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.