Local fishing reports and top tournament finishers – The Bojangles Championship bass tournament that I thought was last weekend is this one, so I’ll have those results next week. Kerr Lake remains low at around 297 feet above sea level. That’s always meant good fishing, probably since it reduces the number of places available for the fish to hide.

And I couldn't locate the results from the ABA District 16 Open Bass tournament that I think was held on Jordan Lake last Saturday. I had planned on riding down there to fish with them, but decided to spend the day with our daughter Laura Anne and granddaughter Ruth Anne in Kernersville NC. We had a great time at a street festival there and then had a cookout Saturday night.

This week on Kerr the largemouth bass were biting shallow crank-baits and jigs. Small pods of shad are migrating toward the backs of creeks and the bass were waiting for them.

Info on upcoming tournaments – There's a BFL 2 Day tournament on Kerr Lake next weekend. This is the last event of the season for the Piedmont division and I need a top finish to move up in the points standing and qualify for the regional on the James River in October. Back in 2013, sitting in 6th place after day one to fish in the day two finals with the top 10, my engine failed about half way to my best fishing spot and I ended up in 10th place in this same tournament. This year it'll be different.

Next week’s report – Results from the Bojangles Championship bass tournament on Kerr Lake and from the CATT and Piedmont Bass tournaments and a fishing and arrowhead hunting report from Kerr Lake where our son Jimmie and his son John II are spending the weekend.

Tip of the week – Use monofilament line with crankbaits versus braid or flourocarbon. Mono has some stretch to it, and that'll let the fish get more hooks in its mouth before you feel them and set the hook. That equals less missed fish.

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