On the Water: Confined to the drawing board — again

Mar. 15, 2014 @ 11:50 PM

It sleeted at my house in Walnut Cove for 16 hours straight starting last Thursday afternoon.

We had a good 5 inches of packed down snow/sleet mix that turned into a solid sheet of ice after melting slightly Friday afternoon and then freezing overnight.

Another weekend with no fishing, but Susan and I sure had a great time.

She cleaned house and I arranged fishing tackle in the garage, preparing for that fishing trip that keeps slipping out another week.

Thanks to the time change and huge weather swing to spring, we were out on Belews Creek Lake Tuesday afternoon in shortsleeve shirts during a couple of hours of boating with a little fishing mixed in.

I didn’t catch any, but it sure was great to get a few minutes out in decent weather.

As I write this on Friday night, it looks like this weekend is a go for a couple days fishing.

My plan is to spend Saturday on Falls Lake scouting for some big bass in preparation for tournaments there next week.

Then Sunday, I’ll stop by Mayo Lake to compete in the Raleigh Bass Anglers club tournament there. Thank goodness spring is here — almost.

Kerr Lake fishing report — With the high water, bass should be in the bushes, but it’s dropping fast so they’ll probably be pulling out to the side of secondary points and along rocky banks. Try a small crankbait or a spinnerbait on windy banks.

Upcoming area tournaments — Spring tournament season is in high gear. Saturday, there’s an ABA on Gaston launching out of the Highway 903 bridge and a Warren County Bassmasters club tournament on Falls Lake. On Sunday, there’s an Angler’s Choice on Falls Lake plus an ABA on Kerr out of Rudd’s Creek.

Next week’s report — Scouting report from Falls Lake, plus the Fishers of Men Falls Lake (Saturday) and Raleigh Bass Anglers (Sunday) Mayo Lake tournament results.

Tip of the week — Organize your plastic worm bags by putting similar types and colors in gallon zipper storage bags.

Then, write what’s in the bag on the outside on a piece of duct tape so you can easily find what you need before heading out fishing.

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