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 Sportsmanâ€™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. Johnsonâ€™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 Sportsmanâ€™s Society national competition.