Lake Gaston hosted Leesville BASSMaster's 8th tournament of 2019, launching from the Steel Bridge ramp at the far western end of the lake. The temp was 65 at blast-off, rising to an unseasonably cool 73 degrees by weigh-in with solid clouds, scattered, intermittent light rain, and a steady, sometimes gusty north-northeast wind. The day's conditions kept most pleasure boats and jet skis off the water for the majority of the day, which was a pleasant change for a typical August day on Gaston. Water temps ranged from 78 to 82 degrees.
All but one of our anglers brought fish to the scales today. After all fish were weighed, Leesville rookie Gray Williams chalked up a strong first win with a five fish limit of 13.89# after being the runner-up in the previous two tournaments. Second place went to Mark Cannon (5 fish, 9.22#) who also took big fish honors with a 5.02# chunk, and just squeaked past Mike Heitzman (5 fish, 9.21#) in third place by one-hundredth of a pound!
Our next stop takes us to grassy, gin-clear Mayo Lake on September 21. We're expecting the bass will be following the shad as the cooling water temps draw them toward the backs of the creeks and cuts. Mayo should provide the perfect backdrop to our first tournament of the fall, and we're looking forward to some full sacks of bass.