Monster bass hauled in at Kerr Lake tourney

Oct. 19, 2013 @ 11:24 PM

A good day of fishing last Saturday landed Tyler Purcell and I in 18th place out of 154 teams on day one of the two-day Angler’s Choice Marine Championship on Kerr Lake.

We brought in a limit of bass weighing 12.45 pounds. 

We caught a five-fish limit in less than an hour and then continued to catch fish all day, landing around 15 keepers in all. This had us in reach of a win with a good catch on day two, and after catching so many fish Saturday, it really felt like Sunday would be a great day of fishing.

Day one leaders Eddie Fore and Tyler Trent had a big limit weighing 17.45 pounds that included a monster bass that weighed almost 9 pounds.

A fish that size is virtually unheard of on Kerr Lake but there have been a few landed over the last three years or so.

Local anglers Allen Haigh and Doug Washburn were close behind with a day one catch of 16.67 pounds.

Tyler and I struggled on Sunday after the spot where I’d had such good luck for the last week turned off. We did manage three keeper bass and ended up in 34th place, missing a check by two positions.

One more good fish would have put us in the money and two fish would have been worth a nice chunk of change. Oh well, maybe next time.

Teammates Brian Calloway and Gary Dickerson brought in good limits both days for a total of 30.7 pounds to win the first-place prize of a new Ranger boat with a 150 horsepower engine worth over $40,000.

Local anglers Tommy Marrow and Stan McDuffie followed closely with 27.89 pounds to take second place and a nice paycheck.

I’m glad to report that the recently government-shut down boat ramps on Kerr Lake have reopened after being closed during Washington’s contribution to our nation’s economic recovery.

That contribution would be a net negative impact of 0.6 percent of the 2013 annual GDP by some reports. The long term impact brought about by the continuing deterioration of confidence in our leadership will play out over time.

Kerr Lake fishing report – Largemouth bass are between 2 and 15 feet deep and biting crankbaits, plastic worms, and football jigs. Stripers are plentiful from the dam to Nutbush Bridge and over to the mouth of Eastland Creek. Try top water lures early or crankbaits.

Upcoming area tournaments – Brandon Gray will hold the Buggs Island Bass Challenge trail championship on Kerr Lake next Sunday out of the Occoneechee ramp in Clarksville.

Next week’s report – Fishing report from Belews Creek Lake.   

Tip of the week — If at first you don’t succeed then try and try again. My day will come.

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