|Posted by Nathan Raycroft on April 30, 2011 at 7:25 PM|
I’m a little late in posting my pictures of the NCKFA Battle in the ‘Boro Event, but only due to traveling so much lately. This Tournament takes place annually and to help support the Heroes on the Water foundation.
I arrived at this year’s event with a brand new Native Watercraft Mariner 12.5 Propel, in camo! I stayed up late the night before the Tournament with my Dad as we rigged the kayak, as much as possible, in preparation for T-Day. I didn’t get to fully rig the fish finder onto the kayak, but will be completing that task this weekend. (NOTE: If anyone is interested in the fish finder station shown in the attached (no box, FF, transducer) please let me know).
I launched at McIntosh on the Alamance side, and hit my usual coves and banks. By 8:00 a.m., I picked up my first fish, this nice 16” bass on a Texas-rigged Strike King blue and green craw dad. In just two casts later, I picked up a 14” bass and since he was smaller, I didn’t bother taking a picture but moved on up the bank.
I was standing almost the whole time, and would just reach down and push the pedals forward/backward as need be. I came into one cove and saw a nice sized bass swimming in and out of the deep and up onto a bed that she was obviously fond of. I pitched (4) different lures at her for about 20 minutes, and with no success, moved on again.
I hit another cove with a tree that had branches that literally provided a canopy over the water about 10’ to 15’ off the bank, but no more than 4’ to 5’ off the water. I crouched down and looked deep up against the bank and saw another large bass swimming in circles. I pitched the same craw dad into zone, and nothing. I then presented a weightless, turtle back worm (in green color) into the zone and let it flutter to the bottom. She looked at it, and after a quick twitch upward, the lure started to flutter in its fall again and she inhaled it! This 19” beauty was the reward.
I poled about 20’ up the bank to a fallen tree deep in the water and about 20’ off the bank to the tips of its branches, pitched in the craw dad and before it hit bottom, the line drew tight and was pulling back into the trees branches. I set the hook and would have sworn it was a fish that was “longer” than the 19” fish I just pulled in. Of course I wasn’t disappointed to find this fat beauty, even though she was just 18-1/2”.
It was another great Tournament, and another great success for Heroes on the Water. Thanks for reading and enjoy the pictures.
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