Local anglers find success in bass tourneys

Oct. 27, 2013 @ 12:18 AM

A number of area anglers have done or are doing well this weekend in large bass tournaments.

Henderson’s Mark Robertson won the N.C. Bass Federation Nation Eastern Regional on Kerr Lake last weekend as part of the Sandy Creek Bassmasters team, which defended its 2012 team title in this event with a total weight of 79.13 pounds.

The team of Robertson (23.50), Jay Wright (12.22), Marvin Edwards (6.31), Reggie Norfleet (15.54), Sonny Layton (1.73), and Randy Groves (19.83) maintained the title over the second-place team of Holly Springs Bass Masters who brought in 61.70 pounds total over the course of the two-day event.

Mark brought in nine bass over two days for a total weight of 23.50 pounds and was crowned the Eastern Regional Champion.

Cory Leonard, a firefighter from Castalia, and also a member of the Sandy Creek Bassmasters, is fishing in the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship at Lake Dardanelle in Russellville, Ark. this weekend.

This is his first time at the championship and he’s in good shape after day one, sitting in 17th place with a berth in the 2014 Bassmasters Classic on the line for each of the division winners.

Also, Bobby Crisman of Bracey, Va. is competing in the American Fishing Tour National Championship this weekend on Clarks Hill Reservoir in Georgia (known as Strom Thurmond Lake in South Carolina).

Bobby was in first place at the end of day one Wednesday with a limit weighing 17.87 pounds, but slipped a little to third place after day two.

I look forward to reporting on the success of these anglers in next week’s column as well as reporting on how Robertson and I do on Kerr Lake this weekend in Brandon Gray’s Buggs Island Bass Challenge Trail championship.

With Mark coming off his recent win and me also having some good outings recently, we should at least have an opportunity to do well.

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

Stripers are plentiful from the dam to Nutbush Bridge and over to the mouth of Eastland Creek where they are schooling on top at different times of the day, especially early and late.

Upcoming area tournaments – My son Jimmie and I are competing in a small team tournament on Belews Creek Lake next weekend after having Halloween with my grandson John II.

Next week’s report – Tournament results from all over the East Coast.

Tip of the week — Don’t forget to winterize all your equipment, especially to put fuel stabilizer (Sta-bil) in gas tanks that are not going to be used over the winter. A few dollars now could save a bunch down the road. Make sure to follow all manufacturer’s recommendations.

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