|Photo credit: SarahJean Fishing Bay Lake 6/2/18|
Conditions: 47-64℉, Cloudy with fog for several hours, light and heavy rain after the first couple of hours, Windy ESE.
The guys weren't in a big rush to launch the boats on this blustery foggy morning. I think we blasted off a minute or two after 7AM. Chuck took me to his starting spot where a couple of loons were milling around. Chuck got a couple of small keepers in the boat and a pike or two and a rock bass. I think I got a pike and missed a couple of bites. After fishing the area for around half an hour or so we moved on. Chuck got a little turned around in the fog for a second, but quickly got back on track.
We next went to a large weed flat where Tuma and Sarah were fishing. Chuck said they were on the juice. I got a couple of pike to start things off on the Pure Poison and Chuck landed a couple of small keepers and a pike or two. It was pretty clear to me at this point that the bass were not in a chasing mood, so I went to the craw tube. It wasn't that long and I had my first keeper in the boat, a solid 2.18lb fish. I quickly followed that up with a 1.71lb bass. Then it was a pike fest for a while and Chuck filled out his limit with little keepers. Tuma left. I noticed a fish swirl on the surface. I picked up a white Pure Poison/RaZor Shad and got a 1.14lb keeper on it. We got a few more pike and it started to rain.
We headed South to try some docks. Chuck got a rock bass. We headed back North. I got pike on three consecutive casts on the Pure Poison/Craw Fatty. I also got 1.21lb and .88lb squeaker along with a few more pike. We fished along Malkerson Island and got some more pike and a rock bass or two. We went back to the large weed flat where Bailey/Herman were now fishing. I think Chuck got a couple of bass that didn't help and I got a few pike and missed some bites. I also had a pike bite off my Texas Rig, so I downsized to 3/16oz sinker from 3/8th.
It started to rain harder just as we headed South and West. We were fishing an offshore point. Chuck and I both quickly got a small keeper. Chuck invited me up to the front deck to fish next to him. I had a fish pick up my Texas rig, but when I set the hook the fish had dropped it and the rig flew out of the water with the sinker nailing Chuck right in the eye. I saw the whole thing as it happened, quite scary. Chuck was in quite a bit of pain for a couple of minutes, but then he recovered fairly quickly after that. I was a gun shy for a little while after that and missed some bites due to a poor hook-set because of it.
We moved back into the central part of the lake and I got some pike on a Whopper Plopper and Chuck got a small bass off of a dock. We then went back up to the Northern part of the lake to try the starting spot getting nothing, Chuck asked me if I had any ideas and I did, which paid off in me getting 2.50lber, my biggest of the day during the heaviest downpour.
We went back to work the large weed flat again. I missed several fish as they bit on the upswing of my jigging motion. Also caught a few more pike.
We tried a spot over by Chuck's starting spot and I got a very minor cull along with a rock bass and a pike or two. We tried his starting spot one last time and then the day was done. It quit raining during the last hour or so.
My Fish weighted 10lbs 1ozs, which put me in 14th Place out of 28 anglers. I jumped 2 places due to some anglers getting to the weigh-in a bit late. Chuck had 9/14 and finished right behind me in 15th. Jim Smith won with 13/10 and Dave Branum caught a 5/01 hawg for "Lunker".
Thoughts: Both Chuck and I just didn't put enough two-pound fish in the boat. One more 2lber would have jumped me into the top 10 and another one probably Top 6.