Fishing for a good cause on Kerr Lake
The Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central N.C. held its annual bass fishing tournament on Kerr Lake, welcoming 56 participants to the event that launched from the Nutbush facility last Sunday morning around 6:30 a.m.
My wife, Susan, and I were one of the teams hoping to take home the top prize of $3,000.
The first place team of Tony Woodard and Wally Szuba brought in 15.6 pounds of largemouth bass, which included the biggest fish of the tournament, weighing almost 6 pounds. They earned $3,500 for a good day of fishing. Second place went to the team of Angelo Bryant and Steve Wagner who landed five bass weighing a total of 14.55 pounds.
While Susan and I didn’t make any money, we had a great time fishing for the cause (except for one brief spell when Susan got a little hot) and caught lots of fish, including a nearly 2-pound crappie she hooked on a crankbait.
That crappie sure was delicious Tuesday night alongside some sweet corn and coleslaw. She also hooked seven bass and landed six of them, all just under the 14-inch minimum length size limit.
Unfortunately, the one she lost was a big one around 4 pounds that jumped and threw her crankbait.
Chuck Murray, Connie Ranes and many others worked hard to put on this event which raises money to support the goals of the Boys and Girls Club. It was great to see all their hard work rewarded with a big turnout. This is a fun event, so make sure to put it on your tournament schedule next year.
There were several other tournaments on Kerr Lake last weekend. The Piedmont Bass Classics Spring Mini Trail Team Tournaments qualifier No. 4 was won by Ronnie Williams and Jason Butler from Clayton with 16.53 pounds.
Also, Brandon Gray’s Bass Team Tournament Trail’s third event of the season was won by the father and son team of Jack Markham Jr. and Jack Markham III, who weighed 15.41 pounds to earn nearly $1,200.
This weekend, Susan and I plan to make amends for last week’s loss by winning the Pamunkey Bass Anglers Club tournament on Kerr Lake. She is really getting into bass tournament fishing.
Kerr Lake fishing report — Bass and crappies are really biting well. Crappies are in 8–12 feet of water and will take small minnows fished under a cork, or a small crankbait.
Some largemouth bass are still spawning while many have finished and are guarding their fry. Expect a good top water bite to develop over the next several weeks.
Upcoming area tournaments — There’s a Shenandoah division Bass Fishing League event on Kerr next Saturday.
Next week’s report — Report from the Pamunkey Bass Anglers Club tournament on Kerr Lake and a Mother’s Day cruising and fishing report.
Tip of the week — Today is Mother’s Day. Happy Mother’s Day, Momma, I love you.