A total of 645 bass, weighing 1,390.24 pounds, were caught, weighed and released, and 117 teams out of 188 teams caught their five fish limits at the 24th annual Jim Ledbetter and V Foundation Casting Out Cancer Bass Tournament. The recent warm weather has put the bass in a pre-spawn mode, and they were biting all day.
The winning bag of fish was huge by Lake Norman standards, 19.12 pounds, and the big fish of the day was 7.49 pounds.
Shane Lineberger, of Lincolnton, and Hank Cherry, of Maiden, took home a brand new fully-rigged Skeeter Bass Boat, and the award for the biggest fish.
The father and son team, Glenn and Steven Sparrow, of Clover, S.C., took second place. The pair also took first place in the Adult/Child class and the prize for the second largest bass of the day.
Vince and Kevin Parker, of Claremont, came in third with five bass weighing 16.37 pounds.
The Husband/Wife class was won by Jeremi and Tara Beatty, of Statesville, with 15.59 pounds, and they ended up in seventh place overall.
Tim Hollar and Bob Killian, of Hickory, edged out the second-place senior team by a little more than a half pound to take the Senior Citizen Class. Their five bass weighed 13.73 pounds, and they ended up in 16th place overall.
The tournament was hosted by the Balls Creek Bassmasters Fishing Club. The club is approaching $800,000 in total funds raised for cancer research.
"We are already starting to plan the 25th tournament," said Bob Patrick, chairman of the tournament.