SALISBURY, N.C. – Todd Harris of Clemmons, N.C., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 19 pounds, 1 ounce Saturday to win the third Walmart Bass Fishing League Piedmont Division tournament of 2014 on High Rock Lake. For his victory, Harris earned $3,679.
“I’ve been on a pretty strong dock bite for about four weeks,” said Harris. "So, I started the day flipping and I ended the day flipping.
“I targeted probably 25 specific docks,” Harris said. “I only fished those individual docks. I didn’t just go down the bank. It was very strategic. I didn’t revisit one dock all day.
“I was pretty dialed in to be honest,” continued Harris. “I have been dialed in for a few years now. In years past I would try and catch a few fish off of release areas. Today I decided to just fish for the win.
“I was very happy to get the win,” finished Harris. “High Rock is my home lake and I’ve knocked on the door there before in some tournaments, so it was especially nice to win at home.”
Harris said that he was flipping a Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver and a worm, both of which were black and blue-colored.
Rounding out the top 10 pros:
2nd: Terry Trivette, Shoal, N.C., five bass, 18-13, $1,840
3rd: Tommy Jones, Salisbury, N.C., five bass, 16-1, $1,225
4th: Rob Digh, Denver, N.C., five bass, 15-8, $859
5th: Kevin Chandler, New London, N.C., 15-6, $736
6th: Frank White, Marion, N.C., five bass, 15-0, $675
7th: Travis Williams, Salisbury, N.C., five bass, 14-10, $613
8th: Robert Walser, Lexington, N.C., five bass, 14-1, $552 + $300 Evinrude Bonus
9th: Paul Reich, Winston-Salem, N.C., five bass, 14-0, $460
9th: Keith Roberts, Hurt, Va., five bass, 14-0, $460
Complete results can be found here.
Barrett wins co-angler title
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:
2nd: Triston Waddle, Radford, Va., five bass, 12-5, $920
3rd: Doug File, Salisbury, N.C., five bass, 11-15, $612
4th: Dale Webber, Kernersville, N.C., four bass, 11-1, $429
5th: David Reid, Browns Summit, N.C., four bass, 9-13, $368
6th: Tim Royall, Winston-Salem, N.C., three bass, 8-14, $337
7th: Alex Hester, Monroe, N.C., two bass, 8-3, $307
8th: Nathan Hall, Seagrove, N.C., three bass, 7-15, $276
9th: Mark Davis, Bear Creek, N.C., three bass, 7-13, $245
10th: Tony Mencome, Benson, N.C., three bass, 7-12, $215
Complete co-angler results can be found here.
The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 2-4 Regional Championship on James River in Richmond, Va. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy Silverado, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.
The BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 120 tournaments throughout the season, five in each division. The top 40 boaters and co-anglers from each division qualify for a regional tournament and compete to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the Rayovac FLW Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.
FLW is the industry’s premier tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2014 over the course of 229 tournaments across five tournament circuits, four of which provide an avenue to the sport’s richest payday and most coveted championship trophy – the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW" television show and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world. For more information about FLW visit FLWOutdoors.com and look for FLW on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.