B.A.S.S. Federation Nation crowns Southern Division champions on Barren

   The B.A.S.S. Federation Nation crowned Southern Division individual, junior and team champions on Barren River Lake Friday afternoon, April 15. Mark Pierce of Clarksville, Tenn., captured the individual honors. Junior winners were Lance Freeman of Eddyville, Ky., and Alan Shelton of Morristown, Tenn. The team award went to Team North Carolina.

BASS Federation Nation Champion Mark Pierce

Mark Pierce of Clarksville, Tenn., won individual honors at the B.A.S.S. Federation Nation Southern Divison on Barren River Lake April 13-15.

   Pierce, who led from Day 1, hung on to win the title with a three-day total of 33 lbs. 15 oz., despite Friday’s catch of 3 lbs. 14 oz. He took the lead Wednesday when he had a five-fish limit of 19 lbs. 3 oz. He followed that up with 10 lbs. 14 ozs. on Thursday.
   “This is a great lake,” Pierce said. “If not for the flooding and weather, we would have had 20 lb. days every day.”
   Pierce said he fished with a 4″ Dean Rajos Fighting Frog “pretty much all over the lake,” he said. He fished in the back of creeks.
   With the win, Pierce has qualified for the B.A.S.S. Federation Nation Championship in October, with the opportunity to qualify for the 2012 Bassmaster Classic in February.
Jamie Horton of Alabama finished second with a three-day total of 32 lbs. 2 oz.; and Jeff Giarrizzo, also of Clarksville, Tenn., finished in third with 32 lbs. 1 oz.

Bass Federation Nation Juniors

Lance Freeman of Eddyville, Ky., and Alan Shelton of Morristown, Tenn., won the Junior Division of the B.A.S.S. Federation Nation Southern Divisional April 15 on Barren River Lake.

   Juniors, who fished only on Friday, were led by Freeman’s three fish catch of 8 lbs. 5 oz. Shelton had a four fish catch of 7 lbs. 13 oz.
   Both agreed that fishing on Friday was “hit and miss.” 
   Freeman used a slong jigg “around any sycamore he could find and in the back of creeks,” he said.
   Shelton used a Lake Fork Tackle Hyper Freak “around timber and behind it, especially at the transition,” he said.
   Team North Carolina won with a three-day total of 218 lbs. 8 oz., only 7 oz. ahead of Team Alabama (218 lbs. 1 oz.). Kentucky finished in third with 202 lbs. 14 oz. The remaining top teams were South Carolina (198 lbs. 7 oz.), Tennessee (167 lbs. 10 oz.), Georgia (145 lbs. 10 oz.) and Florida (139 lbs. 8 oz.)
   For complete results, log on to ESPN B.A.S.S. Federation Nation.


Team North Carolina won the team division of the B.A.S.S. Federation Nation Southern Division April 13-15 on Barren River Lake. They won with a three-day combined catch of 218 lbs. 8 oz.

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