Tracy Adams, a North Carolina favorite in this week’s Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Southern Open on Lake Norman, is hot off a win on the same lake.
From Wilkesboro, N.C., Adams won the March 24 Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series tournament operated by American Bass Anglers. His weight was 14.08 pounds in the one-day event, according to ABA records.
He’s hoping what he learned will apply to the April 5-7 Open.
“There’s going to be a ton of fish caught,” Adams said. “We have all three spawn stages going on now. I think sight fishing will be a part of the tournament.”
But, he cautioned, the lake changes rapidly this time of year.
His best guess on a winning weight: 42 to 45 pounds over three days.
In the 2011 Bassmaster Southern Open on Lake Norman, Adams ended in third place. That same season, he also competed in the Bassmaster Northern Open circuit, finishing second in points and qualifying for the Bassmaster Elite Series, but opted out.