|What I caught My 3 Fish On (2 Bass, 1 Pike)|
My second mistake was not calling to check if my boater pre-fished, which he did end up doing. I didn't bring my dock skipping rod because I didn't know we would be fishing docks. Oh well.
Conditions: Post cold front, cool in the morning getting to about 70 degrees, Sunny, light winds for the first 3 hours then getting to be about 10-15mph in the afternoon out of the WSW, about a foot of visibility maybe less.
The Day: We started in the Lower Lake in some maidencaine. Bill missed a bite on a spinnerbait. We spent maybe half an hour, than moved up the lake to try some docks. Bill got a squeaker out of some sparce reeds. And I got a 11.75" of a dock on the Craw Fatty.
Next we moved to the Upper Lake. We fished outside of some reeds, then went in to try some docks. I got my only keeper on the Horny Toad. I then missed a fish on the HT and Bill also missed a fish on the same dock.
Next we moved to a weedline spot outside of the reeds. Bill picked up three decent one's on this spot on a Senko. The last of which he got when Chuck Steinbauer was close by, which gave Bill quite a thrill. The wind came up while we were on this spot.
Next we went to the NE corner of the lake and got nothing, then we went to the reed point by the Upper Lake Access and Bill got an OK fish on the Senko. I switched to a Grass Pig Jr on a Texas Rig. I should have put it on a mushroom head jig instead as I got a couple of bites but didn't get hook into them at this spot or at the place Bill got the 3 fish.
Next we went to a spot outside of a reed point on the NW shore. I got my pike there. Then we moved in to fish docks. I missed a bite that took the Horny Toad when I let it sink at the back of a pontoon and another fish that hit the HT as I brought it out of a thick patch of reeds that was out from a dock.
I think Bill got a hammer-handle off an under water point. With about an hour and a half left we went back to the Lower Lake and retraced our steps back to the docks then maidencaine. Bill pulled his biggest bass there on a Yabbie. I missed a hit on the Craw Fatty, but the line was frayed a bit so it was probably a pike. We then went over by the access where Bill got a small pike on a swim jig with a swimbait.
Results: My fish weighed 1lbs 8oz, which kept me out of last place by an ounce. I finished 19th out of 20. Bills fish weighed 12-13 and put him in 7th Place. 1st Place went to Chuck Johansen with 17-15 after a 2oz dead fish penalty. Lunker went to Darren Kiefer with a 4lb 6oz fish. He was fishing with Johansen.
My Thoughts: I just wanted to go out and catch a bunch of fish. What a disappointment!
I didn't get a bite on a chatter jigs, Chigger Craws, Red Eye Shad, buzzbait, or a Vixen.