HELP PROTECT OUR FISHERIES

B.A.S.S. Conservation needs your help, and all you have to do is vote!

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Nationwide’s “Preserve Your Passion” promotion lets people choose the organization that they feel is most important to them, and the organization with the largest percentage of votes receives $45,000. It is SIMPLE and FREE! Be sure to tell your friends to vote as well!
Click here to cast your vote once a day through Oct. 13.

Your participation will help B.A.S.S. Conservation in their continued efforts to be an effective advocate for good fisheries management, aquatic habitat improvements, water quality protection and responsible fish care in tournament competitions. There are many more opportunities for B.A.S.S. Conservation to help ensure that people will be able to continue to enjoy nature’s resources, but it is essential that we have the funding to help these projects meet completion.

Two things are critical…
1)  When voting, please understand that when you go to the voting page, you must:

  • First click on the B.A.S.S. Conservation logo (It will change from black & white to color) Otherwise you may be voting for another organization without realizing it.
  • Next fill in the secret word displayed.
  • Finally click on “Submit Your Vote.”

2)  We urge you to vote EVERY DAY until October 13th.

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NC Anglers Finish 5th At National Championship

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Tyler Dunn and Matthew Shrewsbury showcased one heck of a roller coaster ride during the inaugural B.A.S.S. High School National Championship on Kentucky Lake and Carroll County Reservoir. After a disappointing day #1 On Kentucky Lake, the pair were well outside of the top 30 and needed to make up plenty of ground in order to continue fishing after day #2. Digging deep into their box of angling skills the duo bounced back with a strong performance during day #2 on Kentucky Lake and ended up in the 27th position, earning the tandem a spot in the next leg of competition.

With a move of venue to the Carroll County Reservoir on days 3 and 4, the scores were reset to zero for the thirty teams that would start the second leg of this championship event. Dunn and Shrewsbury were all smiles at weigh-in as the teammates walked off stage in first place and easily bypassed the top 10 cut for the final day of the event.

Day #4 CWith the last day of competition to go, the pair had to overcome the pressures associated with their newly earned spot at the top of the leaderboard, ignore the numerous ESPN camera boats chasing the top 10 angling teams, and simply focus on catching fish for one more weigh-in period. “It was a tough day for them” said Mark Williamson, boat captain for Dunn and Shrewsbury. “Matthew had made a very long cast and hooked up with a five pounder. With that fish biting on such a long cast it was hard for Matthew to get a really good hook-set and the fish came up near the rear of the boat Day #4 Aand simply threw the lure. It was a devastating blow to the two anglers.” After some time reflecting on the disappointing moment, Williamson focused on helping bring the two anglers back mentally and keep their spirits up for the remaining hours of the event. The tandem did manage several other bites, but were only able to bring one fish to the scales by days end, ultimately landing the team in the fifth position.

For more information, photos, and stories from this event, visit Bassmaster.com or click here to be redirected to the Bassmaster web page.

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NC Youth Rise To The Top

Shrewsbury & Dunn Take Control Of The B.A.S.S. High School National Championship

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Proving that anything is possible, Matthew Shrewsbury and Tyler Dunn have climbed their way back into contention for hoisting the B.A.S.S. National Championship trophy high above their heads by days end on Saturday. Shrewsbury and Dunn have defied the odds and have moved all the way to the top of the standings with their day #3 performance. With only one day of competition to go, the duo will attempt to fend off any of the remaining contenders. Only the top 10 teams will compete on day #4.

8_145Falling a little short on day #3 was the second North Carolina team, consisting of Chris Chavez and Ethan Howard. Holding strong after the first two days of competition, the tandem finished day #3 in the 22nd position. Although physically out of the competition, Chavez and Howard continue their adventure through the eyes of their fellow North Carolinians, Shrewsburry and Dunn, by offering lures and moral support for the final day of the event. The four high schoolers have become close over the course of the week and their team spirit is evident with their actions among each other.

Bassmaster.com will offer live coverage once again during the final weigh-in and can be viewed by clicking here.

