CORNELIUS, N.C. — Thirteen was a lucky number for Tracy Adams today during the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Southern Open at Lake Norman.
The Wilkesboro, N.C., angler caught a 13-pound, 13-ounce limit today to retain the lead in the pro division of the Open. The 2011 Bassmaster Classic qualifier has a two-day total weight of 34-10 to take a commanding lead in his bid for a return to the Classic.
The local favorite expected to catch 12 pounds a day during this event, and today he once again sacked up more than he anticipated. “I didn’t know if I could catch 7 pounds or 10 pounds,” Adams said. “I was hoping for 12.
“I didn’t bed fish any today,” said Adams, who caught a 6-pounder and a 4 1/2-pounder off of beds yesterday. I just went around doing my thing throwing a little worm and it just worked out again today.”
Adams bagged a limit by 9:30 a.m. today, but he estimated he had only 8 1/2 pounds. Sticking with one pattern the whole day he culled out fish throughout the day to reach his Lucky 13 limit. “I caught fish all over the lake,” he said. “I ran from the dam all the way up to the bridge and back. I have fished this lake a long time and I know places that generally hold them, but that doesn’t always mean they are going to be there. I just have to go out there and get what I can.”
A light wind is predicted for tomorrow, which could be a problem for Adams. “I need a little bit of wind for what I am doing, but maybe I will figure something else out if what I am doing is not working.”
TOP 12 STANDINGS
|PLACE||NAME||DAY 1||DAY 2||TOTAL FISH||TOTAL WEIGHT|
|2||Bradley Roy||5||12- 7||5||13- 4||10||25-11|
|3||Pete Bejte||5||12- 8||5||11- 9||10||24- 1|
|4||Kevin Hawk||5||15- 7||5||8- 4||10||23-11|
|5||Gerald Swindle||5||11- 6||5||11-13||10||23- 3|
|6||Jason Williamson||5||11- 0||5||12- 2||10||23- 2|
|7||Cliff Pirch||5||10- 9||5||12- 5||10||22-14|
|8||Allan Engelmeyer||5||9- 6||5||13- 5||10||22-11|
|9||John Kremer||5||10- 3||5||12- 3||10||22- 6|
|10||David Williams||5||11- 5||5||10-15||10||22- 4|
|11||Greg Vinson||5||10- 6||5||10-14||10||21- 4|
|12||Ishama Monroe||5||10-11||5||10- 9||10||21- 4|
Source: B.A.S.S. Communications