|2nd From Last, 2nd Place, 1st Place|
|Dave Smith 4lb 8oz Lunker|
Conditions: 76-58 degrees, Light to M NW wind, Mostly Sunny to Mostly Cloudy, Water visibility about 5'
I was due for a good tournament finish.
We made the long run down to Sherry Arm and started on a large sunken Island with some cabbage where Bill had gotten a nice smallie in pre-fish. Nothing was home except a small rock bass that I got on a craw tube. We then moved to a wind blown point. I pulled two pike on a chart/white Strike King Spinnerbait and Bill got the first keeper of the day, a small largemouth. I had a good sized smallmouth head butt the spinnerbait right in front of me. Why couldn't the fish bite it instead?
About an hour and a half in we went to the slop in the South end of Sherry Arm. Bill got a couple more small largemouth. We then worked the W shoreline and I got a 13.5" largemouth on Sweet Revenge Mad Maxx. It showed itself and I got it on the second cast. A little farther down I got a 13.75" out of some bulrushes on a craw tube.
We went to another point and Bill got another small keeper largemouth. We went back to the point where I saw the smallie. I had a couple dink bass grab the spinnerbait and get off. Bill caught a 3-15 smallie on a jig. That made his day. We went back to the sunken island and didn't get anything. With about two hours left to go we headed back towards Tioga.
I got a 14" in some reeds with rice on the craw tube. We went into Poole Bay. I lost a tungsten sinker to a snag in the reeds because I didn't retie my line which had been getting frayed. Was not to happy about that. We then moved across to the West side of the bay to some lily pads that Bill hadn't pre-fished. I had fish miss the Horny Toad and Bill missed what sounded like a good fish just outside of the pads on his frog. Then his trolling motor caught a bunch of braided line with a spinnerbait attached, so we lost use of the trolling motor for the final hour.
We moved into Tioga Bay and drifted with the wind along some reeds. I had a good fish hit the Horny Toad but it swam right at me and I couldn't keep up and it got off. Don't know what it was because I never saw it. I had some dink bass hit the Horny Toad and had a couple good strikes not hook up. Bill got a small cull and the day was over.
My three fish weighed 4lbs 13ozs which put in 13th Place out of 14 anglers. Bill's fish went 11-7 and put him in 10th Place. 1st Place went to Tim Benson with 17lbs 8ozs and Dave Smith had the 4-8 Lunker.
I thought for sure I was getting last place in this one, but Art saved me from that fate. We just weren't on anything as Bill having the smallest limit of the tournament with a 3-15 kicker proves. I should have thrown the jerk shad some, but was to lazy to switch the spinnerbait for a speed clip. That smallmouth bumping the spinnerbait and not eating it got in my head a little bit. They usually crush it and are hooked up solid.
Next Tournament Rabbit Lake in two weeks.