Memories carved from mountains

Feb. 23, 2013 @ 08:50 PM


Susan and I had a wonderful ride through the mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee last weekend.

We headed off into the sunset Saturday after watching the Wake Forest basketball team’s lackadaisical loss by a point to Georgia Tech. Both squads put forth half-hearted efforts in my opinion. The best thing about the game was the dogs catching Frisbees at halftime and the hot popcorn that cost $6 a bucket.

Staying at a Hampton Inn in Marion, I remembered why we avoid motels if at all possible while listening to two youngsters cry themselves to sleep in the room next door.

It was cold as ice Sunday up high in the hills with winds gusting to 60 mph near Grandfather Mountain, paired with temperatures around 20 degrees.

We were glad to settle down for the night in a cabin with a roaring fire in Blowing Rock. That was a lot better than the motel, and Susan and I enjoyed shopping on the main street there.

We came back down the hill Monday and began preparations for the tournament fishing season which starts in earnest this weekend. Susan will be fishing with me Saturday on Hyco Lake, and she isn’t looking forward to being in the cold rain. 

I will enjoy it though, and having won tournaments on Hyco in 42 degree rain, I feel confident about our chances at doing well in the first ABA couples event of the year.

Then on Sunday I’m fishing in a Raleigh Bass Anglers event on Shearon Harris Lake south of Raleigh. Chances of catching a big bass are much higher this time of year as the bigger females get active and feed up before the spawn. 

Harris is known as a big fish lake, and I’ve landed two fish weighing over 10 pounds there in recent years. The chances of landing another giant have me looking forward to a fun day there also.

Kerr Lake fishing report – Report is that a five-fish limit weighing almost 19 pounds was needed to win a small tournament last Saturday. Hopefully the largemouth bass virus is finally gone. Fish numbers are still down but hopefully we will get a couple of good spawning seasons to bring the lake back to its former glory.

Next week’s report – What a whirlwind weekend I have lined up. Between tournaments on Saturday and Sunday, we are attending a Carolina Hurricanes hockey match in Raleigh Saturday night. I will be ready to get back to work on Monday.

Tip of the week — Four words: Freedom jigs / Vanco Outdoor.

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