48 teams blasted off Sunday morning on the Roanoke River in Plymouth, North Carolina. While five 20+ pound bags of bass were weighed in, Larry Thomas and Gerald Elks took the victory with 22.35 lbs. The Roanoke River has been producing giant bags of fish this spring and this past Sunday was no exception. With 10 bags of fish weighing in at over 15lbs, the Roanoke River once again proves it is one of the best bass fisheries in North Carolina.
The Top Finishers – Thomas & Elks Lead the Way
Larry Thomas & Gerald Elks have been dominating the waters on the Roanoke recently and Sunday was no exception. With 22.35 pounds of bass the team took 1st place honors. With their win, they took home $1400 in cash, a $200 gift card to Academy Sports + Outdoors courtesy of Brown & Wood Auto and a $200 gift certificate to Craven Outdoors Taxidermy making their total winnings valued at $1800! This payout was the largest ever for a Eastern NC Bass Challenge qualifying tournament.
2nd place honors went to the team of Brandon Hendricks and Jon Williams. They weighed in a great bag of bass that went for 21.47 lbs. For their great day on the water Brandon and Jon took home $700 in cash.
The Rest of the Field
With 21.20 lbs, Charlie Gray and Chance Gray took 3rd place. Zeb West and Jay Haggard finished in 4th place with 20.39 lbs. Adam Baldwin and Jason Tripp took 5th place with 20.22 lbs. Steve Vann and Skippy Lewis finished in 6th place with 19.80 lbs. Walt Goff and David Swain finished in the last money spot, 7th place with 16.86lbs.
The Biggest Fish of the Day
While many big bags of fish were weighed in and many of those bags contained 4, 5 and 6 pound bass, none were bigger than the 6.62 lb bass weighed in by Cody Matthews and Christian Bland. The team won $225 for their tournament big fish.
Complete Tournament Results
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|PLACE||TEAM||FISH||BIG FISH||DEAD FISH||WEIGHT||FINAL WEIGHT||POINTS|
|1||Larry Thomas / Gerald Elks||5||22.35||22.35||100|
|2||Brandon Hendricks / Jon Williams||5||21.47||21.47||99|
|3||Charlie Gray / Chance Gray||5||21.20||21.20||98|
|4||Zeb West / Jay Haggard||5||20.39||20.39||97|
|5||Adam Baldwin / Jason Tripp||5||6.42||20.22||20.22||96|
|6||Steve Vann / Skippy Lewis||5||5.75||19.80||19.80||95|
|7||Walt Goff / David Swain||5||6.15||16.86||16.86||94|
|8||Cody Mattthews / Christian Bland||5||6.62||16.62||16.62||93|
|9||Daniel Leggett /||5||5.45||16.51||16.51||92|
|10||Michael Chlomoudis / Gage Chlomoudis||5||15.05||15.05||91|
|11||Cody Howard / Jenna Christmas||5||6.44||13.72||13.72||90|
|12||David Price / Tracie King||5||5.0||13.50||13.50||89|
|12||JA Williford / Marcus Thomas||5||13.50||13.50||89|
|14||Phillip Gibson / Eric Murphy||5||1||13.42||13.17||87|
|15||RT Johnson / Cecil Scott||5||12.85||12.85||86|
|16||Mike Stephens / CJ Stephens||5||12.18||12.18||85|
|17||Craig Goess / Denny Moore||5||12.10||12.10||84|
|18||Jim Hopkiss / Dennis Boykin||5||11.95||11.95||83|
|19||Wayne Stallings / Justin Everett||5||11.48||11.48||82|
|20||Ricky West /||5||11.29||11.29||81|
|21||Charlie Allen / Dean Thompson||5||11.28||11.28||80|
|22||Anthony Horton / Heather Goins||5||11.25||11.25||79|
|23||Pat Butler / Daniel Lee||5||2||11.41||10.91||78|
|24||Chaz Wilson / Eddie Braxton||4||10.86||10.86||77|
|25||Brian Stalls / Clark Harrington||4||10.45||10.45||76|
|26||Robert Gurganus /||5||10.35||10.35||75|
|27||Michael Cathcart / Donald Devor||4||10.17||10.17||74|
|28||Shane Zelazo / Collin Zelazo||5||9.90||9.90||73|
|29||Reed Samples / John Tedder||5||9.77||9.77||72|
|30||Justin Hof / Tommy Penfield||4||9.54||9.54||71|
|31||Rob Ramsey / Danny Hammons||5||9.33||9.33||70|
|32||James Anderson / Walker Anderson||4||8.75||8.75||69|
|33||Jamie Phelps / JR Milligan||3||8.55||8.55||68|
|34||Jody Wynn / Bobby Whitehurst||2||5.95||7.78||7.78||67|
|35||Rodney Caldwell / Chuck Williford||4||6.83||6.83||66|
|36||Chad Conwell / John Walsh||3||0.00||6.35||65|
|37||Lee Jones / Don Thompson||3||6.23||6.23||64|
|38||Jamie Revis / Dylan Richardson||3||6.13||6.13||63|
|39||Chris Cox / Monte Morgan||3||5.74||5.74||62|
|40||David Grantham / Anthony Serra||2||3.54||5.50||5.50||61|
|41||Ivey Allen / Robert Hines||2||5.18||5.18||60|
|42||Sammy Hammond / Tommie Chisenhall||3||4.57||4.57||59|
|43||Trenton Dawson /||1||1.60||1.60||58|
|44||Clayton Boyette / Kevin Ross||–||–||–||57|
|44||Jeffrey Farmer / Mike Bankes||–||–||–||56|
|44||Matt Harrell / Shane Craft||–||–||–||55|
|44||Brian Haddock / Joe Haddock||–||–||–||54|
|44||Matthew Oakley /||–||–||–||53|
Point Standings Update
With their great finish on the Roanoke River the team of Chance Gray and Ted Parks moved into first place in the 2018 Team Points Championship. Larry Thomas and Gerald Elks slide into 2nd place and Zeb West and Jay Haggard moved into 3rd. Click here to view the 2018 Team Points Championship Scoreboard.
Because of our Roanoke River tournament sponsors we were able to payout more to our first place winners than ever before. Many, many, MANY thanks go out to Brown & Wood Auto of Greenville and Craven Outdoors Taxidermy. We would also like to thank the Town of Plymouth, Mayor Brian Roth and Town Manager Sam Styons. We look forward to coming back to the Roanoke River in Plymouth.
Additionally, I would like to personally thank Deborah Barber for the amazing pictures that were taken on tournament day and Anthony Horton for assisting with the weigh-in. It would simply be impossible to have had such a successful day without the help of these individuals.
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