Manson team takes Hyco Lake tourney
Fishing in miserable cold and heavy rain last Saturday, Cameron Newhouse and Kristie Hall won the state ABA East couples season opener tournament on Hyco Lake.
The Manson team caught five bass weighing 9.75 pounds and earned $270.00. They reported fishing around docks with soft plastics.
Second went to Derik and Jessica Hudson from Virginia, who caught five bass weighing 8.08 pounds to earn $180.00. Derik also landed the men’s big fish for a weight of 2.84 pounds.
Susan and I hauled in around 20 fish but they were all small, and we came in third place, the first team out of the money.
We did get some nice door prizes. Susan was pleased that the tournament organizer let her return to the truck briefly midday to warm up.
We were also surprised to receive a beautiful award for winning the state ABA Couples Trail overall points championship for 2012. It is a nice plaque with a picture of a jumping fish, a nice clock and our names inscribed under “2012 North Carolina ABA Couples Division Points Champions.”
We got lucky and won two events in a row late last year on this trail and took first place overall. We are looking forward to success this year, but Susan isn’t awful excited about competing March 8 on Falls Lake.
After the tournament we went to the Carolina Hurricanes hockey match in Raleigh hoping to see a Carolina win. But they struggled in the final minutes and fell to the Tampa Bay Lightning, 5–2.
While there I saw on Facebook that Ritchie Bentley, son of family friend, Cindy Hunt, was also at the match. Using messaging, we found out which seats they were in and waved at each other from across the crowded stadium.
I haven’t seen Ritchie since he was a young boy, and it was nice to see him from across the stadium. Hopefully we can talk from within 100 yards sometime soon.
Talking about being lucky, Sunday I was extremely so. After spending the night in my truck camper in the parking lot of the Shearon Harris boat ramp, I got up before dawn and signed up for the Raleigh Bass Anglers season opener tournament against 24 other boats.
I felt like it might go well when I was given boat 1 for the second time in two days (Susan drew No. 2 at Hyco). After a slow start, I located some bait and fish in deep water up near the dam.
Landing a 9-pounder, a 7-pounder and three more keepers put me right at 20 pounds total. I brought home a handful of money for first place and biggest fish.
I mentioned last week that this is the time of year to catch giants on Harris and I was lucky to catch these. Hopefully this marks the start to a great year of fishing competition.
I want to mention renewed partnerships with my two sponsors from 2012, Vanco Outdoor and Marine and Carolina Country Snacks. Both these Vance County-based companies are growing fast and I hope to get some publicity to help build their fine brands. All I need to do now is catch a few fish!
Kerr Lake fishing report – Still hearing reports of nice limits of largemouth being brought to the scales in early season tournaments. It took almost 16 pounds to make fourth place in a small tournament last weekend.
Next week’s report – Plans is to compete in the FLW BFL event on High Rock Lake near Lexington on Saturday before heading to Clarksville, Va. Sunday to compete in Brandon Grays Bass Team Tournament Trail on Kerr Lake. I am fishing with local wildlife officer Johnny Young. Will I still need to have a fishing license?
Tip of the week — Watch the new movie Safe Haven. Besides seeing a group of local women who had parts in the film, you’ll also see a rack of Carolina Country Snacks Pork Skins in a country store that is part of the film.
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