Last Saturday 16 members of the Potato Creek Bassmasters fished our club classic at Lake Wedowee. To qualify for the classic, a member must either finish in the top 8 in point standings for the previous year or fish at least eight tournaments of the 12 the club holds.
After nine hours and 15 minutes of casting, we brought 64 keeper fish weighing about 98 pounds to the scales. Catching keepers at Wedowee is complicated. All largemouth from 13 to 16 inches long must be released immediately so can not be weighed in. Spots over 12 inches long are legal. We had two illegal largemouth brough to the scales. They were thrown out and a three-pound penalty assessed for each illegal fish. That hurts!
There were ten five-fish limits weighed in and two people did not have a limit. Most folks had a mixture of spots and largemouth in their catch. All fish weighed in were released alive, as required in club rules. Fish not released alive draw a penalty, too, so it pays to take care of your fish.
Mitch Cardell had a great catch of five bass weighing 13.22 pounds for first and a 5.66 pound largemouth for big fish. Drew Naramore came in second with five weighing 9.67 pounds, Raymond English was third with five at 9.46 pounds, Donnie Willis placed fourth with five weighing 9.33 pounds and Evan Skipper was fifth with five at 8.96 pounds.
I went over on Wednesday and camped at Gold Mine Camp about 15 minutes from the lake. Gold Mine Camp is an interesting place, you can actually pan for gold and gems there. The campsites are rustic but there is a bathroom and shower available, a requirement for me. The lake was off limits for us until Thursday.
I had probably the most frustrating three days fishing in my life. Thursday I thought I had found a pattern and caught some nice largemouth and spots, but Friday I got only one bite all day.
In the tournament I did not get a bite until 11:00, then caught five small spotted bass weighing just over 5 pounds in the next two hours. After that I did not get another bite.
I guess I should be thankful. The tornado that did so much damage in Newnan started just a few miles from where I was camped in my slide in pick up camper!