On the Water: Fishing heating up on Kerr Lake

Apr. 26, 2014 @ 06:33 PM

In last week’s column, I reported that one more keeper fish would have put me in the money in a tournament on Kerr Lake the prior weekend — and that I ended up with four fish to miss the money by ounces.

I am happy to report that this was not the case last weekend for David Ball and I in Brandon Gray’s tournament, also on Kerr Lake.

In fact, the long Easter weekend got better as each day passed as I went from catching zero bass on Friday to three on Saturday to around 20 or more on Sunday.

David and I caught fish in both Grassy and Nutbush creeks, most on spinnerbaits, but also a few on cranks. We ended up with 15.55 pounds, which included one smaller fish that would have been nice to cull, landing in sixth place to take the last check.

That’s a lot better than being the first one out of the money. The tournament was won by the team of Bomar and Elder with 20 pounds even, earning them almost $1,200. Second went to the team of Denny Gilbert and Tom Wilkinson to wrap up a good weekend of fishing for them.

I spent Good Friday on the James River with David Ball pre-fishing for a big tournament coming up there in early May. We had no luck with bass but did catch some nice stripers.

My wife, Susan, and I returned to the area on Saturday and spent the day on the Chickahominy River, where we enjoyed good fishing, decent weather and delicious seafood at a riverside restaurant.

I am looking forward to spending next week there fishing in the AAA level Rayovac event against some of the top names in bass fishing.

Last week, I got my hair cut by Mr. Bill — the Floyd, the barber of Walnut Cove.

Mr. Bill, 82, cuts hair with the precision of a barber who’s been doing this for over 60 years in the same shop.

While he left a few bare spots and some long areas, at least it was better than I could have done it by myself. Well, maybe better than I could have done by myself at age 4.

Well, at least I got a haircut.

Kerr Lake fishing report — Local anglers, Denny Gilbert and Tom Wilkinson, took first place last Saturday in the CATT trail tournament on Kerr Lake with a limit weighing 18.18 pounds to earn $1,990. Second went to locals, Dan Jackson and John Yeager, with 17.44 pounds — and they had a second big fish at 5.44 pounds, earning them a total of $805.

Also in the ABA Weekend Series event last Saturday, Rodney Bell of Salisbury weighed 18.52 pounds to win.

Fishing is hot on the lake right now, with crappie and bass being found in shallow water to spawn. Try small top water baits around anything that’s sticking out of the water.

Upcoming area tournaments — Piedmont Bass Classics Spring Mini Trail Team Tournament qualifier No. 4 will be held on Kerr Saturday, May 3. Contact Phil McCarson at (919) 471-1571.

Brandon Gray will also hold his third event of the season that day. Contact Brandon at (252) 213-2949. The Boys and Girls clubs of North Central North Carolina will have their annual bass fishing tournament on Kerr May 4. Contact Chuck Murray with any questions at leanliner@aol.com or contact the Boys and Girls Club at (252) 430-1871.

Next week’s report — WCBC and BFL tournament results along with a brief tournament report from the James River.

Tip of the week — Look for bass on shorelines with wind blowing in to them. The waves push bait to the edge and disorient them, making for an easy meal.

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