On the Water Weekly: Looking forward to Kerr Lake

Fourteen year old Hamza Alashmli, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Alashmli of Williamsboro, holding a 4.5 pound largemouth bass he landed while fishing on Kerr Lake with a green pumpkin lizard. For more see Walt Bowen’s column on Page B3.

After not being on the water fishing for the last couple of weeks I’m looking forward to 4 days on Kerr Lake starting next Thursday. Joseph Sharpe and I will fish as a team in the CATT tournament on 10/22, launching from Occoneechee Landing in Clarksville. With the water low bass should be easier to find since there are fewer places for them to hide. Fishing has been good on Kerr recently based on weights recorded in tournaments, and with the weather going from “summertime hot” to “late fall cool” this week the fish should be feeding up for winter.

The BFL regional championship tournament on the James River that I’d hoped to be in but missed qualifying for almost became a reality. While driving to Henderson Wednesday at 2:24 PM to visit with my dad, a call came in from the tournament organizers at FLW. One of the qualifiers had dropped out at the last minute for some reason and I was next on the list to take his place at 7:00 AM the next morning. Making a quick mental list of what would need to be done to prepare and the travel required, I passed up the chance. If only they’d called just a little sooner.

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