Leesville BASSMasters arrived to fish our fourth tournament of the 2018 season at Jordan Lake in Apex, NC. The lake was four feet above normal pool, bushes flooded, water temp 66-68 degrees for what looked to be a great day for a tournament...except the fish forgot to show up. Significant rainfall events over the past couple of weeks reduced visibility to less than one foot (and less than six inches in some areas), the water level has been up, down, and up four feet twice in the past two weeks, and we're on the cusp of a full moon which means many shallow fish are locking down to bed. To say it was an epic grind would be an understatement. And to top it all off...we forgot to take pictures of the fish we DID catch!
Of eight members participating, only two brought fish to the scales, and several members didn't have a bite all day. Taking first place was Wes House who won our opener at Kerr in early March with two fish weighing 5.41 lbs, including the big fish of the day at 3.12 lbs. Mike Lee, who's won the last two tournaments, came in second with one fish at 2.42 lbs. Congratulations to both on what was certainly a challenging day for everybody.
Our next tournament is a two day at storied High Rock Lake in Lexington, NC on May 5 & 6. Most members plan to fish, and in what's become a ritual to look forward to for our away tournaments, Leesville BASSMaster's unofficial Food & Beverage manager, Tom "That's Italian!" Robertson, will be cooking his signature spaghetti dinner for everyone on Saturday night. We're looking forward to a fun filled, hopefully livewells filled weekend.