Welcome to the home of North Carolina's finest bass anglers! Founded in 1985, The Carolina Crankers are one of the longest running bass tournament clubs in The Carolinas. Many of our members have been with us for 25 years or better. With two separate circuits and no annual membership dues, our club offers something for everyone. Weekend warriors may enjoy our year-round Saturday Series while our High School youth may enjoy our No Limitz High School Bass Tournament Series. Youth anglers and female anglers are welcome at anytime and compete as equals with The Carolina Crankers! Youth and female anglers fish for free with paid boater! Visit our tournament fees page for additional information! Every season brings new members to our ranks and new members will always be welcome!
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Ice Ice Baby!!!
In the latest round of "whiplash" weather, The Carolina Crankers rolled out to High Rock Lake for our second stop of the 2020 season. Bitter winds swept over Tamarac while frigid 26 degree temperatures tortured fingers and toes. Even the heaters awaiting anglers at the sign-in tables failed in the winds that greeted our dedicated anglers. Frigid temperatures alone can wreak havoc on a fishery but add on massive downpours and flooding from last week and High Rock has become a sea of mud. Arguably the strongest creek on the lake, Abbott's Creek, off the table as the waters creep closer and closer to the underside of the suspended train tracks. Wise anglers chose option two and made the grueling ride to Flat Swamp Creek. With slightly higher clearances, the bridge remains passable and played host to the majority of todays teams. Make no mistake, the conditions were brutal. Every cast brought ice to rod eyes and encased micro guides instantly. Reel and dip, reel and dip, the ice-over just another "condition" in today's chess match. A lone wolf, was caught sunbathing in the shallows with a square-bill, all others falling to a jig. The tried but true adage of slow fishing put to the extremes. "Killing" the jig and letting the gentle current whisper through the skirt proved lethal as Zach Gooch and Savannah Heath dropped four bricks on the scales for 15lbs. and 10ozs. Check out that 6lb. and 2oz. hammer that anchored their winning sack and secured today's big fish! Just ounces behind, Josh Demaury and Dave Ferguson tag-teamed four of their own with 15lbs. and 4ozs. That's fishing for conditions! Congratulations to our top anglers today! We would like to welcome our new lady anglers that hit the lake head-on in the harshest conditions! Don't forget, it's a leap year baby! Join The Carolina Crankers on February 29th at Lake Norman. Blast-off is at 7am from the Beatties Ford Ramp. Until then... keep 'em hooked!!!
Fishing With "Grandpa"!!!
The Carolina Crankers officially started the 2020 season on Lake Tillery today. Teams eased into the waters at Swift Island long before sunrise anxiously waiting to kick off the new season. Boats glowed like Christmas lights in the darkness as the last echoes of The National Anthem rang out in the cove. Nose to tail, teams made there way under the bridge itching to lay down the throttle. At the docks, the deep growl of raw horsepower brought goosebumps as teams passed the no wake zone and screamed towards the main. Then they were gone, like ghosts, leaving behind a deafening silence as the darkness faded. Today's hunt shadowed by a mountain of changing conditions. Month long mild temperatures wiped out by a crashing cold front that covered The Carolinas through midweek with morning temperatures near 20 degrees and highs in the 40's. The deep chill throwing a wrench at possible patterns. Then, the rain! Friday downpours wreaked havoc turning the waters to mud. The field had been leveled. Today was up for grabs. Possibly 30 different baits and rigs covered the front decks as these warriors raced to their favorite spots to track their prey. Feast or famine determined only by their willingness to adapt to conditions. Back at the ramp, directors began preparations for the 3pm weigh-in. As tents were erected and setup began, spectators began to form waiting for results at the scales. After a pleasant visit from North Carolina Wildlife officers, setup was complete and the stage was set. As always, The Carolina Crankers carry full permits for all tournaments and ramp permissions from North and South Carolina as well as Duke Energy. Slowly the cove at Swift Island began to fill with weary anglers spent from the hunt but eager to hit the scales. The conditions were tough and it showed as many teams struggled without limits. Whispers of square-bills, plastics and jigs were shared at the scales but the tournament's top "slingers" only shared a tight-lipped smile! The heaviest sack taking almost $2000. "Grandpa" Greg Gooch and Weston Lineberry took first place, sidepot and big fish. The team hammered the scales with 17lbs. and 4ozs. and anchored with a 6lb. and 2oz. monster to top the field. Josh DeMaury and partner Dave smacked down 14lbs. and 10ozs. in their first Carolina Crankers event taking home second. Just ounces behind, Kevin and Dustin grabbed third place with 14lbs. and 2ozs. Josh Howard was our top finishing youth angler today with 3lbs. and 4ozs. Josh took home a brand new Lews Mach 1 combo and a tournament "goody" bag from The Carolina Crankers and Bass Monkey Academy. Congratulations, great job out there today guys! We would like to welcome our new female and youth anglers! Welcome to The Carolina Crankers Family! Bring your Valentine and join The Carolina Crankers February 15th at High Rock! Blast-off is at 7am from Tamarac public access. We will have Carolina Crankers hats, shirts and decals at the ramp! Until then... keep 'em hooked!!!
Join The Carolina Crankers on Lake Tillery January 25th as we kick off the 2020 season. We will be blasting from Swift Island at 7am with a 3pm weigh-in. We will be on the ramp at 5:45am and we blast in the order of registration. Come early and get the top spots! New members are always welcome and there are no membership dues. Young anglers 17 and under always fish free and ladies are always free with paying partner! Come on out and become a part of the regions most dedicated fishing family! Until then... keep 'em hooked!!
As the new season approaches, we invite everyone to explore our archives and catch up with The Carolina Crankers.