High Rock Lake was a tough customer this past weekend when Leesville BASSMasters fished our second tournament, a two-day event launching out of Dutch Second Creek ramp near Salisbury, NC. Mother Nature gave us a couple of great days, although on the chilly side with a steady breeze and blast-off temps in the mid 40s warming up to the low 70s by weigh-in. Water temps were in the low-mid 60s, although some mid-upper 60s were seen in a couple of cuts. The bass were definitely prowling the shallows in search of last minute forage before hitting the beds hard in a couple of weeks.
Our Day 1 leader was Duke Bevard, bringing a three fish bag weighing 12.05 lbs to the scales, including a 6.00 lb chunk. Following behind him was his non-boater, Tom Robertson with one fish at 5.15 lbs in 2nd. Craig Koefler and non-boater Jim Simons struggled on Saturday, and did not bring fish to the scales.
Day 2 saw a complete reversal of fortunes. Craig weighed in four fish at 6.29 lbs and Jim brought one fish to the scales at 2.48 lbs, while Duke and Tom both blanked. After all fish were weighed, Duke held on to 1st place with a two-day total of 12.05 lbs, and also walked away with big fish at 6.00 lbs. Second went to Craig with 6.29 lbs, followed by Tom in 3rd with 5.15 lbs, and Jim in 4th with 2.48.
Leesville's next tournament will be at Mayo Lake near Roxboro, NC on April 22. Mayo is typically gin clear, and loaded with vegetation. There will probably be fish in all three phases of the spawn, and we're looking forward to another great event.