Well day # 1 went as good as it could have. I was in the lead after all the fish had been weighed and I was one of the last anglers to weigh-in so I was "happy happy happy" as Phil would say. All fish came on a Jerkbait. I caught 7 keepers and 4 short fish. Day # 2 was a different animal. If you want your weather to change just have a bass tournament at your lake, Wowzers!!! We knew it was going to be about 20 degrees colder with a wind change to the east and a 60% chance of cold rain most of the day. Boy they missed that one. We woke up at 2:30am to loud thunder, lighting, and massive amounts of rain with high winds and a cold 33 degrees (wind chill was COLDER!!!!). Hats off to Mike Webb our TD for delaying us 30 minutes to take off at 7:30 that was a good move. We all needed that extra time to soak up the heat. Let just say if you fish get you a pair of the Woody Max Muck boots. I'm not sponsored by them, but I did get them from Fin to Fur, one of my sponsors. My feet never got cold any they are awesome boot for winter time fishing. When I arrvied at my starting spot I had muddy water that was 5 degrees colder than when I had left Saturday. I started with the jerkbait and had a keeper in the first 10 min then a short and then it happened!!! I lost my bait. I did what you are told not to ever do. I didn't have another jerkbait like that one. I had to adjust so I caught 3 more keepers on a gitzit and my last with 5 minutes to go on a jerkbait. I knew I only had about 9.5 lbs and as I was listen to the others weighin I knew I would need 13.5lbs to pull it off and it just wasn't there. But my family was. They made the 3.5hr drive up in the cold rain and stood there waiting on me to get in with those little green fish. Just to see me weigh them in and settle for 6th. I learned valuable lessons from that, but it was also a win. I weighed a limit in both days, had 2 great co-anglers, and my family was there. I have great sponsors that help and the Lord blessed me with safety on the trip back home. Thanks
Went out on stockton today to start getting ready for the second Pro-Am of the year. Not cold and the gloves were off agian. The bite was not great, but it was there. Hope all goes well tomarrow and all the anglers have a safe day. Will report more later all I can safely say is the water is still cold. Peace out
1st tournament without gloves and all that cold weather gear and it was the last get5 tournament for the winter series. We were not in it for points standings, but wanted a good showing and I needed to fish so I could make the year end classic. It is at Bull Shoals and I have a Central Pro-Am toury there the next weekend. We had a limit early and played the culling game the rest of the day. Thats cool to do that early in the day then you can breath easy the rest of the day. We picked up the ole Underbite Custom Tackle Chicken (AKA the Alabama Rig) and also used A Macs Custom Painted Wiggle Wart. Had a decent day, but we were still a little off. We placed 6th and broke even. That dang Eli Powers and Trey Anderson did it again. They won, but this time they went over 20lbs WOWZERS!!!! I was happy to see the boys going good and we go to Bull in a about a month.
The weather is changing and somtimes Bass fishing can be GREAT or tough this time of year. We have all had those days when we are fishin and just catching them like crazy. Then we go back the next day or two and can't even buy a bite. Where did they go is what we always ask? But more important we should ask what should I do different?? Those fish didn't leave the lake and go hide. They are still in the general area. Maybe the wind has shifted or the lake has come up or even went down. There are a hundred things that could have changed. We as anglers need to not abandon the whole area. Fish live by instinct and we try to "reason" were they are or what they are doing. We over anaylze the situation daily Think back to all those times when you had good limits, were you doing something "miraclous" or hard, doubtful. You had a bait similar to what they were eating and was in the right area at the right time. A famous fishermen once told me its all timing and left it at that. It has taken me almost 10 yrs to understand that. Dont let it take you that long!! Don't reason yourself away from were the fish are.
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