Cleaning up in yard, Belews Creek

Nov. 16, 2013 @ 11:27 PM

It felt great to get some limb work done in my yard last weekend.

After using a chain saw, pole saw and ax and loading the brush on a trailer from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. and then washing my camper, I was about as tired as I could get.

When I laid on the couch for about 30 minutes and then tried to get up, I could barely move. It’s tough getting old, but at least the yard looks nice now.

On Sunday, I spent a few hours on Belews Creek Lake fishing for bass in deep water with a jigging spoon and drop shot. The fish weren’t biting as well as they had been the week before, but I still managed to boat a half dozen good ones in four hours, mostly on a drop shot rigged Zoom finesse worm in green pumpkin.

Using a drop shot is a fun technique that requires a different kind of hook set. You will have more success by slowly lifting your rod when you feel a pull and then start to reel steadily.

For some reason when you set the hook with a sharp jerk, many fish aren’t hooked, where a steady lift and reel will usually hook them in the roof of the mouth.

Also, be sure to use a hook designed for a drop shot and put a quality barrel swivel between your main line and the drop shot rig to prevent line twist.

I am happy to report that my Uncle Wayland Bowen is back home after being under the weather for a while. He is getting around well and we look forward to many more visits and cookouts in the years to come.

Kerr Lake fishing report – I still haven’t been there in a few weeks but bass should be feeding up as they sense the long winter closing in. Bass should be shallow for a while longer.
Upcoming area tournaments – No tournaments on Kerr that I can find until early December.

Next week’s report – Results from the Kerr Lake Bass Masters open team tournament.

Tip of the week — Contact Henderson woodworker Benji White to check out his custom made fishing plugs. Not only are they excellent examples of quality craftsmanship but they catch fish too. He can be reached at (252) 915–9117.

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