The sight is growing old for the rivals of Bryan New on the Carolina Anglers Tournament Trail.
In the past three events New, 23, has carried a big sack of bass to the weigh station and emerged the winner. He finished second in the tournament preceding his streak.
The most recent triumph came Sunday at Lake Wylie in the CATT’s season-ending championship. Fishing alone, New caught and took a limit of five largemouth bass to the scales. The overall weight was 19.22 pounds, including the tournament’s biggest fish, a 41/2-pounder.
“I hooked most of my bass on the hottest lure going right now, Shane Lehew’s Blades of Glory, an Alabama rig,” said New. “I also caught fish on a crankbait named Brian’s Bees.”
New knows his lures. He is a tackle shop operator in Mooresville, locating his shop near Lake Norman on N.C. 150.
He said he plans to move up to the big-time FLW-Everstart bass tournament series in 2014.
“I think I am ready,” he said. Tom Higgins
Miller, Brickweg beat elements, bass rivals
Mitt Miller’s hands were so cold, wet and numb that he hardly could manipulate his fishing reel.
Ditto his bass tournament partner, Brandon Brickweg.
However, the two Mooresville fishermen endured during brutally tough weather conditions Saturday and won the annual Ryan Newman Foundation Tournament on Lake Norman.
They teamed to weigh in five bass scaling 16.1 pounds to top rivals fishing from approximately 140 other boats.
“Although the weather was awful, the fish struck pretty well,” said Miller. “We caught most of them on Alabama rigs and jigs. We found most bass around rocks and brush.”
Miller and Brickweg shared the winner’s prize, a Nitro Z9 fully loaded bass boat and trailer valued at $40,000.
“Honestly, the conditions were the worst I’ve ever fished in,” said Miller. “My hands were so frozen I hardly could sign the forms to certify our catch and claim the boat.”
Placing second with 15.9 pounds were Alvin Shaw of Roaring Gap and Brent While of Elkin. Pro anglers Andy Montgomery and Brian Thrift took third with 15.6.
Proceeds from NASCAR star Newman’s tournament benefit his foundation, which mainly is devoted to the care of abandoned and lost animals. Special to the Observer
Red drum stocked into Port Royal tributary
The S.C. Department of Natural Resources stocked 100,000 red drum into the Chechessee River, a tributary of Port Royal Sound near Beaufort.
The release on Dec. 10 is part of an effort by the agency’s Marine Resources Division to supplement natural reproduction of the highly popular game fish.
“Stocking is a powerful (way) to offset poor natural production,” said the agency’s Dr. Mike Denson. “Insights gained through stocking advance our understanding of … red drum.”
Research has demonstrated that red drum can live up to 37 years in South Carolina waters. Observer News Services
Catches of the week
• A 9-pound striped bass at Lake Hickory by David Clubb of Mooresville.
• A large bull shark by a party fishing off Hatteras Village with skipper Jay Daniels on the Runaway. The shark had been devouring the blackfin tuna and other fish the anglers hooked. It was brought to the dock and dressed for steaks.
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