Some of the big girls finally came out to play at Leesville BASSMaster's latest tournament at Buckhorn Reservoir in Bailey, NC. We arrived to a light breeze and a comfortable 60 degrees at blast-off. Water temps were in the low 60s. Clear skies reigned for the day, and the early-morning light breeze was replaced by a steady 10-15 mph wind that blew out of the SSW for the majority of the day.
When all fish had been called to the scales, rookie Mike Lee took home his second consecutive 1st place finish (2 fish, 10.18 lbs), followed closely by Mark "Connections" Cannon in 2nd (2 fish, 9.55 lbs) who also took big fish for the day with a 6.19 lbs chunk. Finishing in 3rd was Wes House (1 fish, 6.06 lbs). Duke Bevard was the only other member to bring fish to the scales (1 fish, 3.42 lbs).
Our next tournament is in two weeks on April 28 at Jordan Lake in Apex, NC. We're expecting fish will be hitting the beds hard over the next two weeks, and it should make for an interesting tournament.
OK Winter that's it, we're tapping out! Leesville BASSMasters arrived to an unseasonably cold Falls Lake for our second tournament of 2018. We started the day with clear skies and a chilly 33 degrees, with water temps at launch just north of 51 degrees. Clouds filled in throughout the morning, and by weigh-in time, we'd barely budged 50 with a light rain falling. It's hard to believe that just a couple of weeks earlier, you could find water temps in near 60 in some areas.
After calling all of the the fish to the scales, Leesville rookie non-boater Mike Lee took first place with (4 fish, 5.27#), while his boater Mark Cannon took second (2 fish, 4.65#), anchored by a 3.60# which was the big fish for the day. Tom Robertson took third (4 fish, 4.64#). Other members who brought fish to the scales included Duke Bevard (3 fish, 4.46#), Wes House (1 fish, 2.45#), and Craig Koefler (1 fish, 0.99#). While a couple members lost good fish, quality fish remained elusive at the scales.
Our next tournament is April 14th at Randleman Lake near Asheboro, NC and we're looking forward to what we hope will be more seasonal temperatures and conditions.
A blustery, cold NNW wind greeted Leesville BASSMasters at Hibernia ramp on Kerr Lake on March 3rd, and while skies were clear and sunny, the stiff wind would linger for the remainder of the day. Temps were in the mid 30s at blast-off, topping out in the mid-50s by weigh-in. Water temps were in the low 50s.
After all boats returned to the ramp and the catches were weighed, Tournament Director Wes House claimed 1st place (3 fish, 9.82 lbs) anchored with a 6.53 lb kicker. Asst. Tournament Director Sheldon Godfrey claimed 2nd (1 fish, 2.59 lbs), followed by Duke Bevard in 3rd (1 fish, 2.49 lbs). Jim Simons (1 fish, 2.41 lbs) and Mark Cannon (1 fish, 2.14 lbs) also weighed fish. Tom Robertson, Mike West, Mike Langer, Mike Lee and 2017 Champion Craig Koefler did not bring fish to the scales today.
Our next tournament will be a two-day event at Falls Lake on March 24 & 25, and we're looking forward to somewhat milder conditions.
Have you ever looked at one of your reels and wondered, "Hmmm, did I put fluorocarbon on that one...or was it mono?" It's easy to do especially if you use both clear mono and clear fluoro. Well, here's a quick, easy way to figure out what you're working with. While the poor guy in the video below got fleeced purchasing fake Seaguar blue label "fluorocarbon" from China for $8.50 per spool (umm, yeah, that was bogus from the git go), his test showing it's not fluoro works like a charm. Quite simply, mono burns (it's nylon, after all) while fluorocarbon will not. If you're not sure which type of line you spooled up the last time, just hit the end with a Bic and you'll have your answer in a flash!
The FG Knot is a very small, extremely strong, 100% break strength knot for tying braid to fluoro (it works great for mono, too!). I can tell you from my own personal experience that it doesn't catch on your guides or spool like a Modified Alberto often does, and it absolutely flies through your guides. However, it's a bit more challenging to tie, especially on the water. Sunline Pro Staff member J. P. DeRose shows what I consider to be a much easier way to tie an FG Knot, including a great tip for keeping the proper amount of tension on the line during the tie as well as a much more secure way to finish the knot off and lock it in place. Enjoy and good luck!