On the Water: Flooding, train crash wipe out tourney

May. 03, 2014 @ 11:13 PM

Fishing was great this week on James River while I was practicing for the FLW Rayovac (formerly the Everstart, but change of batteries this year) bass tournament scheduled for May 1-3.

I was catching nice bass in the Chickahominy River where I’d spent each day.

Knowing that there was a lot of rain forecast across Virginia, which would muddy up the James, my plan was to run down to the Chick where the swamp-fed river would stay cleaner.

The ride there is about an hour from Richmond, where the field was set to launch.

Unfortunately, the tournament was canceled at the last minute due to flood conditions and a train derailment in Lynchburg that spilled oil in the river.

To say I was disappointed would be an understatement. Not only had I found big fish biting and was confident of a good showing, but I spent a lot of money and a week of vacation practicing.

At least everyone was safe and I don’t have to come up with any excuses for not doing well.

Several local anglers did well in last week’s FLW Bass Fishing League event on Kerr lake, including Cameron Newhouse (sixth), Jason Houchins (10th), and Dan Jackson (15th).

It took Denver’s Scott Hamrick over 18 pounds to win. 

Last Saturday, the Warren County Bass Club fished on Kerr Lake and reported catching some nice bass. They had 10 boats fishing and all caught at least four fish per boat.

In first were Randy and Lana Miller with five fish for 11.11 pounds. Second went to Dave Hunt and Bill (last name unavailable) with five fish for 9.55 pounds. Third went to Hubie Steagall with five fish for 8.85 pounds. Big fish went to David and Earl Seagrave with a 3.45-pound largemouth.

Next week’s report — Results from the Piedmont Bass Classics Spring Mini Trail Team Tournament qualifier No. 4, Brandon Gray’s third event of the season and the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central N.C. annual bass fishing tournament on Kerr. Come to the weigh-in today around 3 p.m. at the new Nutbush ramp.

Tip of the week — Don’t forget to use sunscreen and have regular checkups at the dermatologist. 

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