75 teams blasted off Sunday in Washington, NC as the Eastern NC Bass Challenge held our 3rd tournament of 2023 on the Tar/Pamlico Rivers. Washington is a favorite of many local anglers and the Bass Challenge always has a great turnout for this event. The fishing in Washington proved to be tough for some anglers Sunday as strong southwest winds gusted over 25 mph making conditions tough for anglers.
However, Brock Rouse and Sammy Barrow found a way to catch a giant bag of bass in Washington and brought 27.67 pounds to the Bass Challenge scales. Brock and Sammy took 1st place honors and also weighed in the tournament big fish which was 7.34 pounds!
After the tournament, we asked Brock about his day on the water: “We decided Saturday after the Collins Bass for Cash Top Gun event in Edenton that we were going to make a long run from Washington Sunday during the Eastern NC Bass Challenge. It was a 50-mile run one way, but as soon as we got there we found our fish. The morning started slow as we lost several fish over 4 pounds and only had a couple 2 pounders in the live well. We finally pulled it together and everything turned around once we boated 3 fish in a row for about 21 pounds. We were able to catch them on back-to-back casts.”
Rouse went on to say, “At 9 am we were about to pull the plug and make the run back but decided to stay just a couple more minutes to try and cull once more and that’s exactly what we did. We left around 9:45 and started our way back to Washington.”
In total, Brock stated they only fished for about 2 hours Sunday. They returned back to the ramp shortly after 11 am and waited for the rest of the field to return to weigh-in.
When asked what baits he used to catch the fish, “My key baits were a custom-made crankbait and a floating worm.”
Brock and Sammy won our 1st place prize which was $2,300, our Greenville Toyota Big Fish prize which was $400, and the Triton Gold Contingency prize which is an additional $8,000!
Their total take-home winnings are $10,700!
Full Tournament Results
Sunday the Bass Challenge paid cash prizes to our top 13 teams. It took 11.60 pounds to finish inside the Bass Challenge money line.
* Anglers inside the top 10 are eligible for the White River Marine Contingency Bonus if they meet the boat requirements.