The Chowan River has become my favorite place in the state to bass fish… and for obvious reasons. The Chowan River is diverse and provides a multitude of different ways to catch bass. And not just any ol bass, I’m talking giant bass weighing up to 10 pounds.
I’ve often referred to the Chowan River as a hidden gem in North Carolina. It really doesn’t get as much exposure as some other fisheries in the state, but by looking at tournament weights it’s obvious it can compete with any other fishery in the state in terms of both quality of bass and quantity.
Chowan River Bass Bash
On June 2 I participated in the Chowan River Bass Bash and took home a 1st place check for $2000! I was in a team tournament and a good friend of mine, Lee Jones played a crucial role in our success in winning.
After not having a keeper fish in the boat until 8:30 am, we figured out a pattern around 10 am and duplicated it up and down the river for the rest of the day. We landed a 3.5lb fish, and two 5lbers that help secure our victory. Our total weight was 17.00 lbs which beat the second place anglers by nearly 3lbs.
With $2000 in winnings, this was by far the most money I’ve ever earned in a single tournament. And while I’ve never fished a tournament for the purpose of winning money, it was very nice to see all my hard work and effort finally pay off.
Confidence Moving Forward
Winning a tournament gives an angler a tremendous amount of confidence and in tournament bass fishing confidence plays an important role in an anglers success. With some big time FLW and BASS tournaments coming up, I’ll hopefully use this recent success on the Chowan to help me continue my pursuit to become one of the best anglers in the state.