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    Walmart Bass Fishing League - North Carolina

    Lake Norman (Sept. 18-19, 2010)


    Pope picks up BFL win on Lake Norman

    Boater Roger Pope won the BFL Super Tournament on Lake Norman.
    Rinkus winning co-angler

    Boater Roger Pope of Statesville, N.C., caught a 10-bass limit weighing 24 pounds, 7 ounces Sept. 18-19 to win $4,540, $2,000 in Ranger Cup money and a $1,000 Evinrude bonus in the BFL North Carolina Division tournament on Lake Norman. Pope was throwing Shooter Lures jigs in brush piles 8 to 12 feet deep in the midlake area to catch his limits.

    Rounding out the top 10 boaters:

    2nd: Maurice Freeze, Concord, N.C., nine bass, 24-1, $2,270

    3rd: Hank Cherry, Maiden, N.C., 10 bass, 21-15, $1,515

    4th: Kevin Chandler, New London, N.C., 10 bass, 21-4, $1,059

    5th: Artie Phillips, Monroe, N.C., 10 bass, 21-2, $908

    6th: David Williams, Maiden, N.C., 10 bass, 19-11, $832

    7th: David Joe Wright, Lexington, N.C., 10 bass, 19-3, $757

    8th: James Blankenship, Lexington, N.C., 10 bass, 19-1, $681

    9th: Brian Morgan, Newton, N.C., 10 bass, 18-12, $605

    10th: Jason Wilson, Bessemer City, N.C., 10 bass, 18-12, $530

    Rinkus winning co-angler

    Duane Rinkus of Denver, N.C., earned $2,266 as co-angler winner of the Sept. 18-19 BFL North Carolina Division Super Tournament.Duane Rinkus of Denver, N.C., caught eight bass weighing 12 pounds, 10 ounces Sept. 18-19 to win $2,266 in the Co-angler Division. He was in Ramsey Creek fishing docks with a jig to bag his limit.

    Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers:

    2nd: Greg Cook, Shady Spring, W.Va., six bass, 12-5, $1,133

    3rd: George Hirapetian, Charlotte, N.C., seven bass, 12-4, $755

    4th: Jeff Lewis, Statesville, N.C., eight bass, 11-14, $529

    5th: Fred Kauffman, Denver, N.C., seven bass, 10-3, $453

    6th: Robert Adams, Greensboro, N.C., six bass, 9-12, $415

    7th: Robert Knight, Oak Ridge, N.C., five bass, 8-14, $378

    8th: Orlando Giles, Lexington, N.C., five bass, 8-14, $340

    9th: Ricky Byrd, Independence, Va., four bass, 8-12, $302

    10th: Brad Wright, Granite Falls, N.C., five bass, 8-6, $264

    Coming up

    The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings from the North Carolina Division have now qualified for the Oct. 7-9 Regional Championship on the Potomac River in Marbury, Md. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger 198VX with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Yamaha outboard and a Chevy pick-up, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger 198VX.

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