When I woke up this past Sunday morning to the news that legendary former North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith had passed away at the age of 83, I reflected back to my childhood.
After spending another weekend at home recovering from the flu, I am itching to go fishing.
You have to admire the cat fishermen and women on “Kerr Lake” (formerly known by some as Buggs Island), especially the ones that competed in the “NC vs. VA Ice Bowl” that launched out of Clarksville, Va. on Jan. 24.
Finally, after more than 60 years of debate, numerous fist fights and verbal arguments between otherwise well-behaved adults, we know the name of that 50,000 acre body of water north of Henderson, NC.
I mentioned a few weeks back that local angler and bass tournament host Brandon Gray had qualified to compete in the upcoming Bassmasters Classic on Lake Hartwell in South Carolina.
After spending eight days bass fishing in central Florida wearing a t-shirt and shorts, it was a shock when we got home last Saturday and stepped out of the truck into 41 degrees and a misty rain. We left Florida to head north at 4 a.m. with the truck thermometer showing 63 degrees and it dropped steadily all the way home.
Striped bass fishing on the Chesapeake Bay appears to have been very consistent this year, with not a lot of fish being caught, but the ones caught were good ones.
Our area is going to be represented in the big dance - the Super Bowl of bass fishing – the holy grail of all bass tournaments.
Local angler Clint Daniel landed a giant largemouth bass last weekend in an ABA tournament on Kerr Lake. He reported getting a top water strike, but the fish missed the bait.
While there were a lot of options available to me last weekend as far as places to go hunting or fishing, I decided to take it easy and spend the long holiday weekend close to home in Walnut Cove.