Tight race at Norman
By Mark Hicks
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Before the Bassmaster Lake Norman Open got under way, local Elite Series pro Hank Cherry predicted that it would take four spotted bass and one kicker largemouth a day to be in contention. Cherry must be clairvoyant.
All of the top three anglers fishing on the pro side of the event weighed in four spotted bass and one largemouth. North Carolinian David Williams nabbed the lead with 14 pounds, 1 ounce.
Williams claims he caught even better quality bass during practice. The fog this morning helped many of the anglers that were in the early flights. Williams was in flight 1.
“The bass were active the first hour,” he said. “I had my limit by 8 a.m. It got tougher after the sun came out, but I did cull four times.”
Williams leads Richard Howes of Oviedo, Fla., by only 6 ounces. Howes’ kicker largemouth weighed 4 pounds, 5 ounces and was the Big Bass of the day.
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