Leesville BASSMaster's 2018 season has finally come to an end. Along the way, we had a lot of great times together as well as some good fishing. We started our season with three rookie additions to the Leesville family: Mark Cannon, Mike Langer, and Mike Lee.
We kicked off our twelve tournament season at Kerr Lake, where Wes House brought nearly 10 pounds to the scales, including what turned out to be the big fish for the season, a 6.53# chunk. During our second and third stops, rookie Mike Lee won back to back tournaments at Buckhorn and Falls Lake, while Wes reeled in his second win at our fourth stop at Jordan. Mark came away with his first of three wins for the year at stop number five, a two-day at High Rock that ended up being a mud derby following some heavy spring rains that churned the waters of the Yadkin into that High Rock orange that it's known for. Longstanding member Craig Koefler rounded out the first half of the season with a win at Lake Gaston in June.
As the second half of the season got underway, Mark Cannon chalked up his second win at Roanoke Rapids while Tom Robertson won a sweltering tournament number eight at Lake Gaston with a single, nearly six pound tank. Duke Bevard started his streak of late season wins with a top finish at Falls, a two-day event that saw the first day cancelled due to Hurricane Florence. Mark checked off win number three showing us how to get it done on Mayo Lake, while Duke finished strong with wins at Falls (rescheduled from Jordan due to high water) and our final competition at Kerr Lake.
A couple of other highlights from the 2018 season...rookie Mike Langer caught his first spotted bass ever (1.87#, and his first fish brought to the scales for the season). From there on, he caught at least one fish in four of the five remaining tournaments he was able to fish. Rookie Mark Cannon took big fish honors in seven of our twelve tournaments.
All in all, we had a great 2018 season. We added three new members to the Leesville family, and all of our tournaments were safe and uneventful. We look forward to building on our success in 2018, and having an even better 2019. Stay tuned!