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Kraft wins co-angler title


SALISBURY, N.C. (Oct. 3, 2016) – Robert Mixon of Lexington, North Carolina, weighed in a two-day cumulative total of 10 bass totaling 33 pounds, 14 ounces, to win the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) North Carolina Division Super Tournament on High Rock Lake. Mixon took home $7,316 for his efforts.

“I started out throwing crankbaits along rocky banks Saturday but couldn’t get a bite,” said Mixon, who logged his first win in BFL competition. “I arrived at a pier and decided to run a black Zoom Magnum Trick Worm. I caught a 5-pound bass at the first pier, and a 4-pounder from the second.

“By 11 a.m., the pier bite had slowed down, so I went out to some main-lake points in about 8 to 9 feet of water,” Mixon continued. “I used a green-pumpkin Trick Worm and hit about a dozen different points. I was able to catch three more keepers, including another 5-pounder. Those five bites were the only bites I had all day.”

On Sunday, Mixon said he returned to the piers and caught three keepers on the green-pumpkin Trick Worm. Around noon, he headed back out to the main-lake points to round out his limit.

“My last bite was at 1 p.m., and I brought in what I had,” said Mixon. “They weren’t as big as they were Saturday, but my spots still produced.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

1st:          Robert Mixon, Lexington, N.C., 10 bass, 33-14, $5,316 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus

2nd:         James Blankenship, Siler City, N.C., 10 bass, 31-10, $2,958

3rd:          David Wright, Lexington, N.C., nine bass, 28-1, $1,774

4th:          Cole Blythe, Charlotte, N.C., 10 bass, 27-11, $1,440

5th:          John Farmer, Sherrills Ford, N.C., nine bass, 26-10, $1,163

6th:          Kevin Chandler, New London, N.C., nine bass, 26-5, $975

7th:          Steve Sink, Winston-Salem, N.C., eight bass, 25-9, $886

8th:          Thomas Jones, Kannapolis, N.C., nine bass, 25-2, $797

9th:          Jeremy Talbert, Albemarle, N.C., 10 bass, 24-5, $709

10th:        Israel Gibson, Spruce Pine, N.C., nine bass, 24-1, $620

Complete results can be found at

David Williams of Maiden, North Carolina, caught a bass weighing 7 pounds, 3 ounces – the biggest of the tournament in the pro division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $667.

Louis Kraft of Salisbury, North Carolina, won the co-angler division and earned $2,658 with a two-day cumulative catch of seven bass weighing 19 pounds, 5 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

1st:          Louis Kraft, Salisbury, N.C., seven bass, 19-5, $2,658

2nd:         Tod Haynes, Concord, N.C., eight bass, 18-13, $1,429

3rd:          Jeff Scism, Shelby, N.C., six bass, 16-11, $936

4th:          Mike Burgess, Advance, N.C., five bass, 12-9, $620

5th:          Bobby Williams, Salisbury, N.C., four bass, 11-13, $532

6th:          Weston Lineberry, Troy, N.C., five bass, 11-6, $487

7th:          Kalin Cline, Mount Holly, N.C., four bass, 11-2, $443

8th:          Caleb Lynch, Mount Holly, N.C., four bass, 11-1, $733

9th:          Kurt Moser, Max Meadows, Va., four bass, 10-11, $354

10th:        Nikki Hames, Gaffney, S.C., four bass, 9-14, $310

Lynch caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 4 pounds, 10 ounces, and earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $334.

The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 27-29 Regional Championship on Lake Hartwell in Seneca, South Carolina. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and $20,000, 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 50 boaters and co-anglers from each division qualify for a regional tournament and are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the BFL All-American. The 2017 BFL All-American will be held May 31-June 3 on Pickwick Lake in Florence, Alabama. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.

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