EUFAULA, Ala. Chevy pro Bryan Thrift of Shelby, N.C., finished in second place with a four-day total of 19 bass weighing 62 pounds, 1 ounce at the May 18 Walmart FLW Tour at Lake Eufaula.
He earned $35,000 for his efforts.
Pro Randy Haynes of Counce, Tenn., displayed why he is known as one of the best deep-water ledge fisherman in the country as he targeted the Lake Eufaula ledges for the win with his final five bass weighing 16 pounds, 1 ounce giving him a four-day weight of 73 pounds, 1 ounce – 11 pounds heavier than second place – as well as the championship trophy and the $125,000 purse.
Haynes said most of his fish came from throwing a mixture of swimbaits and cranking Strike King 5XD and 6XD crankbaits.
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The top 10 pros finished the tournament in:
• 1st: Randy Haynes, Counce, Tenn., 20 bass, 73-1, $125,000
• 2nd: Chevy pro Bryan Thrift, Shelby, N.C., 19 bass, 62-1, $35,000
• 3rd: Justin Lucas, Guntersville, Ala., 18 bass, 61-0, $30,000
• 4th: Castrol pro David Dudley, Lynchburg, Va., 20 bass, 60-12, $25,000
• 5th: Stetson Blaylock, Benton, Ark., 20 bass, 59-9, $20,000
• 6th: Kelley Jaye, Dadeville, Ala., 20 bass, 59-6, $17,000
• 7th: Straight Talk pro J.T. Kenney, Palm Bay, Fla., 17 bass, 52-15, $16,000
• 8th: John Devere, Berea, Ky., 15 bass, 51-7, $15,000
• 9th: David Fritts, Lexington, N.C., 18 bass, 51-2, $14,000
• 10th: Scott Martin, Clewiston, Fla., 16 bass, 47-12, $13,500
A complete list of results can be found at FLWOutdoors.com.
Bryan New of Belmont, N.C., won the co-angler division and $20,000 with a three-day total of 11 bass weighing 27 pounds, 7 ounces, followed by Jason Johnson of Gainesville, Ga., in second place with 10 bass weighing 24 pounds, 13 ounces worth $7,500.
Pros competed for a top award of up to $125,000 this week plus valuable points in the hope of qualifying for the 2013 Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart, the world championship of bass fishing. The top 35 anglers in the point standings from the six events on the 2013 Walmart FLW Tour will qualify. The 2013 Forrest Wood Cup will be in Shreveport, La., Aug. 15-18 on the Red River.
Coverage of the Lake Eufaula tournament will be broadcast in high-definition (HD) on NBC Sports Network when “FLW” airs June 23 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. ET.
Lake Wylie Music Fest June 8
LAKE WYLIE Lake Wylie boaters can anchor and listen to the music for one day only as Lake Wylie Music Fest returns this summer June 8.
Jan Pendleton, along with husband Jon and friends Paul Noble and Caroline Boatright, launched the fest in 2010, with concerts at “The Cow Cove” in the back of Boyd’s Cove.
Performers set up on a beach stage at a private residence playing to an audience of as many as 150 boats, or 500 people, bobbing on the water. The show is accessible by boat only.
The music line-up includes regional acts, including “American Idol” contestant Josh Sanders of Kannapolis, N.C. This year’s initial set begins at 2 p.m. called Lake Locals & Fest Familiars Gettin’ the Party Started with Tony TBone, Demperio Hertz Music, and Chris Shepherd & Friends, followed by the fest’s traditional Sunset Celebration at 3:30 p.m. with The Mighty RhythmBusters, Fountain Penn, Eddie Barnette Band, Josh Sanders & Band, Red Dirt Revelators, Chubby Knuckles, and ending at dark with a special fire finale by Stray Cat.
New this year will be tie-dye wristbands and women’s tank tops for sale to help offset the costs. There also will be an Audience Design and Culinary Challenge. Boaters are challenged to decorate their boats, and prepare special food and drink to celebrate the fest. A panel of floating judges will award trophies.
BFL tourney June 15 on Lake Wylie
T he Walmart Bass Fishing League South Carolina Division anchors at Lake Wylie June 15.
For more information visit FLWOutdoors.com.
Water emergency team needs volunteers
YORK COUNTY The York County Emergency Response Team is seeking volunteers to join the team.
The team does water-related search, rescue and recovery, swift water rescue, low-angle rope rescue and search for missing people.
Scuba divers and non-divers are needed. Visit yorkcountyert.com to find out more.
For more information, call 803-372-7593.
Covekeepers meet at T-Bones
LAKE WYLIE The Covekeepers, volunteers who work with Catawba Riverkeeper, meet the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at T-Bones on the Lake.
The public is invited. For more information or to report water issue concerns, visit catawbariverkeeper.org.
Marine group meets monthly
LAKE WYLIE Lake Wylie Marine Commission meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month at various locations in York, Gaston and Mecklenburg counties.
The public is invited. For more information and meeting location, visit lakewyliemarinecommission.com.
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