Mark Inman of Greensboro, N.C., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 15 pounds, 6 ounces Saturday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League North Carolina Division event on Kerr Lake. For his victory, Inman earned $5,337.

“I’ve had a sweet spot on this lake for over 30 years,” said Inman. “I know this lake almost as well as I know myself. I had a real good day of fishing, and I’m glad I had enough to get the win. The lake was flooded, and there was a lot of flooded bushes and structure. I just stayed on my trolling motor and went flipping for most of the day.

“I was flipping a green pumpkin jig, and also caught a few on a TB Custom Crank’s crankbait,” Inman continued. “Overby Marine of Kittrell, N.C., got me set up with my Mercury motor and that got me around the lake all day. I was flipping anything and everything I could find on wood. I caught 20 keepers today, and the bite was consistent – all day long. I threw an Alabama rig as well today, but didn’t catch anything that I weighed in off of it. I caught most of my fish from 2 to 4 feet of water today.”

Rounding out the top 10 pros were:

2nd:   Darren Gay, Richfield, N.C., five bass, 14-7, $1,668

3rd:   Paul Rigsbee, Timberlake, N.C., five bass, 14-5, $1,112

4th:    Robert Walser, Lexington, N.C., five bass, 13-15, $$779 + $1,000 Evinrude Bonus

5th:    Danny Nifong, Lexington, N.C., five bass, 13-8, $639

5th:    Donnie Woody, Marion, N.C., five bass, 13-8, $639

7th:    David Farrington, Greensboro, N.C., five bass, 13-5, $556

8th:    William Shelton III, La Crosse, Va., five bass, 13-2, $501

9th:    Rod Poole, Salisbury, N.C., five bass, 13-0, $445

10th: Larry Inman, Greensboro, N.C., five bass, 12-13, $389

Complete results can be found at FLWOutdoors.com.

Robert Hipps of Troutman, N.C., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 11 pounds, 10 ounces Saturday to win $1,668 in the co-angler division.

Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:

2nd:   Arthur Ferguson, Lexington, N.C., five bass, 11-0, $834

3rd:   Keith Revis, Candler, N.C., five bass, 10-13, $558

4th:    Kevin Thomas, Charlotte, N.C., five bass, 10-1, $389

5th:    Curtis Sims, Woolwine, Va., five bass, 9-13, $334

6th:    Ronnie Brown, Cherryville, N.C., five bass, 9-11, $306

7th:    George Hirapetian, Charlotte, N.C., five bass, 9-10, $278

8th:    Andrew Shundich, Cornelius, N.C., five bass, 9-2, $250

9th:    Everett Brown, Wheelersburg, Ohio, five bass, 8-15, $208

9th:    Tim Franks, Troy, N.C., five bass, 8-15, $208

The next BFL North Carolina Division tournament is scheduled for May 5 on Lake Wylie in Lake Wylie, S.C. After the fifth North Carolina Division tournament is complete, the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 18-20 Regional Championship on Pickwick Lake in Florence, Ala. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy Silverado, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.

The BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 120 tournaments throughout the season, five in each division. The top 40 boaters and co-anglers from each division qualify for a regional tournament and compete to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy. The 2012 BFL All-American is being held May 17 – 19 on the Potomac River in National Harbor, Md. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the EverStart Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.

photo: FLW Outdoors

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