The hottest item among anglers at Lakes Norman and Wylie is a type of Alabama rig developed by UNC Charlotte student Shane Lehew.
The rig, to which multiple lures can be attached, is named “Blades Of Glory.”
“That thing, featuring spinners, has won several bass tournaments lately,” said avid fisherman Boots Beasley of Mooresville, skipper of the Catawba Queen cruise boat and a frequent weigh-in official at Lake Norman tournaments. “If you like to catch largemouth and spotted bass, you’ve got to have one.”
Among the tournament winners are Lehew’s dad, Troy, and grandfather Larry Lehew, both of Charlotte. They won an event sponsored by Denver Marine on Norman last Saturday, teaming to check in five bass weighing 18 pounds.
Troy Lehew said they caught most of their fish by casting the rigs to boat docks and other structure.
In a rare feat, Lake Norman fisherman Brian New caught four bass at one time on a rig produced by Shane Lehew. The four fish weighed a total of 11 1/2 pounds.
The younger Lehew, 25, a frequent winner in area tournaments, plans to compete on the big-time FLW professional bass circuit in 2014 as a rookie. Tom Higgins
S.C. to offer full-year saltwater license
The S.C. Department of Natural Resources plans to begin issuing recreational saltwater fishing licenses that are good for 365 days rather than expiring on June 30 of the following year.
The department also plans to offer saltwater licenses good for three years at a cost of $30 to residents and $105 to non-residents.
“Additional license types will be included in the 365-day program in the future,” a spokesman said in a statement. Observer News Services
Lake Wateree yields big catfish
It took three whoppers weighing 88.10 pounds to win last Saturday’s Carolina Catfish Club tournament on Lake Wateree.
The victors were the team of Jeff Manning and Michael Paciocco. They earned $640 for besting other anglers in a 30-boat field.
A four-man team of Phil and Wess Rollings, Scott Edwards and Mike Thomas finished second with 79.55 pounds. Their catch included the event’s largest single fish, a 50.60-pounder.
Despite tough weather conditions anglers in 26 boats caught and weighed in catfish. TH
Catches of the week
• A speckled trout weighing 8.1 pounds by Joe Burger while fishing in the backwaters behind Sunset Beach.
• A speckled trout of 5.8 pounds in the Nags Head surf by William Grace.
• A speckled trout weighing 5.5 pounds in the surf at Kill Devil Hills by Tom Brown.
• A limit of puppy drum and speckled trout in the surf at Southern Shores by Greg Sherman.
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