A crisp mid-fall morning greeted us when we arrived to a very foggy Upper Barton's ramp in the low 40s at Falls Lake. Falls looked to be setting up for what you'd think would have been a great day of fishing and potential for heavy sacks...water temps falling steadily from the low 80s just a couple weeks earlier to just shy of 70 at blast off and a strong low in the guise of what's left of Tropical Storm Nestor approaching from the south. After a fog delay, we eventually decided to "ooze off" with conditions not conducive to running on plane. The fog finally lifted mid-morning to partly cloudy but steadily graying skies and a high in the mid-60s.
All of our anglers brought fish to the scales except one. When all fish had been weighed, Leesville rookie Gray Williams chalked up his third win in the last four tournaments with another five fish limit weighing 9.68 lbs anchored by a 4.05 lbs chunk that also took big fish honors for the day. Following in second was Tom Robertson (5 fish, 7.32 lbs), and fishing in his final tournament as a Leesville member was Duke Bevard (4 fish, 6.90 lbs). Gray's fish were caught junk fishing with no discernible pattern and the rest of our anglers said covering water was the name of the game, picking up a fish here and there.
Our final tournament of the year takes us to High Rock on November 16. Going into our last derby, Mark Cannon leads Wes House by just 3 points. With only the top 10 finishes contributing to year-end scores, it's possible Wes could surpass Mark if he finishes four places ahead of him in our last tournament. Falls also helped separate the field for the bottom three money tournament positions, although there's also still some opportunities for movement depending on participation and performance at High Rock. Stay tuned!