You can't win if you don't play

May. 11, 2013 @ 09:43 PM

Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. And sometimes you should have won but you lose because you didn’t enter the tournament.

That’s exactly what happened to Vern Fleming and his grandson, Glen Long, while fishing at Falls Lake last weekend.

After low finishes in a couple of recent events they decided to skip entering a tournament and just went fishing.

They weren’t expecting to catch five fish weighing close to 34 pounds, including two near 11 pounds and a 6-pounder. That’s great fishing no matter what the circumstances.    

This past weekend things went a lot better for Tyler Purcell and me on Kerr Lake.

We didn’t get a check in the CATT trail tournament last Sunday, and again we finished in the middle of the pack (actually dead in the middle in 28th place out of 56), but we did weigh a limit and lost one that would have put us right on the money.

We caught our fish around bushes on Pop-R’s and wacky worms and having a decent limit in the boat before 10 a.m. felt great.

Had we fished deeper as the day progressed the outcome might have been different.

The cold weather caused fish to pull out to secondary points based on reports from some of the fellows that did well and reported catching their fish on Carolina Rigs and football jigs in 12 feet of water on secondary points.

The event was won by Stump Bledsoe and Glenn Elliot, who brought in 15.41 pounds and earned over $2,000.

Second place went to Howard and Justin Bohannon who took home $1,000 with a 15.24-pound limit.

Howard and Justin really worked hard for the money too. We watched them get their boat under Nutbush Bridge despite no clearance due to the high water.

They removed the gas and electric motors from their john boat and proceeded to push it down in the water and work it under the beams to get behind the bridge so they could fish where no one has been recently due to the high water keeping everybody on the big side.

I hoped to see them win again like they did in the Boys and Girls event last year under similar circumstances. They barely missed it, losing over $1,000 by less than a quarter of a pound of fish. At least they had entered the tournament.

Kerr Lake fishing report

Largemouth bass will continue to spawn in the bushes. And with the water so high (over 305 and rising), they’ll likely stay there while recovering. Soon the fish that spawned earlier in the year should begin hitting top water lures. 

Upcoming area tournaments

Next weekend there’s a two-day CATT Trail Classic on Kerr. To compete in this classic requires fishing in prior events to qualify. With a top prize guaranteed at $10,000 I am glad to be qualified.

Next week’s report

This weekend my wife Susan and I are going camping on the beach with our grandson, John II. We’ll spend three days on the north end of Carolina Beach fishing, eating and playing in the sand.

Tip of the week

You can’t win if you don’t enter.

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