No jackpot, but good fishing at Carolina Angler’s event

May. 25, 2013 @ 07:14 PM

Well Susan and I didn’t win the lottery. 

Heck, we didn’t match a single number. Oh well, who needs $590 million? And I also didn’t win any money bass fishing, but did have a great weekend competing in the Carolina Angler’s Team Trail Classic on Kerr Lake with Tyler Purcell. We teamed up to bring in decent limits on both Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday we caught good fish on weightless tomato trick worms fished shallow, but lost two good fish we needed to win a tournament, one good 4-pounder and one over 3 pounds. 

Sunday was great fishing too and we culled probably a dozen times plus threw back several more keepers that didn’t cull. Most of Sunday’s fish came from one small spot with crankbaits.

If not for losing those big fish on Saturday we would have been right at the top of the field. But you know what they say. If “ifs” and “buts” were candy and nuts everybody’d have a wonderful Christmas.

Winners Mike and Josh Queen earned over $13,000 in two days of fishing by topping the other 115 teams with a two-day total of 27.94 pounds. 

This is a little below recent winning weights in tournaments on Kerr, but that’s mainly due to the bigger females not being as easy to catch after spawning. 

Recently we’ve had several events won with over 19 pounds in a five fish limit, and one tournament where 20.5 took the top spot.

Bassmasters magazine published their annual top-100 bass fishing lakes list this month and Kerr Lake remained in the top 100 at 83rd, down slightly from 81st last year. Apparently some lake named Buggs Island was tied with Kerr for 83rd. 

Gaston Lake, which was 83rd last year, fell off the list, and Falls Lake, which is fishing great based on Vern Fleming’s recent report, fell from 44th to 73rd.

There’s still plenty of time to register for next weekend’s annual Boys and Girls Club tournament to be held on Kerr Lake, launching from the new Nutbush ramp. 

You can mail in your entry form, which you can get by emailing Chuck Murray at leanliner@aol.com or by calling the BGCNCNC at (252) 430-1871 or email cranes.bgc@raleigh.twcbc.com.

You can also pay at the ramp Saturday morning starting at around 5 a.m. and they’ll have hot sausage biscuits and coffee for you there. 

This event raises money for a great local cause and has some high-dollar prizes for the winners. Rose Oil guarantees the first place prize of $3,000 and one of my sponsors, Carolina Country Snacks, guarantees the $2,000 runner-up prize. 

Kerr Lake fishing report – Several patterns are working on largemouth bass, with many fish being on a post spawn feed. Shad were spawning in the bushes providing a good early morning top-water bite.

Upcoming area tournaments – The B&BCNCNC event is next weekend but I won’t be able to fish this year. The Bowen clan is hosting the Frazier family reunion that day and I look forward to being there. I do plan to be at the weigh-in handing out samples of fresh pork skins from Carolina Country Snacks.

Next week’s report – I will be competing in the ABA Bassmasters weekend series event out of Nutbush Saturday. Then on Sunday I’m fishing in Brandon Gray’s tournament out of Occoneechee.  Monday Susan and I will spend the day cleaning up in front of the lake house like we do every year to get it looking nice for the summer. Larry Robinson’s down fishing at the coast so I should have a trout fishing report from there next week.

Tip of the week — take a kid fishing.  They’ll never forget it and it’s an inexpensive way to have great family fun. 


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