Burlington Brawl results are in!

Congratulations to all the anglers that placed in the top 10 today at the Burlington Brawl presented by Faircloth Chimney Sweeps! 

After a brutal season starter at Shearon Harris with Hank Veggian taking the win with a single 20.25” and only 5 other angers able to put up 1 scorable fish each, anglers were looking forward to redemption in Burlington!

After a week of warming up that was long past due for North Carolina the bass were on the move and practice for the anglers was heating up as well. Numerous photos of big fish and reports of good practice day limit totals had this event looking like we were in for a mega brawl! The cold front changed things up however and the bass changed their attitudes, and the guys that made the right adjustments came out on top!

First place and $1288 went to Christopher Decker with 93.25″ with a 20″ kicker! Chris had a slow start realizing the cold front had changed things up and was able to adjust and get the bites he needed to take the lead before the board shut off and it held up for the win!

Christopher Decker (right) receiving his CKA check from Faircloth Chimney Sweeps’ Justin Faircloth (left)

2nd Place went to Brooks Lanier with 88.25” earning him $515 with a 19.5” kicker. 

Brooks Lanier (left) receiving his CKA check from Faircloth Chimney Sweeps’ Justin Faircloth (right)

3rd Place went to Melvin Yang with 83.5″  earning him $386 with a 19” kicker. 

Melvin Yang (left) receiving his CKA check from Faircloth Chimney Sweeps’ Justin Faircloth (right)

Big Bass was a 2 way tie with 22″ slobs between Dustin Mathews and Robert Blackwell. Dustin’s second biggest fish at 18.75 was enough to give him the victory taking both the $600 pot and the lead for the 2021 Length Lunker award!

Dustin Mathews (top right) scored this giant 22″ for Big Bass and new 2021 Length Lunker leader!

Burlington Brawl 2021 Top 10 

Place Angler Total Inches Payday
1st Christoper Decker 93.25” $1288
2nd Brooks Lanier 88.25” $515
3rd Melvin Yang 83.5” $386
4th Marcus Smith 83.25” $258
5th Luke Greco 80.25” $129
6th Dontrell Sullivan 77.50” $100
7th Justin Finger 75.25” $100
8th Bobby Bowers 71.50”
9th Sammy Wilson 71.25”
10th Mike Wimmer 71.25”

Angler of the Year 

The second event has mixed up the Angler of the Year points and we have a new leader! Dontrell Sullivan is the only angler to have cashed a check in both events and has taken the lead from Hank Veggian who had a limit at Burlington but had struggled to find the higher quality bites needed to get further up in the standings. 

Rank

Angler

Harris

Burlington

Total Points

1

Dontrell Sullivan

192

191

383

2

Henry Veggian*

200

179

379

3

Shelly Efird

193

152

345

4

Christopher Decker*

20

200

220

5

Chris Dragotta

197

20

217

6

Melvin Yang

20

194

214

7

Marcus Smith

20

193

213

8

Bobby Bowers

20

189

209

9

Brooks Lanier

0

197

197

10

Richard Vanmeter

194

0

194

* TOC Qualified

Side note:

Our apologies to the anglers that fished out of Graham-Mebane Lake for the morning debacle. Although we had contacted the ramp weeks in advance, and were on the schedule at the lake there was some sort of issue with communication (nice way to put it) with the staff there. Although we spoke to them the previous Saturday and was handed the event sign in sheet and told to call back Friday to ensure they would be able to get us in as early as possible, we seemed to have been treated like an unwanted stepchild. After all the fuss in the office, denial, excuses of “if I had known” from the Assistant Warden who handed us the sign up sheet last week, we were able to get everyone in. I also heard comments of even more poor attitude received from the Assistant Warden who checked you all in. 

We assure you CKA did what was required per what we were told the previous week, and hope to make sure this not an issue in the future.

All the other Burlington area ramps were courteous and friendly, and we appreciate their hospitality and willingness to work with CKA to get everyone on the water early and efficiently! Thank you to those kind folks, who some we will work with for the Gate City Classic in September!

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