In my last article, the price of gas was steadily rising leaving me to wonder if this is a fishing economy?
My neighbors and I figure we love to fish competitively and for money. We are all from Lake Wylie and live right on the lake, so we decided to join forces and hold a bi-weekly tournament right off the docks from our private communitys marina. We had a few neighbors watching the competition who want to join the trail for the next event.
The tournament rules were simple: five fish weigh in from 6 to 9 p.m. with a 14-inch size minimum along with a side pot for big fish.
Eddy Morgan had the first fish at 6:30 p.m. I hit a dink at 7 p.m., then a catfish weighing 4 pounds at 7:30 p.m. Still Morgan was in the lead with a 1lb., 13oz. keeper.
Jerry Hayden hit two dinks in a row, then it was quiet until 8:30 p.m. The water splashed and I hit a 2-pound largemouth bass, and the pressure was on.
Edwin Morgan landed a good keeper about 8:45 p.m., then the nail was put in the coffin. I landed another keeper at 3 pounds and lost it right at 8:56 p.m.
This was my first victory.
It felt like I had just won the biggest tournament in my life. I look forward to Wednesday, June 1, when we compete again on our home lake, proving if you have a will, you will have a way.
Maliek Carrington, known as Mr. Maliek, of Steele Creek started Fishing4Reel about six years ago to expose children to fishing by taking them on freshwater and saltwater fishing trips. He is tournament director of F4ROutdoors.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dock Master May 18 results
1. Mr. Maliek, 3.8 lbs.
2. Edwin Morgan, 1.15lbs.
3. Eddy Morgan, 1.13lbs.
4. Jerry Hayden, no weight