Plenty to fish for in national tourneys

Nov. 02, 2013 @ 11:26 PM

First, let me report results from our area anglers who were competing in recent national level tournaments where they both represented our region well.

Cory Leonard, a firefighter from Castalia, and also a member of the Sandy Creek Bassmasters, competed in the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship at Lake Dardanelle in Russellville, Ark. last weekend. He finished 25th out of 56 contestants and fourth in the Southern division.

A chance at making the 2014 Bassmasters Classic was on the line for each of the divisional winners. It took a huge amount of effort to qualify for this event, and I know Cory put a tremendous effort into making the Classic. While I sure hoped to see him make it this time, I know he’ll be back there again.

Also, Bobby Crisman of Bracey, Va. competed in the American Fishing Tour National Championship last weekend on Clarks Hill Reservoir in Georgia.

After leading on day one with the biggest fish and biggest five fish limit of the event, 17.87 pounds anchored by a 7.17-pound kicker, Bobby finished in seventh place out of around 200 anglers in the three-day event.

Mark Robertson and I competed in Brandon Gray’s Buggs Island Bass Challenge Trail championship last Sunday and finished in 12th place out of 28 teams.

We caught a limit and culled a couple of times to bring in five weighing 9.46 pounds but never could find any big fish. The tournament was won by the team of Rodney Sorrell and Royce Madden with 16.56 pounds, earning almost $4,000 for the day.

I had planned to fish in a small team tournament on Belews Creek Lake this weekend with my son, Jimmie, but then realized that the tournament was on Sunday and not Saturday.

Jimmie is helping me find some fish on Saturday but he has to work on Sunday, so I will fish it alone as long as we find some fish biting.

Kerr Lake fishing report – Largemouth bass remain between 2 and 15 feet deep and are biting crankbaits, plastic worms, Alabama rigs, and football jigs. Stripers are still schooling on top at different times of the day up near the dam, especially early and late in the day.

Upcoming area tournaments – Tournament trails are winding down for the year and will pick up again in the spring.

Next week’s report – Tournament results from Belews Creek Lake.

Tip of the week — Check the air pressure in your cars, trucks, bicycles, motorcycles and boat trailers. When the air temperatures cool, the pressure goes down, so you will likely need to add a few pounds to keep them at the proper setting.

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