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A good example

A good example

By Andy Crawford

Hank Cherry said he likes how Cody Hoyle has his head down and is working his plan. “He’s a good example of picking a plan and sticking with it,” Cherry said. 

Confidence

Confidence

By Andy Crawford

Hoyle is picking part marinas and docks, and while Cheery said that’s a great tactic it wouldn’t be his early morning choice.“In my opinion, it’s too early to be doing this,” the defending Classic...

Perfect for docks

Perfect for docks

By Andy Crawford

Day 2 leader Cody Hoyle is fishing docks up Reeds Creek, and Bassmaster Classic champ Hank Cherry said it was a great decision.“These conditions are perfect for dock fishing,” Cherry explained. ...

Go with what you know

Go with what you know

By Andy Crawford

Two-time Bassmaster Classic Champ Hank Cherry said Lake Norman is just like any other impoundment in the country, so those who excel on their home lakes shouldn’t make this event more...

Docks and efficiency

Docks and efficiency

By Andy Crawford

Yesterday, Cherry shared that docks are a great Lake Norman option for tournament-winning bags. But he also said not just any stretch of docks will do.In fact, he was extremely specific about where...

Waiting on moonset

Waiting on moonset

By Andy Crawford

The day dawned with a bright, nearly full moon overhead. Hank Cherry pointed at it and said it could really hamper the morning bite.  “See that? When that goes down the fish will...

Schools abound

Schools abound

By Andy Crawford

We pulled into a cove where bass are schooling everywhere, and Hank Cherry’s casting arm is twitching. “Those fish are catchable,” he said. How would he target them?“When there’s a chop...

Smith on the run

Smith on the run

By Andy Crawford

Blake Smith just pulled up his trolling motor and said he was starting to rotate through a bunch of spots. “I’m going to start running brush piles to make sure I make it to tomorrow,” Smith...

Smith breaks the ice

Smith breaks the ice

By Andy Crawford

Day 1 leader Blake Smith finally connected with his first keeper after working an area with schooling bass. It’s not a huge fish, but it breaks the ice.  “Number one,” he said with a...

Flats and roamers

Flats and roamers

By Andy Crawford

Cherry said a key to success around marinas is identifying flats along the banks. “Those fish are just roaming,” he explained. “They’re moving up and down the banks, and then they can go right...

Smith’s slow start

Smith’s slow start

By Andy Crawford

We just pulled up on Day 1 leader Blake Smith, and the angler was having a slow day. Apparently he lost a good keeper first thing in a marina, and Hank Cherry said it’s hard to do what Smith...

Where is everyone?

Where is everyone?

By Andy Crawford

“I can’t believe no one is here,” Cherry murmured over and over.We pulled into one cove in which schooling bass blew up several times in the 10 minutes during which we sat and watched, and not a...

Timing docks

Timing docks

By Andy Crawford

Hank Cherry said another great option for tournament-winning stringers is focusing on docks.“Fish will be under the docks for shade, but they’re looking for one thing: bait,” Cherry said. “If they...

Spots vs. largemouth

Spots vs. largemouth

By Andy Crawford

The fishery at Lake Norman currently is weighted toward one species of bass. “I’d say the lake right now has 70% spotted bass,” Cherry said. That might seem to indicate it’s smart to...

Ghost bass

Ghost bass

By Andy Crawford

We pulled up on Joey Nania just in time to see him catch his fourth keeper off a brush pile. Nania caught one more throwback, but confirmed Cherry’s assessment of how catching a fish can...

Changing conditions

Changing conditions

By Andy Crawford

Cherry said one major hurdle faced by this week’s competitors is the change in the weather. “They’ve had three days of rain and low pressure, and that will make activity increase,” he said....

Marinas could play

Marinas could play

By Andy Crawford

Cherry said marinas could play a role in this event."Bass are utilizing that shade,” he said. “ They’re just cruising that shade looking for bait.”The great thing about marinas is they keep fish...

Key spots on Norman

Key spots on Norman

By Andy Crawford

Hank Cherry said one key to success this week could be locating a number of brush piles holding schools of bass. “Usually the first fish or two you catch will be the biggest,” he said.He said...

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