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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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Georgia East 10/15/2017 Clarks Hill
Alabama West 10/15/2017 Bankhead
North Carolina Piedmont 10/21/2017 Gaston
Virginia 10/21/2017 Kerr
Louisiana - Shreveport 10/21/2017 Red River
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Alabama East Central 10/21/2017 Neely Henry
South Carolina Northwest 10/22/2017 Hartwell
Alabama Lay Lake - Logan Martin 10/28/2017 Logan Martin
Mississippi - Ross Barnett 10/28/2017 Ross Barnett
Georgia Central 10/28/2017 Sinclair
Alabama - Mobile 10/28/2017 Tensaw
Florida - Istokpoga South 10/28/2017 Lake Istokpoga
New Mexico 10/28/2017 Elephant Butte
Pennsylvania 10/28/2017 North East River
Georgia North 10/28/2017 Allatoona
Missouri 10/28/2017 Truman Lake
Alabama Central 10/28/2017 Jordan
New York North 10/28/2017 Chaumont Bay
Alabama North 10/29/2017 Guntersville
New Mexico 10/29/2017 Elephant Butte
New York North 10/29/2017 Black Lake
Louisiana - Toledo Bend South 11/04/2017 Toledo Bend
North Carolina East 11/04/2017 Tar/Pamlico River
North Carolina Charlotte 11/04/2017 High Rock Lake
Texas - Houston 11/04/2017 Coleto Creek
Missouri - Stockton 11/04/2017 Stockton
Texas - Central 11/04/2017 Stillhouse Hollow
New York North 11/04/2017 Onondaga Lake
Arkansas 11/04/2017 Hamilton
Louisiana - Toledo Bend South 11/05/2017 Toledo Bend
Texas - Houston 11/05/2017 Coleto Creek
Florida - Seminole 11/05/2017 Seminole
Virginia 11/11/2017 Chickahominy River
Mississippi Gulf Coast 11/11/2017 Pearl River
Mississippi - Ross Barnett 11/11/2017 Ross Barnett
Alabama - Mobile 11/11/2017 Tensaw
Florida - Istokpoga South 11/11/2017 Lake Istokpoga
Pennsylvania 11/11/2017 North East River
Virginia - Western 11/11/2017 Kerr Lake
Texas - Wichita Falls 11/11/2017 Texoma
Alabama Northwest 11/11/2017 Wilson Lake
South Carolina - Greenwood 11/12/2017 Murray
DFW - Texas 11/12/2017 Texoma
Alabama West 11/12/2017 Bankhead
Georgia - West Point 11/12/2017 West Point
Florida - St Johns North 11/12/2017 Rodman
South Carolina - Savannah River 11/18/2017 Savannah River
Alabama Lay Lake - Logan Martin 11/18/2017 Lay Lake
DFW - Texas 11/18/2017 Ray Roberts
Georgia Central 11/18/2017 Sinclair
North Central Louisiana 11/18/2017 D'Arbonne
Alabama North 11/18/2017 Guntersville
Louisiana - Shreveport 11/18/2017 Caddo
North Carolina Central 11/18/2017 Lake Gaston
Georgia - Eufaula 11/18/2017 Lake Eufaula
Georgia North 11/18/2017 Allatoona
Alabama Central 11/18/2017 Mitchell
Alabama East Central 11/18/2017 Weiss
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Southeast North Carolina 11/18/2017 Northeast Cape Fear River
Northeast Tennessee 11/18/2017 Cherokee
Georgia East 11/19/2017 Clarks Hill
South Carolina Northwest 11/19/2017 Russel
Georgia Central 11/25/2017 Oconee
Alabama Northwest 11/25/2017 Wheeler Lake
North Carolina East 12/02/2017 Neuse/Trent River
Mississippi - Ross Barnett 12/02/2017 Ross Barnett
Texas - Houston 12/02/2017 Sam Rayburn
Texas - Wichita Falls 12/02/2017 Graham
Georgia - West Point 12/02/2017 West Point
Arkansas 12/02/2017 Maumelle
Northeast Tennessee 12/02/2017 Cherokee
South Carolina - Greenwood 12/03/2017 Greenwood
Texas - Houston 12/03/2017 Sam Rayburn
Florida - Seminole 12/03/2017 Seminole
DFW - Texas 12/09/2017 Lake Lewisville
Louisiana - Toledo Bend South 12/09/2017 Toledo Bend
Mississippi Gulf Coast 12/09/2017 Jordan
Alabama - Mobile 12/09/2017 Tensaw
Florida - Istokpoga South 12/09/2017 Lake Istokpoga
Georgia - Eufaula 12/09/2017 Lake Eufaula
Missouri - Stockton 12/09/2017 Stockton
Georgia North 12/09/2017 Allatoona
Virginia - Western 12/09/2017 Kerr Lake
Alabama East Central 12/09/2017 Neely Henry
Alabama Northwest 12/09/2017 Pickwick Lake
Georgia East 12/10/2017 Clarks Hill
Alabama West 12/10/2017 Bankhead
Mississippi - Ross Barnett 12/15/2017 Ross Barnett
South Carolina - Savannah River 12/16/2017 Savannah River
Alabama Lay Lake - Logan Martin 12/16/2017 Logan Martin
Georgia Central 12/16/2017 Sinclair
Alabama North 12/16/2017 Guntersville
Louisiana - Shreveport 12/16/2017 Caddo
Arkansas 12/16/2017 Ouachita
Georgia - Blackshear 12/16/2017 Blackshear
Northeast Tennessee 12/16/2017 Norris
South Carolina Northwest 12/17/2017 Clarks Hill
Florida - St Johns North 12/17/2017 St. Johns
Alabama Northwest 12/23/2017 Wilson Lake
Alabama Central 12/30/2017 Martin
Northeast Tennessee 12/30/2017 Cherokee

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