Athens, Al –  Sam Gladden of Icard, NC won the Bass Pro Shops Fishing Tour Division 14 tournament on Lake Norman in Mooresville, NC with four fish weighing 8.5 pounds held on 09/14/2019.

Sam Gladden of Icard, NC is one step closer to the Bass Pro Shops Fishing Tour National Championship with a first place win on Lake Norman this past weekend. Gladden weighed in four bass, which weighed 8.5 pounds.

Second place went to Brent Walser of Welcome, NC with four bass weighing 7.86 pounds.

Third place went to Lance Eckford of Troutman, NC with 7.76 pounds.

At launch time the temperatures were in the low 70’s with cloudy skies and light variable winds.

The day’s conditions continued with cloudy skies throughout most of the day with some late sunshine, and temperatures topping out in the low 90’s. Water temperatures were in the mid 80’s.

The winning pattern came fishing top water and a straight tail worm on a shakey head jig in the mid lake area.

Top Three Anglers:
1. Sam Gladden        8.50lbs
2. Brent Walser        7.86lbs
3. Lance Eckford        7.76lbs

Bass winner: Big bass honors went to Brent Walser of Welcome, NC who caught a 4.13 pound largemouth.

Next Event: The next tournament in Division 14 is scheduled for November 2, 2019 on High Rock Lake out of Southmont Access.

For information about this division and future events visit or contact the local director for North Carolina-Charlotte – Lance Eckford at (919)628-3383.

These anglers earn valuable points toward the divisional angler of the year title.
The points champion from each division will compete in the annual Bass Pro Shops American Fishing Tour (AFT) Angler of The Year Final Round at the Bass Pro Shops AFT 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 AFT 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 ABA 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.

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