|A Top 5 Finish for Swannie and I.|
Conditions: 58-68℉, Mostly Cloudy, Windy NW
We ended up starting right before 8AM, thanks to a Snatcher who never showed up. The wind was blowing on our starting spot pretty good and there were a lot of trees so I didn't start with the Plopper like I planed. Instead I think I opted for the buzzbait and spinnerbait. I got my first hit on the spinnerbait but it was a pike. I then got a rock bass and then another pike. About an hour in we went back and started over just a little before where we started the first time. I went to the dreaded Texas Rig. Within the first 10 minutes and before we reached our starting spot Swannie landed the first keeper of the day. I ended up getting the Chigger Craw bit off by a pike. I never did attempt to throw the Texas rig again. Swannie ended up having to break off his swim jig. We were just about to move when I got a 15" smallie on the spinnerbait. About 5 minutes later I overshot my cast and had to break the spinnerbait off.
We ended up moving to our second area and not getting a hit there.
Off the spot #3, a shallow flat with rocks, around 11AM. Swannie was surprized the only boat fishing there was Tim Benson who I think was 1 fish short of a limit at that time. Swannie put on a lipless crank and caught 3 quick smallies, 2 keepers and 1 dink that had to go back. He also caught a walleye around the same spot he got one in pre-fish. I tried to make topwater work, but the fish weren't having it. Swannie caught another keeper. I had seen enough and switched to a red craw 1/2oz Berkley Frenzy lipless that I have had success with in the past in rivers. I caught a 13 incher. I think Swannie then caught a catfish and Tim lost a big smallie. I got my big fish of the day, a 17 incher.
Shortly after getting that fish I cast out the Frenzy and the line broke at the spool. Just great. All I had left was a 1/4oz red craw Frenzy lipless. I put a cast up by shore and got a 13.25" smallie. Swannie got his fifth keeper then lost a good one on a swim jig. I had a good smallie on, it would have been my second biggest of the day, and fought it to the boat. I thought I was going to get it in the net and horsed it a bit to much and it came off. Totally my mistake. Losing that fish cost me 3rd Place.
With about 2 hours left we headed back down river. I got my fifth fish, a 13.5", out of our our starting area where the wind was just pounding with about 40 minutes left in the day. Eventually we opted to move to the western shore to get out of the wind. I had the spinnerbait get hit by a couple of small fish, but didn't have another shot at #6.
Results: My 5 fished weighed 7 and a half pounds, with a 2/04 big fish, which put me in 4th Place. As you can see I beat Swannie by an ounce. Tim Benson kicked everyone's butt getting 1st with 14/06 and the 3/11 Lunker. Fishing was tough with only two limits weighed in. Ouch!
Thoughts: I didn't know we were going to fish that shallow flat as we barely went on to it during pre-fish. I only had the two lipless cranks with me. I wish I had more of them and some square bills as well. Both Swannie and I should of had our limits. Swannie was a great draw. Neither of us had a clue fishing was going to be so tough. A lost fish and one poor cast cost me.
Next Tournament: North Long on July 15th.