Carnes and Fitts win 2013 North Carolina B.A.S.S. Nation Youth State Championship on Lake Tillery
Lake Tillery – Albemarle, NC
Story/Photos: Bob Bauer
Warm sunny weather greeted the anglers on Lake Tillery in Albemarle, NC. Fisherman from as far west as Black Mountain and East as Dunn converged on beautiful Lake Tillery to take their shot at winning the NCBN State Championship. Chris Carnes from Southfork Bassmasters showed everyone why he is the top young angler in the NCBN by winning his third championship in four years. Chris brought an impressive limit of 5 bass weighing 18.30 lbs. in the 15-18 division. This out distanced second place by 7 pounds and was one of only 3 limits weighed in. Sam Fitts also of Southfork won the younger division with 4 fish that weighed 6.85 lbs. This is Sam’s first Championship and in his brief tournament history has shown he will be a contender for years to come. Second place in the older division was Dekota (Cooter) Shaw with 3 fish that weighed 11.30 lbs. Cooter from the Randalman Outdoors Club also anchored his catch with the days big fish of 6.40 lbs. Other top finishers in the Tournament include:
Ethan Howard of Clayton High School Club was 3rd in the older division with 5 fish with 10.80 lbs.
Luke Farley of Southfork finished 2nd for the second year in a row in the younger division with 5.54 lbs.
Hunter McKee Randleman finished 3rd in the younger division with 3.50 lbs.
Chris and Cooter will advance to the 2014 Southern Divisional at Lake Eufaula in Alabama next spring and fish as part of the North Carolina State Team.