Hank Cherry wins 2021 Bassmaster Classic

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Hank Cherry won his second Bassmaster Classic this past weekend. (Photo by Chris Brown, BASS)

It’s Lincolnton, NC angler’s second Classic win in a row

Hank Cherry of Lincolnton, N.C. won his second Bassmaster Classic this past weekend. The 47-year-old won more than $300,000 for the win at Lake Ray Roberts in Ft. Worth, TX. Cherry took the overall lead after the second day of competition, and caught just enough on Day 3 to get past Shelby, N.C.’s Matt Arey, who finished in second place.

Cherry caught a five-fish limit on all three days of the Classic. He bagged daily weights of 20-4 on Day 1, 17-10 on Day 2, and 13-1 on Day 3 for a total weight of 50-15. Arey also had five keepers each day. He weighed a total of 49-1 for the competition. His 18-pound bag on Day 3 was his biggest of the weekend, and enough to put him in the lead until Cherry weighed in.

Next year’s Bassmaster Classic will be at Lake Hartwell, S.C.

Cherry became the fourth angler to win the Bassmaster Classic two years in a row. And he’s now the seventh to win multiple Classics.

Two other Carolina anglers made the cut to fish on Championship Sunday (only the top 25 anglers advance to Day 3). Patrick Walters of Summerville, S.C. finished 10th with a total weight of 38-1. Walters brought only 11 fish to the scales during the 3-day event, bagging just one fish on Day 2 after a 22-7 bag on the first day.

Todd Auten of Lake Wylie, S.C. took 14th place. His 12 keepers totaled 34-4 in his fifth Classic appearance.

Look for more big things from Carolina anglers in the 2022 Bassmaster Classic, which will be held at Lake Hartwell in South Carolina’s upstate.

For a complete look at Cherry’s 2021 Bassmaster Classic win, click here.

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Brian Cope is the editor of CarolinaSportsman.com. He has won numerous awards for his writing, photography, and videography. He is a retired Air Force combat communications technician, and has a B.A. in English Literature from the University of South Carolina. You can reach him at brianc@sportsmannetwork.com.

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