Six Tar Heels get Final Classic Shot

Tournament director David Johnson (left) admires Lake Norman bass taken by the Denver team of Chuck Poovey (pictured) and Scott Hamrick.

One invitation to the 2006 Bassmaster Classic will be awarded to the winning boater of the Jan. 19-21 ESPN Outdoors Series National Championship at East Lake Tohopekaliga in Kissimmee, Fla. He’ll also earn $100,000.Six Tar Heel fishermen qualified for the event through the Outdoors Series regional competition.

They are Jeff Coble of Manson and David Wright of Lexington from the Kerr Lake Regional; Pat Golden of High Point, Mike McDonald of Randleman and Will Petty of Charlotte from the Columbus Pool Regional; and Denny Moore of Winterville from the Second Chance Tournament.

Non-boaters Bobby Gregory of Fuquay-Varina and Kevin Lynch of Claremont will be fishing for $50,000, the top prize for non-boaters. But Classic berths aren’t awarded to non-boaters.

Mike McClelland of Bella Vista, Ark.; Rick Morris of Lanexa, Va.; Chad Brauer of Osage Beach, Mo.; Randy Howell of Springville, Ala.; and Mark Menendez of Paducah, Ky., received invitations to the 2006 Bassmaster Classic following their top-five finishes at the Dec. 1-4 Bassmaster Open Championship at the Alabama River.

The five Tar Heel fishermen in the tournament failed to make second-round cut when the 90-man field was reduced to the top-10 fishermen.

Kevin Langill of Terrell placed 21st with 12-01 and earned $1,500. Cherryville’s Guy Eaker ranked 29th with 10-15 and received $1,300. Britt Myers of Mt. Holly finished 44th with 8-12 and won $1,100. Rodney Sorrell of Stokesdale placed 73rd with 3-15 and banked $900.

Non-boater Royce Madden of High Point had one keeper bass weighing 1-08 and collected $500.


Norman Winter Team Bass Championship Trail
Lake Norman, Dec. 3

1. Roger Pope of Statesville and Hank Cherry of Charlotte,15.35, $1,200; 2. Jerry Goble of Sherrills Ford and Jim Witherspoon of Claremont, 15.00, $600; 3. Randell W. Hutson of Mt. Airy and Roger Griffin of Statesville, 11.90, $300; 4. Scott Hamrick and Chuck Poovey of Denver, 11.85, $215; 5. Don and and Kevin Stanley of Newton, 11.65, $175; 6. Doug McClure of Dallas, 11.,65, $155; 7. Jody Wright and Lester Ellon, 11.10, $90; 7. Tommy Russell of Concord and Mac Lowe of Indian Trail, 10.70, $85; 9. Marty Sweeting of Harrisburg and Roger Day of China Grove, 10.60, $75; 10. Dan Duvall of Charlotte and Dennis Jenkins, 10.10, $65.

Big fish: Russell and Lowe with a 4.40-pound bass worth $740.

Lake Norman, Dec. 4

1. Roger Pope of Statesville and Nathan Webber, 13.15, $820; 2. Jim Witherspoon of Claremont, 12.35, $410; 3. Dan Duvall and Johnny Etheridge of Mooresville, 11.00, $250; 4. Bobby Fish and Cliff Barrer, 11.00, $180; 5. Mike Smith and Brian Morgan, 10.95, $150; 6. Marcus Church and Terry Bolick, 10.85, $110; 7. Hank Cherry of Charlotte and Jerry Goble of Sherrills Ford, 10.75, $80; 8. Ed Furr and Paul Heape, 10.08, and big bass with a 4.75-pound fish, $500.

Lake Norman, Dec. 10

1. Jerry Goble of Sherrills Ford and Jim Witherspoon of Claremont, 13.20, $1,210; 2. Dan Duvall of Charlotte and Dennis Jackson, 13.00, $610; 3. Doug Easton and David Lynch of Mooresville, 12.05, $310; 4. Randell W. Hutson of Mt. Airy and Butch Holder, 11.15, $225; 5. Mark and Roger Brown, 10.70, $175; 6. Kevin Langill of Terrell and William Henning, 10.60, $155; 7. Bill Hamilton and Ken Troutman, 10.10, $90; 8. Scott Beatty and Troy Smith, 9.65, $85; 9. Doug McClure of Dallas, 9.20, $75; 10. Roger Pope of Statesville and Nathan Webber, 9.05, $65.

Big fish: Hutson and Holder with a 5.10-pound bass worth $750.

Carolina Anglers’ Tournament Trail
Lake Wateree, S.C., Nov.19

1. Andy Owens, 17.03, $1,500; 2. Gene Webster, 16.11, $1,000; 3. Dennis Shumate, 15.06, and big fish with a 5.09-pound bass, $789; 4. Todd Moss and John Schohn, 15.04, $300; 5. Louie Hull, 14.13, $180; 6. Randall Driggers and Josh McGregor, 11.06, $78.

Lake Wylie, Dec. 10

1. Tom Russell and Doug Gilmer, 21-04, and big fish with a 5-pound, 4-ounce bass, $1,689; 2. Andy Montgomery and Louie Hull, 17-05, $1,000; 3. John Schohn and Todd Moss, 15-01, $650; 4. Mike Seawright and Gene Webster, 12-13, $300; 5. Chris and Jim Carroll, 12-12, $231.

Thanksgiving Classic Bass Tournament
Lake Norman, Nov. 26

1. Robert Stiltner of Mt. Mourne and Alfred Kiesling Jr. of Mooresville, 15.83, and big fish with a 4.70-pound bass; 2. Tony Shook of Claremont and Michael Fox , 12.80.

Balls Creek Bassmasters
Lake Rhoadhiss, Jan. 28

1. Bob Patrick of Conover, 10.10; 2. Bron Hemphill of Conover, 9.80; 3. Glenn Brinkle of Hickory, 9.10.


Southern Crappie Association
Lake Wateree, S.C., Dec. 10

1. Nick Babin of Gilbert, S.C., 15.25, $1,250; 2. Jim Hood and Sandy Hazeldon of Rock Hill, S.C., 14.01, $589; 3. Tom Sprouse of Advance and Steve Gentry of Winston-Salem, 13.28, $319; 4. Jody Eudy and Nelson Henderson of Great Falls, S.C., $283; 5. Marc Danque of Chapin, S.C.,12.70, $247; 6. Wayne Medlin of Lugoff, S.C., and George Kumas of Camden, S.C., 12.67, $211; 7. James Rabon and John Rice of Camden, S.C., 12.61, and big fish with a 2.25-pound crappie, $545; 8. Randy Pope of Hickory and Jerry Pruitt of Vale, 12.60, $157; 9. Mike and Beverly Small of Camden, S.C., 12.29, $259; !0. Eddie Werts and Kenneth Winn of Saluda, S.C., 11.97, $121; 11. Ray Koon of Lexington, S.C., and Mike Huffstettler of Chapin, S.C., 11.70, $103; 12. Bobbie and Robbie Goldman of Aiken, S.C., 11.67, $135.


Tarheel Team Tournaments

March 11 at Kerr Lake out of Flemingtown Landing; March 25 at Kerr Lake out of North Bend; April 9 at Kerr Lake out of North Bend; April 29 at Kerr Lake out of North Bend; May 21 at Kerr Lake out of Flemingtown Landing; June 10 at Kerr Lake out of North Bend; June 25 at Kerr Lake out of TBA; July 15 at Kerr Lake out of North Bend; Oct. 7-8 at Kerr Lake for championship out of North Bend.

This schedule is tentative and subject to change.

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