Grigg wins Red Man bass event on Lake Murray - Major League Fishing

Grigg wins Red Man bass event on Lake Murray

February 13, 2000 • MLF • Archives

PROSPERITY, S.C., – Eric Grigg, 37, of Shelby, N.C., out fished the competition Saturday to earn $6,000 and 50 CITGO Challenge Points in the Red Man Tournament Trail Carolina Division opener on Lake Murray.

Grigg caught five bass weighing 22 pounds, 5 ounces during the one-day event to edge out David Wright of Lexington, N.C., who finished with a five-bass catch of 16-10 worth $3,000. Grigg fished black and blue jigs around rocks near the dam.

David Stewart of Boiling Springs, S.C., placed third and collected $1,500 for five bass weighing 15-15. Bill Noah of Thomasville, N.C., who earned $1,300 for four bass weighing 15-13, and Marc Leech of Gastonia, Ga., who received $1,200 for five bass weighing 15-11, followed in fourth and fifth place respectively. Noah also won the tournament’s Abu Garcia Big Bass Award of $1,000 in the Pro Division for an 8-pound largemouth.

In the Co-Angler Division, the top five finishers were competing in their first Red Man tournament. First place and $3,000 went to Kevin Delesandro, 27, of Blackstop, S.C., for three bass weighing 10-9. Second place and $1,500 went to Jeff Hyder of Union, S.C., for three bass weighing 10-1, while Carey Nix of Liberty, S.C., took third place and $750 with one bass weighing 7-11. Nix also collected $500 form Abu Garcia for catching the biggest bass in the Co-Angler Division.

On March 11, the Red Man Tournament Trail travels to Lake Hartwell for the second of five events in the Carolina Division. The boater with the most CITGO Challenge points after the division’s season finale, a two-day Super Tournament Sept. 9-10 on Lake Murray, is declared the Divisional Points Champion and awarded $1,000. The co-angler amassing the most points by the end of the season receives $500.

Operation Bass was founded in 1979 on the principle that working anglers should be able to fish competitively without interfering with jobs and family. The trail’s championship event, the Red Man All-American, awards $100,000 to the winning boater and $50,000 to the winning co-angler. The highest placing CITGO Divisional Points Champion at the All-American receives $10,000 in the boater division and $2,500 in the Co-Angler Division. Overall, more than $5.7 million could be awarded in 2000 based on full fields in each of the series’ 119 events nationwide.