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Bell Flips Bushes to Win on High Rock Lake

Wells and Howerton Tie For Co-angler Title
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Rodney Bell
June 12, 2017 • MLF • Archives

Local angler Rodney Bell of Salisbury, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 19 pounds, 11 ounces, Saturday to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Piedmont Division tournament on High Rock Lake presented by Navionics. For his win, Bell netted $6,963.

“I spent the day in Flat Swamp Creek,” said Bell, who earned his fourth career-win in BFL competition. “I caught four of my seven keepers of out of some bushes, and the other three from docks. The water was pretty high, so I had to take the cover off of my motor to get under a bridge and access the areas I fished.”

Bell said he caught six fish on a D&L Lures Flipping Jig with a green-pumpkin Zoom Super Chunk Jr. trailer, and one on a War Eagle spinnerbait.

“The bushes were in the back of the creek and I caught my four early, within the first two hours,” said Bell. “Later on, after the bite died, I switched to docks. I was still in Flat Swamp, just closer to the mouth. The sun got up high and positioned bass under the docks in the shade and that’s where I caught them from.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Rodney Bell, Salisbury, N.C., five bass, 19-11, $4,963 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus

               2nd:         James Funk, Portsmouth, Va., five bass, 18-13, $2,381

               3rd:          David Wright, Lexington, N.C., five bass, 16-10, $2,295

               4th:          Chris Baldwin, Lexington, N.C., five bass, 16-6, $1,111

               5th:          Shawn Hammack, Gasburg, Va., four bass, 15-1, $913

               5th:          Scott Henley, Randleman, N.C., five bass, 15-1, $913

               7th:          Kevin Chandler, New London, N.C., five bass, 14-15, $894

               8th:          Jackson Pleasant, Raleigh, N.C., four bass, 14-2, $714

               9th:          Michael Belter, Reidsville, N.C., five bass, 14-0, $635

               10th:        Bryan Elrod, Mechanicsville, Va., five bass, 13-6, $556

Complete results.

Pro anlger big bass

Wright caught a bass weighing 7 pounds, 6 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – which earned him the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $710.


Co-angler Robert Wells

Co-angler James Howerton

Wells and Howerton tie for co-angler title

Robert Wells of Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, and James Howerton of Danville, Virginia, tied for the Co-angler Division title after each weighing bass totaling 9 pounds, 14 ounces. For their efforts, each angler was awarded $1,786.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Robert Wells, Kill Devil Hills, N.C., three bass, 9-14, $1,786

               1st:          James Howerton, Danville, Va., four bass, 9-14, $1,786

               3rd:          Chip Crews, Trinity, N.C., three bass, 9-9, $791

               4th:          Greg Deal, China Grove, N.C., four bass, 8-5, $556

               5th:          Robert Tysinger, Coats, N.C., two bass, 8-3, $676

               6th:          Mark Davis, Bear Creek, N.C., three bass, 7-11, $487

               7th:          Chris Napier, Virginia Beach, Va., two bass, 7-7, $752

               8th:          Scott Spencer, Raleigh, N.C., four bass, 7-0, $357

               9th:          Anthony Rife, Max Meadows, Va., three bass, 6-15, $318

               10th:        Alden Patterson, Mebane, N.C., two bass, 6-13, $278

Complete results.

Co-angler big bass

Napier caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing 5 pounds, 13 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $355.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 12-14 BFL Regional Championship on the James River in Williamsburg, Virginia. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard.