Fun day of fishing on Kerr Lake

May. 17, 2014 @ 04:17 PM

Susan and I had a decent finish in the Pamunkey Bass Anglers Club tournament on Kerr Lake last Saturday.

It was a four fish limit event and we brought in four weighing 8.07 pounds.

Although we culled several times, the big bite we needed to make some money never came.

The event was won by the local father-and-son team of Jason Houchins and Dan Houchins with a four fish total of 10.18 pounds. They also won the big fish pot with a 3.29-pound bass.

First place kids big fish was won by Zach Bartlett with a nice 2.61-pounder.

This was a fun event and an opportunity to take a youth fishing in a small tournament setting. Find out more on their website at

Our children were all working on Mother’s Day this year so I took Susan to Coopers Landing in Clarksville, Va. Sunday morning for their Mother’s Day brunch.

Not only was I able to make Susan really happy and got to enjoy an excellent meal, but also fished all the way there and back.
We left our house near Nutbush Bridge by boat around 8 a.m. and returned home late in the afternoon.

After tying up at the city dock in Clarksville, we walked the several blocks up the hill to the restaurant. There’s no taxi service in Clarksville or we’d have gotten a ride.

It was a beautiful day so we enjoyed our meal at an outside table. If only every day was like this one.

Kerr Lake fishing report — Bass are biting well. I’d figured out a good pattern last Sunday catching fish around rocks where they were feeding on crawfish.
I’d hoped to use this pattern in this weekend’s BFL, but with the water rising rapidly due to the recent heavy rains, it will likely change the bite. Bass should be in the bushes with water likely hitting 305’ elevation or more by late Saturday.

Upcoming area tournaments — Not many tournaments next weekend since it’s Memorial Day weekend.

Next week’s report — Report from the Kerr Lake BFL tournament.

Tip of the week — Try one of the Alabama rigs. It’s an excellent bait to use now with the shad spawning on points and around bushes.

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