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Lance Eckford Takes the win on Badin

Athens, Al -  Lance Eckford of Troutman, NC won the American Fishing Tour division 14 tournament on Badin Lake in Stanley County, NC with five fish weighing 17.20 pounds held on 03/03/2018.

It was a cold and blustery morning on Badin Lake with temperatures in the low 30’s and winds out of the NNW at 10 to 20 mph.  Despite the cold and windy conditions a field of 21 anglers turned out to fish.  The anglers enjoyed sunny skies throughout the day, with temperatures topping out in the upper 50’s.  Water conditions were less than ideal, as recent rains muddied the water significantly, proving to present challenging conditions to the field.  

Despite a slow bite due to conditions, Lance Eckford was able to put together a winning strategy by keying on secondary points and throwing a square bill crank bait.  He reported that the morning bite was slow, but he got lucky and caught his first fish around 8:00 am and it was a 5 pounder.  A great start to the morning, and the first clue to a winning pattern.  Lance rounded out a limit by catching a second 5 pound largemouth at around 1:00 pm, and went on to cull 3 more times for a winning weight of 17.20 pounds, worth $539.00.  That was just enough to edge out Charles Whitaker, also of Troutman, NC, who landed 5 bass weighing in at 16.25 pounds, worth $317.00. Charles also took home the big bass honors with a 5.73 pound kicker, worth $100.00.   
The tough bite was a significant factor to the success of our first and second place anglers, as they were the only two 5 fish limits weighed in.  The 3rd and 4th place anglers were both on the right size fish and could have easily taken the win with that elusive 5th fish.  3rd place went to Kevin Thomas of Indian Trail, NC with 4 fish weighing in a 14.88 pounds, worth $101.00 and 4th place went to Darrell Crumbley of Lexington, NC with 4 fish weighing in at 13.68 pounds, worth $72.00. 

Congratulations to our top finishers.  Division 14’s next event will be held on Lake Norman out of McCrary Creek access on Saturday March 31st, 2018  

Top five Anglers:
1.Lance Eckford        17.20lbs
2. Charles Whitaker    16.25lbs
3. Kevin Thomas        14.88lbs
4. Darrell Crumbley    13.68lbs
5. William Sipe        11.99lbs

Big Bass winner: Charles Whitaker 5.73 pounds

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.

The American Fishing Tour offers low cost, close to home bass tournaments that are designed for the weekend angler. All ABA anglers fish for money and points. The points advance the angler to their divisional championship and the top 500 anglers in the US are invited to the American Fishing Tour National Championship. 
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Texas - Houston 3/17/2018 Lake Livingston
Missouri - Stockton 3/17/2018 Stockton
DFW - Texas 3/17/2018 Ray Hubbard
Alabama Lay Lake - Logan Martin 3/17/2018 Lay Lake
Arkansas North 3/17/2018 Greers Ferry
Lynchburg / Roanoke VA 3/17/2018 Smith Mountain(Open Event)
South Carolina - Greenwood 3/18/2018 Clarks Hill
Florida - St Johns North 3/18/2018 St Johns
Kansas South 3/18/2018 Coffey Co. SFL
Florida - Toho 3/18/2018 Toho
Alabama West 3/18/2018 Bankhead
Georgia - Westpoint 3/18/2018 West Point
Louisiana - Toledo Bend South 3/24/2018 Toledo Bend
North Carolina East 3/24/2018 Neuse/Trent River
Virginia 3/24/2018 Chickahominy River
Georgia Central 3/24/2018 Sinclair
Georgia - Eufaula 3/24/2018 Lake Eufaula
Texas - Wichita Falls 3/24/2018 Ray Roberts
Missouri 3/24/2018 Lake Ozark
Kentucky Central 3/24/2018 Kentucky Lake
Florida Harris Chain 3/24/2018 Harris Chain
Oklahoma East 3/24/2018 Fort Gibson
Alabama East Central 3/24/2018 Neely Henry
Louisiana - Toledo Bend South 3/25/2018 Toledo Bend
South Carolina Northwest 3/25/2018 Clarks Hill
Tennessee Central 3/25/2018 Old Hickory
DFW - Texas 3/25/2018 Ray Roberts
North Carolina Piedmont 3/31/2018 Gaston
North Carolina Charlotte 3/31/2018 Lake Norman
New Mexico 3/31/2018 Elephant Butte
North Carolina Central 3/31/2018 Roanoke
Virginia - Western 3/31/2018 Kerr Lake
Alabama Central 3/31/2018 Alabama River
Alabama Northwest 3/31/2018 Wheeler Lake (Open Event)
Texas - Sam Rayburn North 3/31/2018 Sam Rayburn
Southeast North Carolina 3/31/2018 Northeast Cape Fear River
Tennessee - West 3/31/2018 Kentucky Lake
Kansas - Big Hill 3/31/2018 Big Hill
Louisiana Central 3/31/2018 Bisteneau
Alabama North 3/31/2018 Guntersville


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