We had 41 angkers come and fish in the first SCKBA live event of the year. This event was the Bluestone Lake Challenge and it proved for most angkers to be just that. It was calm and cool early then got bright and a touch windy later. Harper, Jared, Nahodil, Gunter, Micheal Waid, and Rapp all fished at the Bluestone Conference Center. We saw an eagle up close right at 7:00am, when open fishing began. I started off slow but picked up a nice 18.5” largemouth about 45 minutes I’m off of a PB&J Ned rig in about 6 foot of water. That fish ended up being the big fish of the tournament. The corps of engineers pulled water all day make the bite extremely tough despite 58 to 60 degree water surface temps. The lake flowing in from North Carolina is almost 9 degrees warmer than the lower New river right now. I went on to grind out a limit by catching 10 to 11.5” smallmouth from a couple small pockets. All of which came off the Ned rig. To give you an idea of how tough the bite was today only 3 Anglers our is 41 Fishing had a five fish limit! Those three Anglers finished 1,2,3. We had top knotch sticks like Joe Farley (last years SCKBA Angler of the year) weigh in one fish. We had 20 quality Anglers who zeroed today. I felt like I had a good day to be able to endure enough to pull off a win. This may be the last lake only event SCKBA hosts for awhile. I hate to see Anglers not catch fish on a tournament. We had our kayak raffle and it was won by Danny Noel.
Miles Floated= single access
Total Fish Caught = 9
Biggest Fish = 18.5”
Biggest Five Fish = 62.25”
Minutes per Fish = 35
Order is finish = 1st our of 41
* Since returning from the 2017 KBF NC on Kentucky Lake in March of last year my head to head tournament record has been 1163 wins and 59 losses. This includes 4 tournament wins and 3 second place finishes. I do not think I will ever have a 12 month period of tournament competition this good again, I have been extremely blessed, have really enjoyed the journey, and have made some amazing friends along the way.