To read the full story provided by Bassmaster.com regarding Shrewsburry and Dunn click here.

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NC High School Teams Advance To Day #3

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17_103With two days of B.A.S.S. High School National Championship competition in the books, the field of 61 has now been cut to 30. Chris Chavez and Ethan Howard, representing Clayton High, netted a decent showing on day #1 of competition with a five fish limit weighing 10lbs – 12oz leaving the duo in 20th place. However, the Beddingfield team of Tyler Dunn and Matthew Shrewsbury were not so fortunate on day #1 and were forced to cross the stage at days end with only one keeper, landing the tandem in 50th spot.

41_16On day #2 Chavez and Howard created a bit of drama by only bringing three fish to the scales at 6lbs – 10oz bringing their two-day total to 17lbs – 6oz and landing the pair in 23rd position overall. Dunn and Shrewsbury showed their “Never Give Up” attitude and hauled in an impressive three-fish / 12lb – 5oz catch that leaped the tandem slightly above the top 30 cut-off to end the day in the 27th position.

Days 1 & 2 Results

The 30 teams that made the cut will now converge onto Carroll County Lake where the event will finish out the final two days of competition.

Additional event information, stories, and photos can be found at the bassmaster.com site or by clicking here to be re-directed to the page.

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NC Teams Contending At National Championship

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Two high school teams from North Carolina have embarked on a journey that will create memories for a lifetime. Chris Chavez and Ethan Howard from Clayton High, along with Tyler Dunn and Matthew Shrewsbury from Beddingfield High, are competing this week in the Bassmaster High School Championship presented by Carhartt.014071495105141

IMG_1329731353629659Hosted by Bethel University, the event will take place on the waters of Kentucky Lake and Carroll County Reservoir near Paris, Tennessee. A total of 58 teams from 33 states have converged to test their angling skills for the chance at not only holding the championship trophy, but their share of over $66,000 in scholarships.

Both teams were able to get some valuable time in on the water both Monday and Tuesday during the official practice days. The tournament days are Wednesday through Saturday and will consist of cuts after day two and day three that will eliminate teams from competition.

For more information on this unique event and to follow the action, visit Bassmaster.com or click here to be taken directly to the site.

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NC B.A.S.S. Nation Conservation Updates

Bill Frazier, NC B.A.S.S. Nation Conservation Director, has been busy keeping tabs on the many projects and events that affect our area lakes and waterways. Bill’s membership in the NC B.A.S.S. Nation and the role he fills is a tremendous asset to our organization, yet his devotion to ensuring that we, as fishermen, will continue to have quality fisheries to visit typically goes unnoticed.

Listed below are a few key events that Bill has attended, provided valuable input, and continues to follow as a concerned outdoorsman and fellow member. If you have any questions concerning any of the topics or events listed below, feel free to contact Bill at mustfish@rocketmail.com.

Thank you Bill Frazier for your time and efforts!!!

Events attended:

  • Attended both East and West NC BASS Regional Meetings
  • Attended BASS Nation Conservation Summit in Birmingham (Gratefully acknowledging support from NC B.A.S.S. Nation)
  • Annual NC Aquatic Weed Conference Meeting (Teleconference)
    • Most significant outcome:
      • ALL state and fed reps solid in their proposal to put escalating costs back on local authorities
  • Lake Gaston Stakeholders Assn. Annual Meeting:
    • We attended the Board of Directors Meeting by teleconference as well
    • Most significant outcomes:
      • Vote to allow homeowners individual stocking of grass carp in their locations did not pass.
      • Considerable confusion about current state of legislation in Virginia to allow wildlife agency funds of $500,000 to treat weeds at Gaston
  • SC/Clemson Aquatic Weed and Algae Management Conference
    • Most significant outcomes:
      • Served on expert panel about future of the science and reality of weed and algae management
      • Pitched umbrella funding idea for control and source of needed funds WITHOUT attacking existing wildlife and environmental management programs
  • SE Lake and Watershed Management Conference, Ashville (NALMS)
    • Speaker
    • Topic covered the economics of sport fishing and its connections, or not, with invasive species.
    • Pitched umbrella funding idea for control and source of those funds WITHOUT attacking existing wildlife and environmental management programs

