Solid showing at Angler’s Choice tourney

Jul. 06, 2013 @ 04:50 PM

Tyler Purcell and I had respectable finishes in each of the Angler’s Choice team tournaments we competed in on Kerr Lake last weekend.

While we didn’t earn any money, we caught a limit each day and culled several times. One big fish bite each day would have been worth a lot of money, but at least we didn’t lose any fish and had a great time fishing. 

Sunday it was so hot and muggy that we both struggled to stay focused late in the day.

Saturday’s event was won by the team of Richard Chattin and Mike Pendleton with a five-fish limit of largemouth bass weighing almost 20 pounds. Sunday’s winning weight was around 18 pounds.

Susan and I spent Friday riding around the lake fishing, swimming, and sun tanning. Saturday night we did try Pino’s Italian in Henderson. Susan picked us up a pizza and I had pepperoni, jalapenos, and anchovies on my half. 

We both said it was the best pizza we’d ever had. In fact, we continued to say it the whole time we ate, both repeating the phrase along with those noises a person makes when they are really enjoying something.


Kerr Lake fishing report — Bass are biting crankbaits, jigs and plastics in 10–20 feet of water. There’s a large school of stripers near the old railroad trestle and they’ll eat deep, shiny crankbaits.

Upcoming area tournaments — Next weekend, Brandon Gray will hold his fifth tournament of the year on Kerr Lake launching from Occoneechee.

Next week’s report — Report from our Fourth of July cookout at the lake and a Kerr lake fishing update.  

Tip of the week — When fishing in a tournament during the heat of the summer, extra care is required to keep your fish alive and healthy so they can be released after weighing them.
I freeze several two liter drink bottles of water and put them in a soft-sided cooler designed for carrying frozen food home from the grocery. Then during the day, I add a block to my live well every couple of hours and my fish are always hopping around like crazy when I dump them in the weigh basket.

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