Pope Wins North Carolina Event
Roger Pope of Statesville, NC won the North Carolina Division Ram Truck Open Series event at Lake Badin on March 5, 2016. Pope brought in a 20.98 pound bag of Lake Badin bass to win $5000. He used a Tackle Town spinnerbait to secure his win. “I caught most of my fish on the spinnerbait. I caught some on laydowns, rip rap, and grass. I don’t know this lake very well, so I just fought the wind and fished what looked good,” said Pope.
Nathan Webber of Lake Wylie, SC finished in second place with 20.89 pounds at the Badin event winning $1486. "I caught all of my fish on a crankbait, just using various types of crankbaits, depending on depth and structure," said Weber.
Third place at the Badin event went to Jeffrey Queen of Catawba, NC with 19.65 pounds winning $991.
David Wright of Lexington, NC caught the 6.16 pound Boater Big Bass of the event to win $690 from the Big Bass Pot. Wright used a Zoom crankbait in the grass to catch his Big Bass. "It was a lucky cast. That's all I can say," said Wright.
Top Five Boaters:
1. Roger Pope 20.98 $5000
2. Nathan Webber 20.89 $1486
3. Jeffrey Queen 19.65 $991
4. Andy Nix 17.56 $694
5. Michael Isenhour 17.20 $595
There were 73 boaters registered for this Ram Truck Open Series event.
Complete results can be found at this link.
Year to date points standing for the North Carolina division can be found at this link.
For more info on the North Carolina division of the Ram Truck Open Series visit www.ramopenseries.com call ABA tournament manager, Rodney Michael, at (256) 497-0967. The next event in this division is on May 7, 2016 at High Rock Lake.
Ram Truck Open Series anglers can take advantage of the “no boat on boat draw” format along with huge payouts for the 2016 season. First place boaters can win a guaranteed $5000 first place, regardless of number of entries. Payouts will increase to $6000 for the first place boater with a 100 boat field. Over the course of four divisional events and the area championship, anglers will be competing for a spot in the 2017 Ray Scott Championship.
Lots of contingency money is up for grabs during the 2016 Ram Trucks Open Series Series season. Anglers participating in the Triton Gold program can earn up to $7,000 at 2016 divisional events and up to $50,000 at the 2017 Ray Scott Championship. Anglers can also take advantage of other programs such as T-H Marine Atlas Rewards, Power Pole Captain's Cash, Garmin Grand Giveaway, Livingston Lures Cash for Big Bass, Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus, Maui Jim Bonus, and Mercury/Motorguide bonus money.
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