Participants in the 37th Annual Dogwood Bass Tournament, scheduled Saturday on Lake Norman, likely will find excellent action.
During the past few days anglers at Norman have scored well on a mix of largemouth and spotted bass. The fish, preparing to spawn, mostly are being found in the backs of coves, striking small crankbaits, jerkbaits, floating artificial worms and flukes cast to the shoreline.
The Dogwood Tournament, sponsored by the Lake Norman Shrine Club, benefits the Shriners’ Childrens Hospitals. The popular event is based at Queen’s Landing, located on Highway 150 west of Mooresville.
Registration is scheduled Friday at the marina from noon-7 p.m. The entry fee is $100 per two-person team and there is competition in several categories, including husband-wife and parent-child.
The overall winners earn $2,500 (based on 100 teams entering). Saturday’s fishing hours are 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
▪ For the second straight year a two-student team from the University of South Carolina has won the FLW College Bass Fishing National Championship tournament. Hampton Anderson and Chris Blanchette scored at Lake Keowee last weekend with a three-day catch totaling 38 pounds, 15 ounces. They enticed the bass to strike mainly weightless Senko lures cast to shallow water. The 2015 Gamecock winning duo was Patrick Walters and Gettys Brannon.
▪ College student Mitchell McConnell of Ft. Mill, S.C., has claimed the N.C. record for brown bullhead catfish with a catch weighing 4 pounds. McConnell, using cut bait, reeled in the new listing while fishing at Greenfield Lake in Wilmington, where he attends Cape Fear Community College. He beat the previous record by 4 ounces. Gregory Dale Hughes had held the brown bullhead mark for 19 years. McConnell is an accomplished fisherman, having caught a wide range of species from bream to blue marlin.
▪ Fourteen additional volunteer boater/guides are needed to participate in a Lake Norman event for wounded warriors and disabled veterans. Operation North State’s Top Shelf Fishing Festival is scheduled April 14, based at the Pinnacle Access Area on Highway 150 west of Mooresville. Approximately 75 personnel from the armed forces have registered to go fishing. “Ideally, we want to have just one service person per boat,” Terry Snyder, the organization’s founder and director, said Wednesday. Information: 336-764-5967 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Catches of the week
▪ A 50-inch red drum in the surf at Ocracoke Island by teenager Christopher Garrett of Charlotte. His mom, Betsy, caught a red measuring 44 inches.
▪ A 31-inch red drum in the surf at Ocracoke Island by Spring Roseman of Salisbury. She was fishing at the north end of the island.
▪ A 48-inch red drum in the Ocracoke Island surf by Robert Greer of Greensboro.
▪ A 52-pound wahoo off Hatteras Village by Larry Shields of Carthage while trolling from the Good Times.
▪ A 28-pound blackfin tuna off Hatteras Village by Clayton Toner of Salisbury while trolling from the Carolina Girl.
▪ A 10-pound striped bass at Lake Norman by Floridian Ryan Gosso while fishing with guide Craig Price.
▪ A mix of five hybrids, two stripers and eight largemouth in the riverine stretch of Lake Norman by Sam Newman of Mooresville and Dan Tedder of Troutman.
▪ A 59-pound wahoo off Georgetown, S.C., by L.R. Spencer while trolling from the Big Kahuna.
▪ A 29-pound red drum in Winyah Bay near Georgetown by Rick Wrazin of Buffalo, N.Y., while fishing with guide Glenn Wilson.
▪ Mixed limits of smallmouth and spotted bass on successive days at Fontana Lake by Harold Johnson of Stecoah while casting a jerkbait.