HENDERSON, N.C. – Chad Poteat of Mount Airy, North Carolina, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 17 pounds even Saturday to win the third Walmart Bass Fishing League (BFL) North Carolina Division tournament of 2015 on Kerr Lake. For his victory, Poteat earned $6,244.
Poteat said he flipped the button bushes in the Nutbush Creek area of Kerr Lake, the same pattern he used to win a BFL Shenandoah Division event last month.
“I caught them on a green pumpkin-colored Zoom Brush Hog,” said Poteat. “I was fortunate that the fish were still hanging around the same area.”
Poteat credited a move to a hidden area of the lake, which can only be accessed in certain conditions, as being a key for him.
“There is a bridge that is so close to the water that the lake has to be down to sneak through,” said Poteat. “In order to get back there I took off my windshield, my depth finders, my trolling motor as well as the cap on my motor. It was worth the effort because I caught a 6-pounder flipping the bushes around 10:30 a.m.”
Poteat said that he ended up catching around 14 bass during the tournament.
“I caught two keepers before going under the bridge, but it was the 6-pounder with the Brush Hog that sealed the deal for me,” said Poteat. “I’m truly blessed.”
The top 10 boaters:
1st: Chad Poteat, Mount Airy, N.C., five bass, 17-0, $4,244 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus
2nd: Marty Warren, Elon, N.C., five bass, 16-12, $2,122
3rd: George Lambeth, Thomasville, N.C., five bass, 16-8, $1,413
4th: Maurice Freeze, Concord, N.C., five bass, 16-3, $990
5th: Eric Moser, Salisbury, N.C., five bass, 15-5, $849
6th: Johnny Guffey, Bessemer City, N.C., five bass, 14-15, $778
7th: Shawn Hammack, Gasburg, Va., five bass, 14-13, $707
8th: Michael Webster, Gastonia, N.C., five bass, 14-9, $637
9th: Jason Wilson, Lincolnton, N.C., five bass, 14-8, $566
10th: Ronnie McCoy, Lamar, S.C., five bass, 14-6, $470
10th: James Wall, Greensboro, N.C., five bass, 14-6, $470
Complete results can be found here.
Poteat also caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division, a fish weighing 6 pounds, 2 ounce and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $600.
Benge wins co-angler title
Mathew Benge of Maiden, North Carolina, weighed in a five-bass limit totaling 13 pounds, 13 ounces Saturday to win $2,122 in the co-angler division.
The top 10 co-anglers:
1st: Matthew Benge, Maiden, N.C., five bass, 13-13, $2,122
2nd: Marvin Godard, Charlotte, N.C., five bass, 13-10, $1,061
3rd: Steve Cannon, Wilkesboro, N.C., five bass, 12-9, $707
4th: Kevin Lynch, Hickory, N.C., five bass, 11-6, $495
5th: Will White, Wake Forest, N.C., five bass, 10-14, $424
6th: Kurt Moser, Max Meadows, Va., five bass, 10-8, $389
7th: Jeff Rikard, Leesville, S.C., five bass, 10-7, $354
8th: Nicholas Shaver, Marion, N.C., five bass, 10-0, $300
8th: Jeffery Wingler, Wilkesboro, N.C., five bass, 10-0, $300
10th: Jason Barraza, Mooresville, N.C., four bass, 9-14, $248
Cannon caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $300.
The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 15-17 Regional Championship on Lake Wateree in Camden, 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.