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Lehew Wins Walmart Bass Fishing League North Carolina Division Event On Lake Norman

Vaow wins co-angler title

by: Jody White, Communications Specialist, FLW Outdoors

(Feb. 24, 2014 - TERRELL, N.C.)

Larry Lehew of Charlotte, N.C., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 19 pounds, 3 ounces Saturday to win the first Walmart Bass Fishing League North Carolina Division tournament of 2014 on Lake Norman. For his victory, Lehew earned $7,096.

Lehew Wins Walmart Bass Fishing League North Carolina Division Event On Lake Norman

Rounding out the top 10 pros were:

2nd: Shane Lehew Charlotte, N.C. five bass 17-10 $2,398 + $300 Evinrude Bonus
3rd: Alfred Kiesling Sr. Mooresville, N.C. five bass 16-0 $1,595
4th: Wes Lewis Concord, N.C. five bass 15-9 $1,119
5th: Bryan Thrift Shelby, N.C. five bass 15-6 $959
6th: Michael Stephens Gastonia, N.C. five bass 14-12 $879
7th: Scott Hamrick Denver, N.C. five bass 14-7 $799
8th: Hiroyuki Watanabe Shizuoka, Japan five bass 14-4 $719
9th: Michael Fox Statesville, N.C. five bass 13-13 $639.
10th: Reginald Pickett Greensboro, N.C. five bass 13-10 $560

Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:

Co-angler Shorty Vaow of Cornelius, N.C., won the Feb. 22 North Carolina Division event on Lake Norman with a 13-pound, 2-ounce limit. Vaow walked away with $2,398 in prize money for his win.

2nd: Matthew Benge Maiden, N.C. five bass 12-15 $1,199
3rd: Tim Cales Sandstone, W. Va. five bass 11-10 $795
4th: Ricky Byrd Independence, Va. five bass 11-1 $560
5th: Joel Cerv North Wilkesboro, N.C. five bass 10-13 $480
6th: Chris Myatt Vornelius, N.C. five bass 10-9 $440
7th: Andrew Shundich Mooresville , N.C. five bass 10-8 $400
8th: Chris Graham Catawba, N.C. five bass 10-2 $360
9th: Dale Webber Kernersville, N.C. five bass 9-15 $320
10th: Dakota Lineberger Mooresville, N.C. five bass 9-5 $280

The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 9-11 Regional Championship on Lake Cherokee in Morristown, Tenn. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy Silverado, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.

The BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 120 tournaments throughout the season, five in each division. The top 40 boaters and co-anglers from each division qualify for a regional tournament and compete to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing the Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy. The 2014 BFL All-American is being held June 5-7 on Wilson Lake in Florence, Ala. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the Rayovac FLW Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.

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Larry Lehew of Charlotte, N.C., won the Feb. 22 North Carolina Division event on Lake Norman with a limit weighing 19 pounds, 3 ounces. For his efforts, Lehew was awarded over $7,000 in tournament winnings.
Photo by courtesy FLW Outdoors
Shorty Vaow of Cornelius, N.C., weighed in a five-bass limit totaling 13 pounds, 12 ounces Saturday to win $2,398 in the co-angler division.
Photo by Jody White, Communications Specialist