Back Bay

by Chris McCotter

James Waters at Bob’s Fishing Hole reports the Bob’s Fishing Hole weekend tournaments will be held Saturdays with hours from safe light to 3pm. Entry fee remains $25/person with a five fish limit. The last Wednesday Night tournament for 2021 will be November 2. The Winter Series will begin on November 5, 8am to 3pm with a 3 fish limit, entry fee $25/person.

The results of Bob’s 2022 Trail Classic and Angler of the Year race are official. The Bob’s Fishing Hole 2-day classic event was held October 8-9. Joey Derezinski and Daniel Brickhouse took first with a total weight of 27.48 lbs. Joey received the AOY award and trophy plus $200 store gift card and split over $2K with Daniel. Sterling Woolridge and Cody Hewitt were second with 26.97 lbs.

Bob’s Fishing Hole is located on Rt. 168 (Chesapeake Expressway) on the way to the Outer Banks. It offers anglers access not only to the great fishing on the Northwest River but also to Back Bay.
North Bay Shore Campground welcomes anglers and has cabins and a bath house for overnight stays.

A canal runs right behind the cabins, so you can keep your boat in the water and you are minutes from Sandbridge.

Back Bay bass will retreat to creeks and rivers like the Northwest, Muddy and Hell Point Creeks. Crappie fishing can also be very good in these creeks on wood cover.

North Landing Beach RV Resort & Cottages is a great place to use as a family basecamp for Back Bay fishing. The resort is first class, has its own ramp and is nearby two others and about 20 minutes from Bob’s Fishing Hole. Book a two bedroom cottage and settle in for a few days of great fishing.

Backwater Adventures Guide David Ward notes November will still offer visiting anglers bass fishing opportunity in waters he fishes like the North River, Kitty Hawk Bay and other northeastern North Carolina rivers.

Ward says water temperatures should be in the mid to lower 60’s and falling into the 50’s this month.

His go-to November baits are crankbaits and jigs. He says to pack your favorite square bills including DT-6’s and Rapala’s Brat in the 3’ and 6’ versions. He reminds anglers it’s not time to put up those Bang-O-Lures yet. Ward says these traditional lures are a great choice to catch a big fish in the afternoon as long as the water temperatures are above 55 degrees.

If you are looking for accommodations and a new place to fish, consider the AJ Outfitters cabin on the Chowan River near Harrellsville, North Carolina. This is a riverside cabin with pier and nearby boat ramp that offers angler the opportunity to fish perhaps the best bass river in NC.

The Chowan is formed at the confluence of the Nottoway and Blackwater at the border with Virginia and flows into the Pamlico Sound to eight feet.

Square bills and DT-6’s will be my favorite. You can never go wrong with baitfish and bluegill patterns or chartreuse and black in stained water. The topwater bite will still be good and some days that bite will last all day!

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