cancelled for two Saturdays because of muddy conditions, but the third time proved a charm as High Rock cleared enough to make fishing possible.

“It was semi-muddy,” said Robert, who never caught a fish while practicing for the tournament.

While the Trinity trio got sassy with plastics for the win, the live-bait boys had their standard bearer in Lexington’s Russ Mitchell.

Mitchell had three striped bass that registered 34.55 pounds.

All told, 11 stripers came to the scales Saturday that weighed 128.6 pounds.

Lawrence Dorsey and Troy Thompson Jr., biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, attended the weigh-in to collect striper data to supplement the striper data that had been gathered last fall.