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Iron Station youth wins Junior Bassmasters

With a five bass limit weighing almost eight pounds, 16-year-old Christian Johnson of Iron Station won the BC Junior Bassmasters tournament held recently on Lake Norman.
Johnson also won the big fish prize for the day with a 2.24-pound largemouth. In second place was Tyler Hoopaugh from Shelby. Finishing third was Matthew Haynes from Bessemer City with 2 fish at 1.86 pounds.
The Junior bass fishing club was formed by Curtis Barlowe of Hickory and Bob Patrick from Conover as an official Bass Anglers Sportsman’s Society Club and as an auxiliary of the Balls Creek Bassmasters.
The adult adviser is Mr. Barlowe. Each youngster has an adult Balls Creek Bassmaster as a guide. Johnson’s guide was Bradley Woodie of Morganton.
A parent or guardian may either provide a boat or accompany the youngster in the boat with the senior Balls Creek member. The parent or guardian does not have to be a Balls Creek club member although several of them are. The junior club has 10 members ranging from 8 to 17 years old. If you are interested in membership in the Balls Creek Junior club, contact Barlowe at (704) 462 2731. If you are interested in forming a new junior club contact, Patrick at (828) 459 1119.
Qualifying club members will compete in a statewide junior tournament October 20th on Lake Norman. The winner of this event will represent North Carolina in Bass Anglers Sportsman’s Society national competition.

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