Planned activities:

  • We are now a group member of “Friends of Reservoirs” through the generous support of Earl Conway, former Conservation Director
  • We have submitted our proposed Summer locations for the cooperative “BASSCourse” project with NC WRC. The next milestone is actual deployment.
  • We are progressing to getting Randleman Youth back up and going since the host school coach has moved to a new career.
  • We will be supporting the BASS Norman Open in October. Please pass this along to our clubs. We can probably handle the work with what we have but it’d be great to have a big turnout to show support for BASS in NC.

Suggested Activities:

  • Any future in all of us meeting with our elected reps up to and including the governor about the invasives and funding?
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NC High School Team Event #1–Kerr Lake

Howard & Chavez on top in first event of it’s kind for B.A.S.S. in North Carolina

uvs131029-002Tournament bass fishing has seen a lot of changes over the years.  Most importantly, in my opinion, we’ve seen the doors open for younger generations to compete under the same formats as the pros.  The introduction of collegiate bass fishing saw some amazing growth.  Who would have ever thought the concept would soon trickle down into the high school level, where not only can these young adults battle it out on the football field on Friday nights, they can now go face to face with other area schools on the water as well.  The concept of high school fishing competition is slowly catching on.  Some states already recognize it as a sanctioned high school sport.  Others are gaining momentum with more and more schools showing interest.  North Carolina is one of those states gaining momentum.

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uvs131029-001The Angler’s Choice North Carolina High School Open Series, operating under the North Carolina B.A.S.S. Nation umbrella held its inaugural event October 26, 2013 on Kerr Lake near Henderson, NC.  This was the first of four tournament events that will allow these young anglers to accumulate points that will be used to determine the top two teams that will advance to the B.A.S.S. High School Championship.  The format requires two high school anglers to pair up for each event, catch and weigh their five largest fish at days end, and earn points based on their finishing order.  The two teams with the highest scores after the four events will represent North Carolina at the National Championship.

uvs131029-003Ethan Howard and Chris Chavez got off to a great start in their quest for the championship by winning the Kerr Lake event with a five fish limit tipping the scales at 11.75 lbs. Howard also landed the Bass Pro Shops lunker of the event with his 3.90 kicker. Taking the second position was the team of Owen Smith and Roman Fontaine with 5.90 lbs. The duo of Quinton Carwell and Zach Greene nailed down the third spot with 5.45 lbs. Grabbing the fourth spot with 4.80 lbs was the pair of Raymond Lines and Andrew Johnson. Rounding out the top five included the team of Bobby Bauer and Jacob Keever with 4.20 lbs.

Complete results can be found by clicking here.

The next scheduled event will take place 11/30/13 on Lake Norman. A complete schedule is listed below. For more information on how your school can start its own High School team or for more information on these upcoming events contact Bob Bauer at 336-972-0393.

Event #1  10/26/13 – Kerr Lake – Flemingtown Access

Event #2  11/30/13 – Lake Norman – McCrary Creek Access ( Next to Catawba Queen)

Event #3  2/23/14 – Shearon Harris – Cross Point Landing

Event #4  3/29/14 – Badin Lake – Circle Drive Access

Event Photos (Others will be added as received)

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2013 East Regional – Kerr Lake

Kerr Lake

Henderson, NC

Story & Photos: Chuck Murray

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The Eastern Regional is in the books and the Sandy Creek Bassmasters retained their title with a total weight of 79.13 pounds. The team of Mark Robertson (23.50), Jay Wright (12.22), Marvin Edwards (6.31), Reggie Norfleet (15.54), Sonny Layton (1.73), and Randy Groves (19.83) maintained the title over the second place team of Holly Springs Bass Masters who put 61.70 pounds in the live well. Tri County Bass Masters took third place with 60.44, Sandy Creek Team #3 took fourth with 59.33 and 5 County Bassmasters took the fifth spot with 59.32.

