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Oct 9, 2008
Warning: Never go to Seneca!
10/5/08–My first tournament ever on Seneca Lake. This lake is the closest to my home, but by no means do I consider it my ”home” lake. If I did, I’d run away from home!!
The winning bag was just over 5 lbs., nobody caught a limit and over half the field zeroed. Everybody caught northerns though, by the boatload! I caught a dozen myself and all I can say is at least I didn’t sacrifice any tackle to the toothy sumbitches!
Considering that I didn’t weigh a fish I came close to finishing in the money. I caught a couple of smallmouths that no matter how hard I tried I couldn’t make them 12 inches. I did manage to unbutton a good sized largemouth that might have been 3 pounds in amongst the swarm of pike that were attacking my suspending jerkbait. They would have been a lot of fun on a casual fishing trip, but not at tournament time.
Aug 24, 2008
Limit on Honeoye 8/23/08
Action, Action, Action!! Gotta love lots of bass two weeks in a row! Now I just gotta figure out how to catch a limit of fish with some weight. I guess KVD should know what he’s talking about when he said you should go for big fish in a one-day event.
Pretty windy on this little Finger Lake for this tournament. I need to get familiar with my drift sock. That may have been the trick I needed to turn to stay on the deep weed edge and get some quality bass. 5.45 lbs. for a tournament weight just doesn’t cut it. I new that it would take at least 10 lbs. to win and yet I stayed on the dock bite until I limited. I caught lots of bass skipping under docks with stick worms from Mizmo, Maniac, and Yum but they were all just keeper-size. I should have moved off these fish and went deep. I tried the deep edge early but it was too windy to keep the boat positioned. The forecast had the wind dying down as the morning progressed but that didn’t happen. Winning weight for the tournament was a shade over 9. I now have a month of no scheduled tournaments so I need to refine some techniques–namely deep jigging, Carolina rigs, and working with the drift sock.–Tight lines, full livewells, can’t lose!
Aug 16, 2008
Finally gotta cull!
8/16/08 Cayuga Lake–I fished a open team event sponsored by Tunkhannock Lunker Landers. Unfortunately I had to fish alone because people just can’t seem to commit to a partners tournament. It is a huge disadvantage to fish alone in a buddy tournament but I did it anyway because I heard the fishing was really kicking butt on this lake. I caught what had to be the first fish of the tournament because I fished closer to the launch than anyone else and I caught it on my first cast. I was like, ”oh yeah, keep it like this all day!” It was only a 12 inch fish so I tagged it with the hope of culling. Wishful thinking since I hadn’t had the chance to do that in my tournament career.
I moved uplake to where I never fail to catch a bass or two, and this time I failed. I did lose a fish there but nothing more in the livewell from that spot.
I then went to where I caught some fish in a tournament year, and that spot didn’t let me down. I pulled fish after fish off this spot for an hour and a half. Some were short of being legal but most were about the same 13-14 inch size. All were caught on salt sticks, mostly green pumpkin but it really didn’t matter which color I threw. All that mattered was that I was facing into the southwest wind. It worked out very well because I didn’t drift over the spot while I was taking fish off the hook. I tried some other baits like a jig, a beaver, and a crankbait to see if I could find bigger fish but to no avail. While I was there the wind shifted to the northwest and the bite died off, so I left. I went way up under the railroad bridge fishing the weed edge and some docks but came up empty. I did hook a good fish under a dock but it broke off around the dock post.
I went back to my honey hole and I got into’em again. All sized like before, but I was able to cull two fish. I went back down the lake and threw a crankbait and a split shot rig over a rocky flat but I wasn’t able to upgrade my catch.
I was very happy to have a limit and a day filled with a lot of action. The disadvantage of fishing a buddy tournament solo was evident back at the ramp when I saw the bags being weighed in. I didn’t stick around for the final results nor did I weigh my bag. I probably had around 9 lbs. but there were some bags that I’d bet went 20 lbs. so I was not in contention for the money. It’s good to see Cayuga coming back after a few down years.
Jul 20, 2008
BWS Ny West Chautauqua
7/12/08 and my first Bassmaster Weekend Series event of the season. I missed Keuka Lake to host, attend, and sweat my brains out at my daughter Lacey’s graduation party, such as it was. That’s another story I’d just as soon not tell again.
I decided to fish Chautauqua as a co-angler since I’ve never been there and didn’t have the opportunity to scout the lake for three days like the majority of the boaters do, plus I couldn’t find a co-angler to link with but as a co-angler, suddenly everyone wants to be your friend.
I linked with a boater from Rochester named Rich Stephens, who had a good finish at Keuka along with big-bass honors, and he was spending the week at Chautauqua to pre-fish. We met around noon the day before the event and went out for about four hours. He had been flipping weeds in the north basin so we headed up there. My first cast with a spinnerbait yielded a2.5 lb. largemouth! Talk about high expectations. I only landed one other fish the rest of that day, another about the same size with a jig. I’m not crazy about flipping a massive expanse of thick weeds but I was at the mercy of my boater.
At the 7 pm draw, I learned that I’d be fishing with Charlie Durrough from York, PA. He said we’d be flipping the docks until we limited. That played to my strength so I was psyched for the next morning. We met up, ate breakfast and put the boat in the water. I chugged a couple of XS Energy drinks along with coffee to juice me up for the day. Ours was the first flight, 16th in line, and off we went at 5:30. Charlie caught a couple of 2 lb. largemouth after about 2 hours in and I was still fishless. Midmorning we spotted a pair of 3’s but they were spooked so we decided to come back later for them. Across the lake we went. I missed a fish on a dropshot which is unusual since they generally eat that presentation. About noon we went back across the lake, fished around a point with a Red Eye Shad and Rattletrap in about 14 feet of water but no takers. It’s so much more fun when the bass will chase a lure, but not today. Finally around 12:30 we headed back to where we spotted the twins, but they weren’t there. Finally I had an epiphany and told Charlie we needed to get on the shady side of the docks since the temperature was near 90. Around the other side of the dock I hit one of the twins but he wrapped around the dock pole and I lost him. Charlie caught the other one. In the next half hour he caught two more and I missed a couple others. I just couldn’t get a hook in them. It really was frustrating. So much so that after we checked in, I loaded my gear and headed home, not even sticking around for the weigh-in. I need to time my revelations a little better.
Hammond Lake, Tioga, PA 6/15/08. Great turnout on a beautiful day for fishing or just about anything else. A lot of fish were caught but not much in the way of size. 129 fish weighed in and can you believe it!!?? Lunker was 2.7 lbs. I wish we’d change the schedule and move out of this mud hole. I fished long and hard for my two fish. I caught 3 total but one was short. All were caught on Chompers Green pumpkin hula grubs and a weedless standup jig head. These were the first fish I’ve ever caught on hula grubs and I really like these baits because of the heavy salt and garlic. I fished another brand of the same size but it just didn’t have the action or castability.
Even though I didn’t post much weight, it beats the heck outta last year’s zero. That 25 point award for showing up is like kissing your sister. Next up, Cowanesque…
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