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Chandler Flipped Shallow Bushes
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Forsee nets co-angler title on High Rock Lake
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Kevin Chandler of New London, N.C., won the May 14 North Carolina Division event on High Rock Lake with a 20-pound, 12-ounce limit and earned a check worth more than $6,000 for his efforts.
May 16, 2016 • MLF • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

Kevin Chandler of New London, North Carolina, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 20 pounds, 12 ounces, Saturday to win the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) North Carolina Division tournament on High Rock Lake presented by Navionics. Chandler took home $6,119 for his victory.

Chandler spent his day flipping mid-lake bushes on the main-lake channel. He says he preferred bushes that were shallow, specifically in 12 to 14 inches of water.

“A lot of anglers were fishing the backs of creeks, so the bushes were overlooked,” says Chandler, who earned his fourth win in FLW competition. “All of the fish I weighed in came from two areas. They were prespawn, just about ready to spawn.

“I used one bait to catch my limit – a green-pumpkin-brown Dirty South Lures jig with a green-pumpkin Zoom Super Chunk trailer,” says Chandler. “I flipped directly to the middle of the bush. Most of the fish bit as soon as it entered the water.”

Chandler caught approximately 10 keepers throughout the event.

“I caught a 4½-pounder on my second flip,” says Chandler. “I had everything I brought to the scale by 10 a.m.”

The top 10 boaters:

1st:          Kevin Chandler, New London, N.C., five bass, 20-12, $4,119 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus

2nd:         James Blankenship, Siler City, N.C., five bass, 16-15, $2,359

3rd:          Russell Corry, Shelby, N.C., five bass, 15-2, $1,374

4th:          John Farmer, Sherrills Ford, N.C., five bass, 13-12, $961

5th:          Chad Poteat, Mount Airy, N.C., five bass, 12-14, $824

6th:          Jeff Queen, Catawba, N.C., four bass, 12-6, $720

6th:          Richard Bradford, Hoffman, N.C., five bass, 12-6, $720

8th:          Carson Orellana, Mooresville, N.C., five bass, 12-4, $618

9th:          Tony Holliday, Piedmont, S.C., five bass, 12-2, $549

10th:        Charles Bowman, Kernersville, N.C., three bass, 12-1, $480

Complete results can be found here.  

Ryan Deal of Indian Trail, North Carolina, caught a 6-pound, 12-ounce bass – the biggest of the tournament in the pro division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $565.

 

Co-angler Bryan Forsee of Statesville, N.C., won the May 14 North Carolina Division event on High Rock Lake with a two fish weighing 12 pounds, 7 ounces to earn over $2,300.

Forsee wins co-angler title

Bryan Forsee of Statesville, North Carolina, weighed in two bass totaling 12 pounds, 7 ounces, Saturday to win the co-angler division and earn $2,341.

The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:          Bryan Forsee, Statesville, N.C., two bass, 12-7, $2,341

2nd:         Michael Smith, Lexington, N.C., four bass, 9-2, $1,030

3rd:          Wayne Smelser, Rural Retreat, Va., three bass, 8-8, $687

4th:          Chip Crews, Trinity, N.C., three bass, 8-1, $480

5th:          Tristen Trull, Mount Holly, N.C., two bass, 7-5, $412

6th:          Kurt Moser, Max Meadows, Va., one bass, 6-4, $378

7th:          Louis Kraft, Salisbury, N.C., one bass, 5-15, $343

8th:          Eddie Cook, Clemmons, N.C., two bass, 5-13, $274

8th:          Greg Deal, China Grove, N.C., two bass, 5-13, $274

8th:          Kyle Richardt, Raleigh, N.C., three bass, 5-13, $274

Forsee also caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 6 pounds, 10 ounces and earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $282.

The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 27-29 Regional Championship on Lake Hartwell in Seneca, South Carolina. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.