The Sandy Creek team was anchored by Mark Robertson who won the tourney with nine bass for a total weight of 23.50 pounds and was crowned the 2013 Eastern Regional Champion held on Kerr Lake. Congrats Mark!

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Jeff Narron (5 County) had the lead after day number one with an impressive catch of 13.26 pounds, but Robertson over took Narron on day number two with an impressive catch of 14.11 pounds, coming from 19th place after day number one to win the event. Narron was able to hold on to second place with a total weight of 21.38 pounds. Bowman Gray (Tri County) was right behind him and finished 3rd with 21.19 pounds, Steve Vann (Tri County) finished 4th with 20.29 pounds, Neil McDonald (Old Lake Bass Masters) finished 5th with 19.96 pounds, Randy Groves (Sandy Creek) was 6th with 19.83 pounds and Brian Fritts (Reel‘em-In) was 7th with a total of 19.83 pounds. These are the top seven finishers and they will advance to Eufaula Alabama to participate in the 2014 B.A.S.S. Southern Divisional on Lake Eufaula April 13 through April 18, 2014. Congrats to all qualifiers and we look forward to a great trip in the spring. A special congrats to Neil McDonald for making his first NC BASS Federation Nation State Team!

A special thanks goes out to our tourney director Lenny Smathers, his wife Vicky Smathers, my wife Lori Murray for being the official score keepers, and Mr. and Mrs. Greg Howard and Cliff Chavez for helping with the tourney as well.

Big Bass Honors:

Day 1 Mercury Big BASS Award - Stephen LaRose (Holly Springs Bass Masters)

Day 2 Triton Big BASS Award- Mark Lamb (Lucky Strike) and Jeff Narron (Five County Bass Masters)

Each angler received $400 for their big bass catch.

 

Big Bag Honors:

Day 1 Mercury Big Bag Award - Jeff Narron – 13.26 lbs

Day 2 Triton Big Bag Award- Mark Robertson – 14.11 lbs

 

Click here for final results.

Random event photos below. Click each for larger view.

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NC B.A.S.S. Nation Youth News

Carnes and Fitts win 2013 North Carolina B.A.S.S. Nation Youth State Championship on Lake Tillery

June 15th
Lake Tillery – Albemarle, NC
Story/Photos: Bob Bauer

 

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Warm sunny weather greeted the anglers on Lake Tillery in Albemarle, NC. Fisherman from as far west as Black Mountain and East as Dunn converged on beautiful Lake Tillery to take their shot at winning the NCBN State Championship. Chris Carnes from Southfork Bassmasters showed everyone why he is the top young angler in the NCBN by winning his third championship in four years. Chris brought an impressive limit of 5 bass weighing 18.30 lbs. in the 15-18 division. This out distanced second place by 7 pounds and was one of only 3 limits weighed in. Sam Fitts also of Southfork won the younger division with 4 fish that weighed 6.85 lbs. This is Sam’s first Championship and in his brief tournament history has shown he will be a contender for years to come. Second place in the older division was Dekota (Cooter) Shaw with 3 fish that weighed 11.30 lbs. Cooter from the Randalman Outdoors Club also anchored his catch with the days big fish of 6.40 lbs. Other top finishers in the Tournament include:

Ethan Howard of Clayton High School Club was 3rd in the older division with 5 fish with 10.80 lbs.

Luke Farley of Southfork finished 2nd for the second year in a row in the younger division with 5.54 lbs.

Hunter McKee Randleman finished 3rd in the younger division with 3.50 lbs.

Chris and Cooter will advance to the 2014 Southern Divisional at Lake Eufaula in Alabama next spring and fish as part of the North Carolina State Team.

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2013 B.A.S.S. Nation Southern Divisional

Day 1 Launch

The 2013 B.A.S.S. Nation Southern Divisional has begun on Douglas Lake in Eastern Tennessee. Follow all of the action, including live, daily, weigh-ins here.

Event information can be found here.

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