Saturday, July 14, 2012
Bass Snatchers Leech Lake June 30th
Well due to my sore back I'm getting to this a bit late, but better late than never.
We launched out of Horseshoe Bay around 7:45AM. And we were fishing 5 minutes later down in Uram Bay. First cast I landed a 17.75" on a white Zoom Horny Toad out of the reeds. I thought great, I'm screwed. Getting a fish on the first cast has been bad luck for me in the past. About 20 minutes later my boater Darren landed a 5lb 50z fish that was big bass for the tournament. Unfortunately he was 3ozs short of our club's buy in running big bass pot. Darren missed a couple of bites and had a pike steal his Spro he got the fish on. We worked around the bay for a couple of hours. As we were working our way out I spotted a fish hit something in some shallow reeds. We moved that way. I put a cast in the area with a Mad Maxx Big Sexy Frog and got smacked by a 15.75". Darren ended up missing one more bite, then we headed for Sucker Bay, which took about 25 minutes to get to.
It clouded up by the time we got up there. We started in some Rice on the West side of the bay. I think Darren got 1 in the rice, then he broke off his other Spro Frog. We got up by some docks and Darren got a fish on the crawtube, and I jumped off a good fish on a Spro. On the backside of the same dock, I hooked an 18", which was my big bass. I think Darren got a couple more among the weeds on the docks.
Next we went to some Reeds and Darren and I doubled up on crawtubes. My fish was 14.25". I next got a 15.75" on the crawtube. I filled out my limit with a 13" on a white Horny Toad. Next I stuck a nice pike in the reeds. I missed another hit. Darren was catching and missing fish occasionally. We got to some undercut banks and I got a 14.5" on the crawtube. I missed one more hit on the undercut banks before we got into rice again. We moved across to the East shore and I missed a couple on frogs, before I finally caught my last fish, a 16.25" on a Mad Maxx "Big Sexy" after the sun came back out. Darren got the last keeper.
My 6 fish went for 16/11, which is my best Snatcher weight ever, but was only good enough for 21st Place. The weights were crazy. Darren got 5th with 19/7. Four bags we over 20lbs and Art caught the new Snatchers biggest bag at 22/10 and his boater Todd Berghuis caught 21/14. An 18/7 bag was 12th place. We blew away the club's record average bag by over 3lbs at 16.7lbs. Blew away clubs record total weight in a tournament by 127lbs.
Overall it was a fun day and I can't complain to much Darren had us around good fish.