Leesville BASSMasters launched from Stonehouse Creek at Lake Gaston for our sixth tournament of the season. Temps were in the low 50s at launch rising to around 80 at weigh-in. We had partly to mostly sunny skies and water temps in the mid 70s. A brisk breeze made running on some portions of the main lake a little sporty, and as a result, many of the jet skis and water skiers were pushed back into the creeks.
All of our anglers brought fish to the scales today, and quite a few were spotted bass. After all of the sacks had been weighed, Wes House captured his second win of the season with a five fish limit weighing 8.91 lbs, anchored by a 3.64 lbs which also took big fish for the day. Following closely behind in 2nd was Leesville rookie Gray Williams (5 fish, 8.48 lbs). Duke Bevard rounded out the Top 3 in 3rd (5 fish, 7.56 lbs).
With the first half of our 2019 season completed, Wes House leads the field in 1st place, followed by Mark Cannon and Duke Bevard, but we still have a lot of water remaining to fish. The second half of our 2019 trail leads off at Roanoke Rapids Lake near Thelma, NC on July 13. RoRap is one of the few major lakes in the area that still has a healthy crop of grass, and we're looking forward to pulling some nice sacks out of the salad.
Leesville BASSMasters arrived at the Upper Barton’s ramp at Falls Lake for our fifth tournament of the 2019 season. Falls was just short of normal pool with water temps in the mid 80’s. The air temp was a very comfortable, almost chilly 62 degrees at blast-off, a nice change given the muggy overnight lows in the upper 60s to low 70s and daytime temps near 100 in the days leading up to the tournament. By the time we arrived back at the ramp to weigh-in, temps had climbed to around 80.
The Piedmont trail’s final qualifier of the year was fishing out of the Ledge Rock ramp at the northern end of the lake. Needless to say, there was quite a bit of fishing pressure and Falls Lake’s famous summertime boat traffic increased throughout the day as the jet skiers and pleasure boaters finally got out of bed around 10AM.
All of our anglers caught weighable fish during the day. When all the fish were brought to the scales, Mark Cannon chalked up his third win of the season with a five fish limit of 9.07 lbs. Wes House followed in 2nd place (3 fish, 6.74 lbs) and Duke Bevard took 3rd (3 fish, 5.94 lbs). Big Fish honors for the day went to Mike “Coppertone” Lee’s 3.32 lb anchor fish.
Our next tournament takes us to Lake Gaston on June 15, and marks the midpoint for the 2019 season. Docks with deep water nearby should play big at Gaston this time of year, with other offshore structure coming into play, especially if Dominion is pulling water