|My Boater Guy came in 3rd Place and sealed Club Mr. Bass/AOY Honors|
The Day: We headed up to the North end of the eastern most bay. It's a slop area where we got bites in pre-fish. Guy was punching and I was throwing a frog and toad. Guy missed one or two hits, before we left after about trying for half an hour. We went to the southern end of the same bay where there is some slop and reeds. I broke off my Horny Toad when I got hung up on a reed. I think guy got his first bass and a pike out on the weedline. I got a pike on a Craw Fatty just before we left to fish some docks.
Guy got one out of a dock and I missed one. Next we went to a weed hump up in the area by where we started. I think Guy got a bass and I got a 16" and a 15.75" on the Craw Fatty. Next we went back to where we started and Guy caught a good one immediately punching. I think he ended up getting his limit and culling once before we left. We went back to the spot where I broke off the Horny Toad and I spotted it, so I got it back. We tried a bunch of spots and didn't get anything but break offs. We ended up going back to the area with the reeds where I caught my pike and I got another one, could have been the same fish. Then we went back up to where we started with about an hour and a half left. Guy got a cull and I got a 13" on the Horny Toad. I think getting that fish in amped me up a little to much an I sailed my next cast onto a beaver dam where I got hung up and had to break off. We tried some other spots, I did had one hit on the Horny Toad in some pads but it didn't hook up and then the day was done.
Results: My 3 bass weighed 5lbs 6oz, which garnered me 11th Place out of a field of 14. First Place went to Bill Ludenia with 15-10 and Lunker was caught by Chuck Johansen with a 4-10 fish. Guy's 3rd Place limit went 13-7, just an ounce shy of Johansen. It was a tough day with only 6 guys getting a limit. Well at least I beat my 3 fish limit I got here in 2009, which was 4-2. If we never fish Cedar Lake again, I'll be fine with that.
My Thoughts on the 2015 season: I didn't get my revenge on any lake, but Farm Island. It was the second time I missed two tournaments in a year; The other time was in 2012 with back issues. Missing the tournament at Woman Lake really sucked. Missing what would have been a hot, humid, and miserable day on Rush Lake not so much. It was my worst year for number of fish weighed (16), weight (28.31lbs), and points accumulated (101), which was down 9 places from 2012. However, I finished 16th out of 41 guys in the Club this year, which was better than 2012 when I finished in 18th Place.
It was a tough year for fishing in the Club as a whole. For the first time since I've been in the Club we didn't have a single Snatcher go 6 for 36 getting a limit in each tournament. In the final four tournaments of the year Woman, Rush, Mission, and Cedar more than half the field failed to come in with a limit. Hopefully the poor fishing in the last two thirds of the season is a fluke of the lakes chosen and days fished and not a trend. Participation was down with Cedar Lake being the smallest field I've fished against.