Roanoke Rapids Lake hosted Leesville BASSMaster's seventh tournament of the 2019 season, with temps in the low 70s at blastoff, rising to the low 90s at weigh-in with a heat index over 100. Water temps were in the upper 70s to low-mid 80s. Dominion Power began releasing water from Lake Gaston into RoRap around 9AM, and the flow continued until weigh-in time.
All but one of our anglers brought fish to the scales. When all fish had been weighed, Duke Bevard scored his second win in 2019 with a five fish limit of 11.17 lbs. Following in 2nd place was Leesville rookie Gray Williams (5 fish, 8.41 lbs), and Wes House in 3rd (2 fish, 6.70 lbs). Wes also took big fish with a 4.99 lbs chunk, his fourth big fish win of the season. Duke caught most of his fish after the water started flowing, keying in on surface boils near weedline edges signaling underwater cover deflecting the current. A weightless wacky worm cast upstream and drifted past the underlying cover did the trick.
We're back to Lake Gaston on August 24 for the next stop on the second half of the 2019 season, launching from the Steel Bridge ramp. The upper part of Gaston usually provides some good summertime action, especially if the Corps releases water during the day, and we're looking forward to another great day on the water.