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Brandon Gray of Bullock, N.C., won the Aug. 23-24 Piedmont Division Super Tournament on Kerr Lake with a two-day total weight of 24 pounds, 14 ounces. For his efforts, Gray won over $4,400 in prize money. Angler: Brandon Gray.
Nappier takes co-angler honors on Kerr Lake
August 23, 2014 • MLF • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

HENDERSON, N.C. – Brandon Gray of Bullock, N.C., weighed a two-day total of nine bass totaling 24 pounds, 14 ounces Sunday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Piedmont Division Super Tournament on Kerr Lake. For his victory, Gray earned $4,465.

“I live on the lake and I hadn’t fished a BFL since 2012,” said Gray. “I just decided to get in it because summertime is usually my time on Kerr Lake.

“A few weeks ago the fishing was getting good out deep, but the water came up and that scattered the fish out a lot,” said Gray. “I fished out deep on Saturday. I caught 20 bass at the first place I went to, but I only caught four keepers. I thought I could catch one more keeper out deep but it never happened.

“Sunday, I gambled and decided to fish up the lake around some boat docks,” said Gray, who weighed the biggest bag of the tournament – 15 pounds, 7 ounces – that day. “It turns out those fish had moved, but I was able to find them right up on the bank holding tight to any piece of cover they could get around.”

Gray said he caught his fish on a flutter spoon on Saturday, fishing an area with schooling fish around bait. He said he used a Berkley Havoc Pit Boss to catch his limit on Sunday.

“I thought I had about 12 pounds in the livewell while I was coming in on Saturday. I didn’t realize I would be in the running to win,” finished Gray. “I’ve got to congratulate my competitors too. There are a lot of good anglers fishing the Piedmont Division.”

Rounding out the top 10 pros:

2nd:          Dennis Gilbert, Nathalie, Va., 10 bass, 22-12, $2,233

3rd:          Paul Reich, Winston-Salem, N.C., nine bass, 21-8, $1,488

4th:           Mark Inman, Greensboro, N.C., nine bass, 21-6, $1,042

5th:           Chris Baldwin, Lexington, N.C., nine bass, 18-12, $893

6th:           Lucas Farrington, High Point, N.C., eight bass, 17-15, $819

7th:           Robert Walser, Lexington, N.C., eight bass, 17-13, $744 + $300 Evinrude Bonus

8th:           Rob Digh, Denver, N.C., seven bass, 16-7, $670

9th:           Greg Lahr, Fayetteville, N.C., seven bass, 16-2, $595

10th:        Ray Griffin, Henderson, N.C., six bass, 16-0, $521            

Complete results can be found by clicking here.

Nappier wins co-angler division

Co-angler Brian Nappier of Huntersville, N.C., won the Aug. 23-24 Piedmont Division Super Tournament on Kerr Lake with a two-day total weight of 16 pounds, 7 ounces. He walked away with over $2,200 in earnings for his victory.Brian Nappier of Huntersville, N.C., weighed in a two-day total of six bass totaling 16 pounds, 7 ounces Saturday to win $2,233 in the co-angler division.

Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers:

2nd:          Will White, Wake Forest, N.C., six bass, 12-10, $1,116

3rd:          David Bullock, Durham, N.C., six bass, 12-2, $744

4th:           Chuck Wilson, Youngsville, N.C., four bass, 8-9, $521

5th:           Joe Westmoreland, Greensboro, N.C., four bass, 8-6, $447

6th:           Thomas Clifton, Rolesville, N.C., three bass, 8-5, $409

7th:           David Stone, Midlothian, Va., three bass, 7-9, $372

8th:           Mark Davis, Bear Creek, N.C., three bass, 7-1, $335

9th:           Eric Lochner, Fayetteville, N.C., four bass, 6-14, $298

10th:        Junior Roberts, Ringgold, Va., four bass, 6-14, $260

Complete co-angler results can be found by clicking here.

The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 2-4 Regional Championship on the 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.

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