|17.33" Craw Tube Grn pumpkin/brown|
Conditons: 65-59 degrees, Cloudy to mostly cloudy, Windy to very windy N, Light to heavy rain
Pre-tournament thoughts: Rabbit Lake has always given me fish and my boater Dennis' confidence had me pretty confident I would get a limit. Turned out getting there was more difficult than we thought.
The last two boats waited until 7:30 to put in, which annoyed Dennis and me as well. Conditions were perfect and we easily could have been fishing by 7:30, but as it was we blasted off at about 7:45. We went straight to one of Guy's spots with Dwight right behind us. We fished it for about 20 minutes and didn't get anything. Dwight caught a nice one, but we didn't see it.
Next we went to a spot that was protected from the wind where Dennis got some good fish pre-fishing. I put on the small Plopper and immediately had a 11.75" bass on. I think Dennis first fish was a pike. He then got a couple small keepers. I had a couple fish not get the Plopper, unfortunately all I have is the one color.
Next we headed to the wood and Dennis got a little better keeper, but that was it. We got to the spot where I got my best fish in pre-fish and I got an even bigger one (17.66) on a Lake Fork Craw Tube. Unfortunately that was all we got. We followed the road out and I got a 15.33" by where I got one in pre-fish. I also got a pike on the Craw Tube as well and Dennis got a walleye.
I think we then went to the island and didn't get anything there. We went back to our starting spot and Dennis got a quality fish that came off just as I got the net under it. Dennis was quite thankful. We spent quite a while there and Dennis got one more keeper. I just couldn't buy a bite there except a pike that bit me off.
We left to go to the numbers spot. Dennis forgot to put the trolling motor up and we got drenched. We had a good laugh. I missed a hit right away on the Craw tube and Dennis had a fish on pretty quickly as well. I think it might have been a pike. Dennis got a keeper and then he got his big fish. I got bit off. I started throwing a white spinnerbait and got a pike. Then I got a 14" and 12.75" pretty quickly as we worked back over the area. I think Dennis got a couple more keepers and missed some bites as well getting a nice walleye.
We went back to the island and I got a big dogfish. It put up a great fight. Unfortunately my attempt at a selfie with it failed.
We headed back to where Dennis got his big fish. I got a nice pike on the black blue Piranha and I got a dink on the jerk shad that was only a couple inches longer than the bait. We got up by the pads and I got 15.5" on the white spinnerbait; the fish really thumped it. I got my limit with about 2 hours left
We went back to our starting spot and I discovered I didn't have enough line to fish on the craw tube rod. We didn't get anything. We went back and tried to expand on our numbers spot, but came up empty. We finished expanding on our second spot. Dennis had a fish that would have culled get off just before I could reach it. My last hit didn't get the spinnerbait and the day was over.
My limit weighed 11lbs 4ozs and put me in 12th Place out of a field of 16. Dennis was one more big fish short of contending for the win. His 15/11 put him in 5th Place. Dwight "Hammer" Hammermeister took his very first Bass Snatcher victory with a 16/8 limit. Paul Ruff had a 4lb 3oz smallmouth that took Lunker.
I wish I could have gotten rid of the 12 incher. I would have moved up 1 spot for sure and possibly 2. I tried a number of lures that came up empty: Super Fluke, Swim Jig, Rattlin' Rap, Baby Minus One, Fat Free Shad, Chigger Craw, Jig and Chigger Craw, KVD Sexy Dog, and RI Vixen. For whatever reason I just cannot get in sync with the fish, it's frustrating. I should have been able to catch more than 6 keepers.
Next tournament is at Whitefish Chain on Sept. 24th.