Richard Owen of Chester, Virginia, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 18 pounds, 3 ounces Saturday to win the Bass Fishing League Piedmont Division tournament on Lake Gaston. For his victory, Owen earned $6,830. Owen said he sight-fished spawning beds in the backs of main-lake coves in order to catch his winning stringer.
Authorities found the body of missing Enfield boater John Allen Sutton, 31, early Saturday morning about 150 yards from Gaston Dam. Divers and boaters have been searching for Sutton’s body since the April 25th incident at Roanoke Rapids Lake, just downriver from Lake Gaston.
Aquatic weed watchers around Lake Gaston have their eyes peeled for a literal rising threat. Lyngbya, a blue green algae ,has been spotted and plotted at volunteer survey points during the Lake Gaston Associations annual aquatic plants survey in increasing numbers.