Thursday, September 20, 2018
Birch Lake Bass Snatcher Tournament Sept.15th Full Report
I think we blasted off by 8:40AM. Alan and I were boat number 1. Alan made the decision that we would run to the farthest west bay in the lake; It's a pad lined slop bay. Al got two quick small bass in the boat; One kept, one short. I missed a bite in the pads and had a pike hook up on the frog over open water where I saw a fish bust. We got into the open area in the bay. I hooked up with a bass near a pad patch that was out in the open on a black/red Terminator Frog. Immediately after I set the hook so did Al so we got a double. My bass was my biggest of the day (2/10) and Al's was just a keeper. I think Al got 2 more keepers in there. We then went across to an adjacent point and didn't get anything. So we headed a little farther East and tried some docks and wood on the north shoreline. I got a pike on a dock. We worked our way out on a point and I got a 2lber there on a green pumpkin Jackhammer. Other than a couple pike that was all we got. Next, we headed to the south end of the western basin and started working the weed flat. I put on a junebug Jackhammer and was quickly rewarded with a small keeper. We went up and worked the pads for a little bit and tried some reeds to the west not getting anything but a few pike. I then suggested we try the channel between the lake. I got a very small keeper out of the reeds on the southeast shoreline. We didn't get anything in the channel.
Next, we headed to where the river goes to Ten Mile Lake. I had a fish hit, hook up, hang me in some cabbage and get off. As I was reeling in I saw a 2lber following my Jackhammer so I killed it and the fish smashed it. I didn't get another bite until we were across the other side of the bay when a 14-incher hit my bone Sprinker Frog in some reeds. That was my last landed bass of the day. We went back to the bay we started in and Al got his biggest bass off the day in the pads. We worked around the southside pads of the little island. I had a couple of fish hit my Terminator Frog, but I didn't hook up. Probably just small bass like Al was catching. Then we tried the south side of the big island and all I could get was pike. And just like that, the day was over.
My fish weighed 10lbs 1oz which put me in 14th Place out of 18 anglers. Al had 2 more ounces than me and finished 13th. Keith Tuma won it 19/3 and had a 4/04 for the tournament "Lunker". Dwight Hammermeister, who was in Tuma's boat, came in 2nd and won the Co-Angler Challenge.
This finish makes me finishing in the club Super 6 highly unlikely, but I'm pretty much guaranteed I will reach my goal of finishing in the Top 10
My mental state wasn't optimal. I hadn't fished since Monday and I was 100% sure we were going to be fishing Leech Lake and had prepared myself for a tough bite there. My head just wasn't in the game like it needed to be. It didn't help that the fish never really clued us in. It didn't help that I didn't have rods and tackle along that would have diversified my fishing options. I think we probably should have tried a few more docks and definitely fished the eastern basin.