André Powell, who has coached running backs for the University of North Carolina, Clemson University and now the University of Maryland, spends most of his free time away from the gridiron on the deck of his bass boat.
The sun was just peaking over the hills on the east side of Lake Wylie as Powell pulled into the parking lot at the Buster Boyd Access Area to launch for a day of bass fishing with his partner, Brian Porter a regular occurrence for the two.
Wylie, which was impounded in 1904 and covers 12,455 surface acres, is one of 11 impoundments on Duke Energys Catawba-Wateree river system. Wedged between North Carolina and South Carolina southwest of Charlotte, it is among the finest urban bass-fishing lakes in the country. Because of the dense population around the lake, piers and docks constitute prime bass habitat, and March is a month when prespawn fishing for hungry largemouths really puts those pieces of structure into the equation.