Out of 10 teams that qualified, 31 bass keepers were brought to the scales weighing in at a total of 81 pounds at the Piedmont Bass Classics Fall Team Bass Tournament Trail held at Shearon Harris Reservoir on Nov. 4. Several other teams had fish but decided not to weigh in after they saw the leader board.
Hal Abshire, of Cameron, and Ethan Cox, of West End, had five bass that weighed 15.91 pounds, winning the first place prize of $1,700 along with the top spot in the tournament within a tournament (TWT) worth $315, for a grand total of $2,015. The four top teams weighing in were within ounces of the lead.
The tournament’s biggest fish weighed in a 7.73 pounds.
The temperature was 34 degrees at the start of the tournament, and about 59 degrees at the weigh-in. Winds were blowing out of the northeast at around 10 mph all day. Most fish were caught in two to 18 feet of water. Hot baits for the day were spinner baits, jerk baits and Rat-L-Traps and shaky heads. The water temperature was around 59 degrees.
The points winners for the Fall Trail season were Chad Craven, of Raleigh, and Tommy Farley, of Colonial Heights, Va. They each received a JB Custom Rod for their efforts.
The 2013 tournament programs will begin Feb. 16th at Shearon Harris. The N.C. Team Tournament Bass Trail will be the main event for the Spring and will feature an eight tournament payout of an estimated $100,000 in cash and prizes.
There is also a mini-trail schedule worked in on the dates when the trail is idle. Plans are also in place for an open tournament at Hyco Lake.
More information on tournaments can be found at www.piedmontbassclassics.com.
First: Hal Abshire and Ethan Cox (5 bass) 15. 91 pounds, $1,700. Second: Jerry Marshburn and Allan Parker, 5, 15.79, $520. Third: Jay Garrard and Mark Herndon, 5, 15.69, $280.
First: Marshburn and Parker, 7.73 pounds, $140. Second: Garrard and Herndon, 6.43, $60
First: Abshire and Cox, 15.91 pounds, $315. Second: Marshburn at Parker, 15.79, $135