Better luck when the pressure is off

Oct. 05, 2013 @ 08:35 PM

Last Friday, fishing was great while I was preparing for Saturday’s Bass Fishing League Super Tournament on Lake Gaston. 
I caught fish pretty much everywhere, including one that was well over 5 pounds.

Then on Saturday, you can guess what happened. Yep, I zeroed.

I am not sure whether it had anything to do with my being sick recently or not, but I will just blame that and move on. At least I am pretty close to 100 percent now, and hope I stay that way for a long time.

Weighing in almost 16 pounds each day was Chris Cox of Greenville, who took home over $7,000 for the win with a two-day total weight of 31-05.

Area anglers Billy Shelton and Mark Robertson finished in sixth and seventh place respectively and each took home close to $1,000.
After struggling Saturday at Gaston, I decided to spend a few hours Sunday on Kerr Lake fishing for fun with no tournament pressure.

And again you can guess how I did. I caught them pretty much everywhere I went. Two were good 4-pounders and would have been much appreciated a day earlier. But that’s fishing — at least in my world.

I started to spend some time writing about the federal government shutdown but decided to stay out of politics and try to stay on fishing. Let’s just say that I am disappointed in our leadership.

Kerr Lake fishing report – Bass are between 2 and 15 feet deep and biting crankbaits, plastic worms and football jigs.

Upcoming area tournaments – The Angler’s Choice Team Trail Championship will be held October 12-13 out of Occoneechee (as long as the U.S. Corp of Engineers boat ramps are open). This is for anglers who qualified by fishing five events on that trail during the regular season.

Next week’s report – Tournament results from Saturday’s Piedmont Bass Classics event on Kerr Lake. On Sunday I may be able to fish in two tournaments launching out of Flemingtown ramp at the same time, one a Bojangles big bass event I heard about this week that pays $5,000 for the biggest bass, and a Raleigh Bass Anglers club event.  Maybe I can make up for last weekend lackluster showing.   

Tip of the week — Try some of the new Freedom jigs available at Vanco Outdoor. I like the Rogue model in the three-fourths ounce size. This is a football-type jig that lets the hook move freely which is something that the bass haven’t seen much of before.

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