NEW HILL — Trucks and boat trailers packed the ramp area like, well, a limit of lunkers in a weigh-in bag, and anglers tossed back make-or-break numbers of slot-limit fish.
But thoughts of inconveniences gave way to admiration and congratulations when the winning duo weighed in more than 27 pounds and the day’s lucky angler put an 11.09-pound big fish on the scale at the Fishers of Men N.C. Central Division team bass tournament Saturday at the Holleman’s Crossing access on Shearon Harris Lake.
David Farman of Semora, near Roxboro, hooked the big largemouth, which gently took a Senko worm in about three feet of water.
“Every bite we had today, the line would just walk off,” Farman said.
“I caught that fish at 12:22, and we kept fishing hoping to get more to go with it,” said Farman, who with Jeff Killian of Virgilina, Va., caught enough fish to finish third with 22.29 pounds.
The state record was caught in a Union County pond in 1991 and weighed 15 pounds, 4 ounces.
The High Point duo of Calvin McCaskill and Derek Crombley caught a five-fish limit weighing 27.66 pounds, including a 6.47-pounder, for first place and $1,695.
Farman’s son, Allen, teamed with David Moreau to catch 25.80 pounds and finish second.
The winning team fished ChatterBaits and chartreuse worms in five to six feet of water, McCaskill said. They tossed back about 15 slot-sized fish, Crumbley said.
The slot limit, requiring immediate release of largemouths measuring 16 to 20 inches at the lake, proved tough, and just eight of the 44 teams weighed limits.
Raleigh’s Charlie Schmidt had a chance to fish with son Chase, also of Raleigh, and enjoyed a beautiful day with many bites, except …
“We caught a lot of fish that were right in there at 17, 18, 19 (inches),” Charlie Schmidt said.
Their big fish topped 20 inches and weighed 6.34 for a three-fish total of 8.55 and 16th place.
The slot limit is intended to help produce the big fish the lake is known for. Still, the biggest fish stood out.
“There was better fishing than I thought it was going to be,” organizer Ron Duffy of Durham said. “When you catch an 11-pounder around here, you have done something.”
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