Leesville BASSMasters launched our fifth tournament out of the Stonehouse Creek ramp at Lake Gaston. Temperatures at blast-off were in the upper 60s with morning cloudiness giving way to bright sun and temps in the low 90s. Water temps ranged from the low 70s to near 80 in some of the skinny water.
After weighing in all of the fish, Duke Bevard came away with the win with two fish weighing a measly 2.53 lbs, including a Spotted Bass. Second went to Tom Robertson (1 fish, 2.05#), and 3rd went to Craig Koefler (1 fish, 1.19#). Jim Simons did not bring any fish to the scales.
Based on conversations we had with several members of two other clubs putting out of Stonehouse, Lake Gaston was stingy with many of their anglers as well during the day, Their accounts sounded very much like how our day went: grass, wood, rocks, docks...none seemed to be holding bass of any size.
Our next tournament will be at Kerr Lake on June 3, and we're certainly hoping for a better day of fishing than what Gaston showed us today.
Leesville BASSMasters arrived in Apex, NC to a light, chilly rain at a still swollen but steadily falling B. Everett Jordan Lake. Jordan was about three feet high after being nearly 11 feet high from Raleigh's torrential rains two weeks earlier. Temperatures at blast-off were in the low 50s with a light but building west wind, and water temperatures in the high 60s-low 70s. As the day progressed, the rain departed, ushering in strong WSW winds at 10-15 with gusts to 20.
After trailering the boats in some very choppy water, the fish were called to the scales. Duke Bevard scored his second win of 2017 with four fish weighing 8.85 lbs, anchored by a 3.90 lb big fish, followed by Wes House in 2nd (2 fish, 3.42 lbs). Jim Simons and Tom Robertson did not bring any fish to the scales.
Our next tournament will be at Lake Gaston on May 20. Gaston has a wide variety of cover including submerged vegetation, but its numerous docks typically come into play and it supports all three species of black bass.