Don Sprinkle Takes the win ABA on High Rock Lake


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Don Sprinkle of Lexington, NC won the Bass Pro Shops Fishing Tour Divison 14 tournament presented by American Bass Anglers.  Running out of Southmont ramp near Lexington, NC.   Don Sprinkle brought back five fish that locked in the scales at 13.82 pounds anchored by a 4.54-pound kicker.  For the victory, Don Sprinkle took home a check for $432.00.

Don reported that the bite was very slow for him.  His fish came on Senkos and Trick worms in 5 ft. of water or less around docks and wood.  He tried fishing some offshore structure but was unable to get any bites doing that.

Second place was claimed by Richard Bradford with 5 fish and a total weight of 13.17 lbs.  For his efforts, Rick took home $223.00 in prize money.

Rick Bradford reported catching his fish flipping bushes in shallow water up the lake with a Big Texan colored Berkley Pit Boss.

Matt Stark took third with 5 fish and a total weight of 12.06 lbs and took home $79.00 in prize money.

Matt caught his fish shallow on rip rap banks with a Riot Baits Minima jig and flipping bushes with a beaver style bait.

The Biggest Bass of the tournament was caught by James Barber on a spinnerbait.  His fish locked in the scales at 5.25 lbs earning him $70.00.

Top finishers:

1stDon Sprinkle13.82-lbs
2ndRichard Bradford13.17-lbs
3rdMatt Stark12.06-lbs
4thJames Barber11.98-lbs

The next tournament in this division will take place on June 15th, and 16th, 2019 launching from McCrary Creek Access on Lake Norman.
For more information on this event or division please contact local director Lance Eckford at (919)628-3383 or visit

These anglers earn valuable points toward the divisional angler of the year title. The points champion from each division will compete in the annual American Bass Anglers AFT Angler of The Year Final Round at the Bass Pro Shops Fishing Tour Championship. In addition, the top 500 anglers from the various divisions will earn the right to compete in the three-day ABA, Bass Pro Shops National Championship tournament.

The Bass Pro Shops Fishing Tour offers low cost, close to home bass tournaments that are designed for the weekend angler. All anglers fish for money and points. The points advance the angler to their divisional championship and the top 500 anglers in the US are invited to the Bass Pro Shops Fishing Tour National Championship for this fall on Lake Eufaula, AL.

American Bass Anglers is sponsored by: Bass Pro Shops, Triton Boats, Mercury Marine, Nitro Boats, Tracker Boats, MotorGuide, Garmin, T-H Marine, Abu Garcia, Berkley, Engel Coolers, Four Roses Bourbon, Lucas Oil, Maui Jim, Optima Batteries and Power-Pole.  Mailing address: American Bass Anglers, Inc, PO Box 475, Athens, AL 35612 PH (256) 232-0406.


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