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Hamrick Takes Top Honors On Kerr Lake

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HENDERSON, N.C. – Scott Hamrick of Denver, N.C., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 18 pounds, 6 ounces Saturday to win the second Walmart Bass Fishing League Piedmont Division tournament of 2014 on Kerr Lake. For his victory, Hamrick earned $4,889.

Hamrick earned his second career BFL win by making a smart decision and staying away from the bushes that Kerr Lake is known for.

“All the of boats were crammed in the pockets fishing bushes,” said Hamrick. “They’d pulled the water down a lot and there was barely 6 inches of water in the bushes. They were getting beat to death.

“So I backed out and fished a spinnerbait on rocks and bluffs and stuff like that. I knew it would be sunny, so my game plan was to get a limit and then flip some docks around places I knew and try to get two big bites.”

Hamrick’s plan worked to perfection. He said that he used a Shooter Lures spinnerbait to catch his limit, then switched to a Shooter Lures jig with a Zoom Big Salty Chunk to catch his two biggest fish around the docks.

“I knew that I could surely get a check, and I could win the tournament if I got lucky,” finished Hamrick. “It’s great to win. Money is always a good thing.”

Rounding out the top 10 pros:image.cfm

2nd: Chad Poteat, Mount Airy, N.C., five bass, 17-13, $1,944

3rd: Dwayne Hughes, Lexington, N.C., five bass, 15-14, $1,297

4th: David Wright, Lexington, N.C., five bass, 15-9, $907

5th: Shawn Hammack, Gasburg, Va., five bass, 15-8, $778

6th: Cameron Newhouse, Manson, N.C., five bass, 15-4, $713

7th: William Kemp, Scotland Neck, N.C., five bass, 15-1, $648

8th: George Boyce, Fuquay Varina, N.C., five bass, 14-12, $551

8th: Rodney Sorrell, Stokesdale, N.C., five bass, 14-12, $551

10th: Jason Houchins, Clarksville, Va., five bass, 14-9, $454

Complete results can be found here.

White wins co-angler title

Will White of Wake Forest, N.C., weighed in a five-bass limit totaling 15 pounds, 15 ounces Saturday to win $1,944 in the co-angler division.

Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers:

2nd: Triston Waddle, Radford, Va., five bass, 14-2, $972

3rd: Tom O’Neal, Holly Springs, N.C., five bass, 12-11, $649

4th: Lawrence Aucoin, Durham, N.C., five bass, 11-9, $454

5th: Eric Lochner, Fayetteville, N.C., five bass, 11-8, $389

6th: Kenny Main, Colonial Heights, Va., five bass, 10-11, $356

7th: David Bullock, Durham, N.C., four bass, 10-4, $324

8th: Rusty Lee Stone, Sanford, N.C., five bass, 10-3, $292

9th: David Cox, Greenville, N.C., four bass, 10-0, $243

9th: Chuck Wilson, Youngsville, N.C., five bass, 10-0, $243

Complete co-angler results can be found here.

The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 2-4 Regional Championship on the James River in Richmond, Va. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy Silverado, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.

The BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 120 tournaments throughout the season, five in each division. The top 40 boaters and co-anglers from each division qualify for a regional tournament and compete to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy. The 2014 BFL All-American is being held June 5-7 on Wilson Lake in Florence, Ala. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the Rayovac FLW Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.