North Carolina’s David Williams Leads in Quest for Final Bassmaster Classic Berth
Category: press release
Nov 13th, 2008 by OutdoorsFIRST
Modified Nov 13th, 2008 at 12:00 AM
David Williams of Maiden, N.C., jumped out to the Day 1 lead at Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series National Championship on North Carolina’s Lake Norman. Williams leads a field of 120 pros in the quest for the final 2009 Bassmaster Classic berth.
Although Williams has been tournament fishing for over 10 years, this was his first opportunity to try his angling skills on Norman and with 12.29 pounds, he found success in his first try. In addition to the coveted Classic berth, the champion of the four-day event will receive the $100,000 top prize.
“I’ve waited for a long time to be able to fish a really big tournament on Lake Norman, so this is like a dream come true for me”, said Williams, owner of a taxidermy business.
Rounding out the top five was Alabama’s Chris Dill in second with 11.2 pounds; Maryland’s Allan Engelmeyer in third with 11.15 pounds and Alabama’s DeAndrae Kimbrough, who took Big Bass honors, in fourth with 10.94 pounds.
Jeff Coble of Manson, N.C., was fifth with 10.79 pounds. Coble remains in striking distance for his third Weekend Series Championship. Amazingly, Coble earned Classic berths through the Championship in 2006 and 2008 and is looking for his fourth Classic berth.
On Saturday, the field will be cut to the Top 25 Boaters and co-anglers. The weigh-in will be held at Gander Mountain in Mooresville, NC at 2:30pm.