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Tucker Wins 2 Day on Lake Norman

Thomas A. Tucker won the RAM American Fishing Tour division 14 Championship on Lake Norman in Mooresville, NC held on 06/10 and 6/11/2017.

Thomas A. Tucker of Cabin Creek, WV is one step closer to the RAM American Fishing Tour National Championship with a first place win on Lake Norman this past weekend. Tucker weighed in ten bass, which weighed 24.00 pounds. 

Second place went to Lance Eckford of Troutman, NC with ten bass weighing 21.26 pounds. 

Third place went to Robert Majerick of Eden, NC with 10 bass weighing in at 19.95 pounds.  

Overall the fishing was pretty good on Lake Norman.  All the anglers were able to bring fish back to the scales, and the weather while warm was very nice with mid 60’s in the mornings and upper 80’s in the afternoon.  The winds were light and variable with skies mostly clear.  Getting around a busy lake Norman on a beautiful weekend can be a little challenging for the anglers, but luckily everyone was able to make it back in safely and enjoy catching some of the bass that Lake Norman has to offer. 

Our top two anglers reported fishing similar patterns by capitalizing on a good top water bite early and transitioning to a jig later in the day.  T. A. Tucker was using a walking top water bait, and Lance was using a buzz bait, the jig of choice for both anglers was a Muffin Top jig in either a 7/16 or 9/16 oz. size.  Color didn’t seem to matter as much as location for either angler.  The key was to be in areas that had lots of bream activity.

Big bass honors went to T. A. Tucker, He weighed in a 4.37 pound largemouth on day 2 to beat out Jerry Stone of Sherrils Ford, NC who also had a kicker on day two that weighed 3.95 pounds.  In total Tucker was able to bring home $716.00 in winnings.  Lance Eckford earned $256.00 for his efforts as well as accruing enough points to take home the Divisional Angler of the Year Award.  Congratulations to our lucky winners this weekend.
 
Division 14 would like to thank Charles Whitaker, owner of Muffin Top Jigs for sponsoring our Championship event and providing some great products to our anglers.  His hand made jigs are some of the best you can get and are very affordable.  You can order yours by contacting Muffin Top Jigs at (704)488-3856, or you can get them in the Lake Norman area at Dry Pond Tackle near Beatties Ford Ramp.  We also want to thank Operation North State for their continued support as well as the tremendous contribution they make each year to our veterans.  If you have the chance to support Operation North State or participate in some of their fishing events throughout the year in North Carolina, please do.  They do a great job of helping and supporting our veterans.  If you want to get involved, contact Terry Snyder at snydert33@yahoo.com or check out their website at www.operationnorthstate.com.

That wraps up another successful season for Division 14.  Good luck to all the anglers still competing out there.  We’ll get a 2018 season schedule out soon.  Until then, thanks for supporting us and we look forward to seeing you soon on the RAM American Fishing Tour!
 
Top Three Anglers:

1. Thomas Tucker    24.00lbs

2. Lance Eckford        21.26lbs

3. Robert Majerick    19.95lbs

Next Event:  Schedule to be published no later than Aug. 31st 2017.

For information about this division and future events visit Americanbassanglers.com or contact the local director for North Carolina-Charlotte – Lance Eckford at (919)628-3383.

These anglers earn valuable points toward the divisional angler of the year title. The points champion from each division will compete in the annual American Bass Anglers AFT Angler of The Year Final Round at the RAM AFT Championship. In addition, the top 500 anglers from the various divisions will earn the right to compete in the three-day ABA, RAM AFT National Championship tournament.

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