More than 60 teams show for benefit tourney

Jun. 08, 2013 @ 08:16 PM

We had a great turnout for last weekend’s Boys and Girls Club benefit bass tournament on Kerr Lake. 

Sixty-three teams came out to support this great local cause while trying to land enough bass to win the $3,000 first place prize or take home $2,000 for being runner up. Turnout was up significantly from last year and we are looking forward to an even bigger turnout next year. Scott Davies and Tony Shawner came in with a 15.54 pound-total to take the top prize that had been guaranteed by Rose Oil Co.  

Allen Haigh and Doug Washburn cashed the second-place check that was guaranteed by Carolina Country Snacks by bringing in 15.19 pounds including a big fish weighing almost 5 pounds. 

Chuck Murray and the Boys and Girls Club team did a great job running this event and raised much needed funds to provide after-school programs for young people.

My family was holding our annual family reunion in Epsom so I wasn’t able to fish in this year’s event, but I did get there in time to watch the weigh in and pass out locally made CCS pork skins.

While I didn’t compete in any tournaments this weekend I did find something that should help me in upcoming events. Sunday while fishing with Bob, my cousin Karen Denise Walker’s husband from Vermont, we came across what I can only describe as a magic bush. 

In about one hour Sunday afternoon I landed a 5-pounder, another couple weighing at least 4 pounds, and several other nice bass. 

It was almost a fish on each cast, and you had to bring the bait by the bush at the same angle or you wouldn’t get bit. I wish there was more time in the day but unfortunately I had to leave around 2 p.m. to head back home. 

It’s tough to leave the fish when they are biting, but I released a 4-pounder and headed in. Hopefully there will still be fish there in two weeks when Susan and I compete in a husband and wife tournament.

My cousin Jim reports that they are catching some big cobia at the beach. While out looking for king mackerel last Saturday they saw fish busting the water. 

He stopped and in a matter of seconds, they were surrounded by a school of 50-75 huge red drum with big cobia mixed in.

They pitched baitfish to the cobia but they kept getting inhaled by the reds. Jim and his 9-year-oldson Joshua, father-in-law, Glen Moss, and brother-in-law, Jonathan Moss, from Henderson enjoyed catching and releasing four big red drum and then they were gone.

Kerr Lake fishing report – Bass continue to move deeper as the weather warms. Some of the bigger fish I landed last weekend still had sore tails from fanning the spawning beds. The deep spots will start to produce now.

Upcoming area tournaments – Next weekend there’s an ABA couples event on Kerr Saturday and then Brandon Grays fourth tournament of the year on Sunday.

Next week’s report – Results from Saturdays FLW BFL on Badin Lake and a fishing report from the new Randleman Reservoir where my son Jimmie and I will be fishing together Sunday for the first time in several years.

Tip of the week — Try casts from all angles when fishing a piece of cover. Sometimes it seems like the bass are all looking in one direction and only bite when you bring your lure by that side.

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