Billy Bledsoe & Brian McDonald Win ACADEMY SPORTS & OUTDOORS $10,000 SPRING TEAM BASS TRAIL QUALIFIER #3 #3 March 31st 2018 Falls Lake


Saturday, March 31st, 2018 ~ Falls Lake ~ Ledge Rock Wildlife Ramp

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The 2018 PBC Academy Sports & Outdoors $10,000 Spring Team Bass Trail Qualifier #3 at Falls Lake was a record setter! 1st of all, we had 98 boats, a record for PBC, and probably the least amount of weight ever weighed in on a big PBC Spring Trail event! That morning the air temp was 44 degrees then warmed up to 68 in the pm. Water temps averaged about 57 degrees. Winds were light at the 7:15 blastoff and then picked up to about 8 mph for the afternoon!  What we thought was gonna be a good fishing day was crippled by the full moon, another front and the Corp letting the water out at a high rate. You never know from one day to another how the bite will be. But a good bite is still coming!!

Billy Bledsoe & Brian McDonald topped the field weighing in 5 bass at 20.53 lbs. & also won the 1st Place TWT & Prize money from TH Marine & Skeeter Boats for a total of $6,713 in winnings. The team found the fish late in 2′ to 10′ grassy water using chatterbaits and flipping plastics. They had 1 really big fish (7.24 lbs.) that helped fill the sack!!

Close behind by only .17th of a pound was the team of Seth Ellis & Doug Stalling taking 2nd place with 5 fish (one at 7.36 lbs.) weighing 20.36 lbs. and 2nd Place TWT to take home $1,567 in winnings. 3rd Place Team, Tom Saywell & Brad
Corrao, had 5 nice fish weighing 17.78 lbs. and took home $705!! The 1st Place Big Fish Award (7.64 lbs.) went to the 6th Place team of Bud Whitt & Spencer Moody. They took home a whopping $1,814 in winnings!!! Shane Burns took 2nd
Big Fish award with a nice 7.59 pounder and won $576! The prize money got spread around pretty good again today!

Only 142 fish were weighed in for a total of 391 pounds for an average of 2.75 lbs. each, the lowest average weight for Falls Lake I’ve ever seen for this time ofyear.  Most of the fish were caught on chatterbaits, flippin’ plastics and shallow running crankbaits in anywhere from 2 to 10 feet of water. The Spring bite is coming, but we’ve got to have some warmer weather and less cold fronts!!! We also had a lot of new names on the winners list today! Congrats to all !!!

I want to thank all the anglers that participated and all our sponsors that support this trail. Our next tournament is Saturday April 7th, the PBC Cashion Fishing Rods Spring Trail Q#4 at Kerr Lake out of Flemingtown Landing Wildlife
Ramp. All the info can be found at this link:
Following that will be the PBC Academy Sports & Outdoors $10,000 Spring Team Bass Trail Qualifier #4, Saturday
April 14th also at Kerr Lake.
All the information on our tournaments can be found

Now here are the full results:

1st Place:  Billy Bledsoe & Brian McDonald of Gray’s Creek & Hope Mills…5 bass…34.54 lbs…$1,445
2nd Place:  Seth Ellis & Doug Stalling of Durham…5 bass…20.36 lbs…$862
3rd Place:  Tom Saywell & Brad Carrao of Fuquay Varina & Charlotte…5 bass…17.78 lbs…$705
4th Place:  Clay Ausley & Allen Parker of Fuquay Varina & Sandord…4 bass…13.29 lbs…$627
5th Place:  Dale Phillips & Charles Hembree of Mount Airy…5 bass…12.01 lbs…$549
6th Place:  Bud Whitt & Spencer Moody of Staley & Siler City…3 bass…11.47 lbs…$470
7th Place:  Jeff & Thomas Clifton of Rolesville…4 bass…10.90 lbs…$392
8th Place:  Jared Thaxton & Brad Crabtree of Youngsville & Greensboro…3 bass…10.38 lbs…$324
9th Place:  Bryson Peed & Josh Fletcher of Stem…4 bass…10.32 lbs…$304
10th Place:  Jonathan Holloway & Collin Ford of Fayetteville…2 bass…9.87 lbs…$284
11th Place:  Cole Harris & Chris Phinney of Essec Jct., VT & Raleigh…4 bass..9.70 lbs…$264
12th Place:  Richard Greene & Ernest Stephens of Laurinburg & Orrum…5 bass…9.55 lbs…$245
13th Place:  Chase Owens & Mitch Lance of Snow Camp & Murphy…5 bass…9.30 lbs…$210.50…
13th Place:  Wayne Yates & John Tinin of Raleigh & Greensboro…4 bass…9.30 lbs…$210.50…Tie
15th Place:  David Walton & Justin Young of Raleigh & Fuquay Varina…2 bass…9.09 lbs…$177
16th Place:  Chris & H.T. Eakins of Selma & Angier…3 bass…9.02 lbs…$157
17th Place:  James Noteboom & Chris Creech of Zebulon & Smithfield…3 bass…8.86 lbs…$137
18th Place:  Jaime Fajardo & Josh Hooks of Fuquay Varina & Apex…4 bass…8.73 lbs…$128
19th Place:  Jay Eriksen & Tim Moloney of Louisburg & IL…4 bass…8.38 lbs…$118
20th Place:..Tom & John Powell of Haw River & Graham…3 bass…8.22 lbs…$108

1st Place Big Fish..6th Place Team above…7.64 lbs…$1,344
2nd Place Big Fish..Shane & Bonnie Burns of Durham…7.59 lbs…$576

1st Place TWT..1st Place Team above…20.53 lbs…$1,645
2nd Place TWT..2nd Place Team above: 20.36 lbs…$705


Next PBC Tournament  ~ April 7th , 2018
2018 Cashion Fishing Rods
Spring Team Tournament Bass Trail Q#4 !!
Blast Off Approx. 6:30 am...1st Flight Weighin 3:00 pm
Pay Entry at ramp from 5:00 am.
     Cash Only At The Ramp.
For All The Information On This Trail Go To:

Contact Information:
Phil McCarson…Tournament Director—922 Valetta Rd.—Durham, NC   27712
Home: 919-471-1571     Cell: 919-971-5042
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