Platte/Sullivan: For only the second time since I have been a Snatcher we will be fishing my home lakes. Last time was back in 2011. Platte/Sullivan has a history of giving me the finger on Tournament day. It seems like things almost always go wrong for me out there on tournament day, especially equipment issues. I broke off a big fish on a hook set and also broke a rod at the 2011 tournament. I also caught a 17.25" fish that day that only weighed 2/10 on that day. Hopefully this will be the year when things line up for me out there. Thanks to the catch and release season I should be very dialed into the fish. I am just so stoked to be out fishing the lakes again in the Trophy after not doing that the last few years until last Fall. I can see me being out there every day I am allowed to pre-fish; I've got two lakes to rediscover. Hopefully the wind will die down tournament day and a topwater bite will be on.
Zebulon Pike Reservoir Mississippi River: This will be the first time the club fishes this stretch of the mighty miss. I've never been on this section of the river myself either. I believe this part of the river is dominated by smallmouth. I know some river smallmouth tricks. Hopefully I'll draw someone who will take me pre-fishing. Who knows maybe I'll get up the gumption If the fish are going on topwater I could be a contender.
North Long: This will be the 3rd time the club fishes this lake since I joined the club. I wasn't able to fish it in 2012 due to back issues. Pretty much every boater in the club knows this lake and Gull well. Hopefully getting a limit here won't be difficult.
Gull Lake: Ditto for what I wrote about North Long. This will be my 2nd Snatcher tournament on the lake and my 3rd over all.
Thunder Lake: Won't make this one due to a family conflict.
Little Boy/Wabedo: This will be the 2nd time the club visits these lakes since I've been in the club. We fished it at the same time of year the last tournament and I did well. The lakes set up a lot like Platte/Sullivan and because smallies are no longer eligible to be weighed I expect frogs and toads to be a big part of my game plan. I'll be looking for big fish in this one.
Other than missing Thunder, which is a lake the club has never fished a tournament on before, I'm pleased with this years slate of venues.