Going solo in team competition

Nov. 09, 2013 @ 11:49 PM

The fishing season continues to wind down, but I found a small team tournament to fish in last weekend.

My son, Jimmie, was going to fish with me but he ended up having to work. We did get to fish on Saturday for the first time in a while and had a great day together on Belews Creek Lake near my house in Walnut Cove.

Jimmie was happy to land his first bass in years.

In the tournament Sunday, I ended up in fifth place fishing alone in the team tournament, weighing five fish for almost 10 pounds.

I caught around a dozen keepers, most on a drop shot rig with a Zoom green pumpkin finesse worm in 25–45 feet of water. The second-place team had 10.5 pounds so one more good cull would have put me in the money. First place had a little over 13 pounds.

This coming weekend, I plan to do some actual yard work, raking leaves and trimming shrubs. I will get on Belews Creek Lake Sunday for a while to look for a group of bigger fish in deep water to catch in the next tournament in a few weeks. Jimmie is making plans to fish that one with me.

This week, Susan and I made reservations for a 10-day trip to Florida after Christmas. We will be fishing on Lake Okeechobee, exploring the Everglades, saltwater fishing with my cousin, Denise, and her husband, Bob, out of Jupiter Fla., and camping in Key West for a couple of days to let Susan experience the unique atmosphere and sunsets there.

I cannot wait to see the trained house cats again.

Kerr Lake fishing report – I haven’t been there in a few weeks, but the stripers and bass should be feeding up as they sense the long winter closing in.
Bass should be shallow for a while longer and stripers will be heading toward Nutbush Bridge.

Upcoming area tournaments – The Kerr Lake Bass Masters are holding an open team tournament next Sunday, Nov. 17 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
They’ll be launching out of Longwood Park and the entry fee is $75 per team (cash only) which includes a $10 Big Fish pot. There’s a 100 percent payback on big fish and 80 percent payback to the field paying one place for every five boats.
For any questions, contact Glen Boyd at 919-691-2891 or email him at gwboyd151@aol.com

Next week’s report – Yard cleaning and tree trimming report from Walnut Cove and a deep water fishing report from Belews Creek Lake.

Tip of the week — Purchase a horse and cattle syringe from a farm supply store. I use the medium-sized syringe with the plunger removed and a 1.5-inch needle for fizzing deep-caught fish.

Many times when you catch a fish from over 20 feet deep, the sudden reduction in pressure causes their swim bladder to expand and they’ll have a hard time getting back down in the water.

If this happens, hold the fish under water while pushing the needle down their throat. You will see the bubbles come out and the bladder will go down so they can happily swim away.

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