Queen City Kayak Bass Fishing put on its 4th event this weekend on Lake Norman. It was the 2nd of event of the point’s race. Weather for the first three events has put a damper on the angler’s spirits, but reports prior to this event were looking up!
Saturday March 21st, 5:00am, I pull out of my driveway to battle dense fog on the hour drive to Lake Norman from South Charlotte. Worrying about the fog at the ramp, I pull in to see maybe 20 foot visibility on the water. Knowing that boats would be all over the lake, I announce a delay until further notice and we begin check in. People start rolling in, car after car, and long story short, QCKBF had 31 anglers come out and fish!! Our biggest turnout so far! We had people from all over the state come out and join us. We had Fisherman from Raleigh, Asheville, Greensboro, and some from South Carolina. It’s really awesome to see a bunch of guys, most who have never met, hanging around the ramp, talking, loading gear, helping carry boats, sharing stories etc etc. It will make you realize that you are doing this for the right reasons, and that you may have something special brewing.
Pre-fishing had been great on the lake. I had personally caught some good fish. My wife landed two spotted bass over 16.5 inches the week before. My best friend landed a 5lb spot. Had other reports of 30+ fish being caught in 2 hours. I was excited to have an event that people would have fun and catch a ton of fish at! And then tourney day hits. The fog, the 38 degree start, the cloud cover for 3 hours, the bad moon phase. Tough bite to say the least.
Launch was expected to be 7:30am, but with fog we delayed until closer to 7:50. “Weigh in” was 4pm on the lot, and I had put a free entry out for someone, if every angler caught a limit. Covering water around the lake all day, it’s the usual “hey you catching em”? A lot of people were struggling. Water temps started out around 50 degrees, and maxed out about 57. Water clarity was about 3-5 feet. Wind was light, but picked up hard from about 1-2pm.
Results were very mixed, with some people catching 20 fish, and some getting skunked. The bite seemed to be very specific. Bama Rig, and Shadow Rap Jerk Baits played a major part of the people who cashed. With 31 anglers paying to fish, QCKBF was paying out 5 spots.
10/31 caught zero fish. Another 10/31 only caught one fish. Only 6 people caught their four fish limit
1st Place was Vinny F. 4 fish for 65.25 inches, with Big Bass of 20.25 inches. Vinny took home $783 which included added sponsor money. 2nd Place went to Kevin W. with 4 fish for 65inches. $286 3rd place went to Patrick H with 62.25. $191 4th place went to Cody M with 56.75. $100 5th place went to Buster S with 56.5. $60
Not bad payouts for a $45 entry fee.
Our sponsors provide prizes for each event, and opportunities to win money at each event. TJ was lucky enough to win a Bending Branches Paddle. Joe P took home a VisiCarbon Pro light from YakAttack. Jeremy W took home a YakAttack Trak for his kayak. Wayne B took home a True South Custom Lure Package. Vinny won $100 added cash from Chillybeat Apparel for winning the event with a Chillybeat sticker on his Kayak. He also won $50 added cash for winning Big Bass and 1st place in a kayak that he purchased from Hunt Fish Paddle in Lake Wylie Sc. BerleyPro is also a sponsor and has given a Carbon Light Stick to the overall winner of the trail. Id like to give a big shout out to our sponsors. The trail wouldn’t be what it is without you guys. A huge shout out to my partners, Mary and Phil. 22minutes for a 31 person check in was awesome. Couldn’t do it alone guys. I would also like to thank all of the fisherman who came out. Without people willing to wake up at 5am, and pay to fish, no trail would exist.
QCKBF’s tournament info can be found on Face Book. Queen City Kayak Bass Fishing. Our next event will be May 16th on Mountain Island Lake NC.