On the Water: Holiday means family, fishing on Kerr Lake

Jul. 05, 2014 @ 04:48 PM

As we celebrate the birth of our country this weekend, I want to say how fortunate and blessed I am for the days spent on the water with my beautiful child bride, Susan, just like we’ve done many times for almost 40 years.

If not for all the sacrifices made by our military servicemen and others over the past 200-plus years, we might all be living in a country where many of the activities we all take for granted would be difficult or perhaps impossible.

Susan and I both work hard at our regular jobs, and these days together are the reward for those efforts.

We spent nearly all day last Friday and Saturday cruising around Kerr Lake fishing, swimming, drinking water, eating fruit and deer jerky, and catching some nice bass. It was really hot, but frequent swims, ice water, and boat rides kept us from overheating.

These are the kind of days that are so much fun that there’s a slight feeling of sadness when they’re over. Kind of like what you feel on that last day at the beach following a nice week of vacation.

Then on Sunday, I got to enjoy competing in Brandon Gray's Kerr Lake team tournament with Mark Robertson. We’re both fortunate to have good health so we can enjoy this pastime.

While we didn't make any money, we did weigh in five nice bass for a total weight of 11.95 pounds. Early on in the day, it was looking like we might have a top finish, up until around 9 a.m. when the fish just stopped biting for us.

The winning team of Rodney Sorrell and Madden weighed a 14.64-pound limit earning them $1,219.68.

Their creel included a big fish that was close to 5 pounds. Mark and I caught our fish on top water Pop-Rs, Carolina Rigs and jigs.

Kerr Lake fishing report – People continue to catch stripers most days near the mouth of Eastland Creek. Use top water baits, jigs or live bait.

Upcoming area tournaments – Brandon Gray will be holding his fifth Bass Team Tournament Trail event on Kerr Lake on July 12 launching from the Occoneechee ramp in Clarksville, Virginia. Contact Brandon at 919-690-1349; 252-213-2949; tapp2@earthlink.net.

Next week’s report – Fishing and fireworks report from Kerr Lake.

Tip of the week – Use a slip bobber set up to allow live bait to be fished deeper. Google it or email me for more information.

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