Well my Pro-am at Bull Shoals ended in a little love hate relationship. I love that clear water, but then again I hate it. Being from up here in the Ozarks I'm supposed to know how to fish (gin Clear) water. That's not totally true. I only managed 3 keepers saturday and 4 keepers sunday. The lakes up here are reallly clearing up, with no flows going through the dams. This allows the suspended particles to drop out thus leaving clearer than normal water. Shaky heads and grubs were the main ticket. I was on a decent jerkbait bite prior to the tournament and thats were my plan went astray. Long cast with light line let me have close to 20 fish days, but most were huge White Bass and 14&7/8" Large Mouth. A big thanks goes out to Underbite CEO/Preident Lisndey and Eli Powers for put me and Derek up for the weekend. Nice place hangout, even coffee dog had a goodtime.
Now for the Bassmaster Central OPEN on the Red River April 25-27. Headed down to check it out and maybe get on a pattern for some biguns. This will be a total shift from the Clear waters for Bull Shoals. The Red River does get its name from the clay alongs its banks ie.. no clear water. No light line and long cast here. Flipping and Pitching here we go.
What a great day to be out of the water today. I have to cherish these days because they don't come around for me like today on Bull Shoals very often. Me and Micah were fishing the championship for the Get5 winter series. We were the last qualifying spot so we could only go up. Thats what we did, WOW what a day. We had 40 plus fish today with 5 different species, and 25-27 were keeper bass that we culled though for a weight of 15.43lbs and that was good enough for 5th place in the tournament. The Underbite Custom Tackle team of Eli and Trey hung in there with another good limit for 2nd place and that sealed up the Team of the Year honors. Congratulations guys Underbite custom tackle is the way to go. Eli's stuff helped me achieve a goal of mine today. I finally caught a double on the Bama Rig (it happened twice today!!) and I also had a triple late today WOW WOW!!!! Then 1st place was a good friend and cousin Kurt Evans and his partner Paul with almost 17lbs. Its great to see Kurt back out there again. We finished down in the pack for the year standings but had a great end to the year with 2 money finishes when we needed it (money that is)!!
I would like to thank Basscat Boats, Bull Shoals Boat Dock, French/Hardin farms, Fin to Fur, Macs Custom Crankbaits, Denail Rods, Jennybugs, and Underbite Custom Tackle for a great start to my tournament year. I'm looking forward to a good year on the Central Pro-Ams (14th AOY now), and the Bassmaster Central OPENS start April 25th on the Red River. Here we go time to set the HOOK!!!
What a great day for the 3rd annual Children's Home Bass Tournament, We sent out 85 boats at 7am and had rain and sun though out the day. I was thinking it would take 18.5lbs to win and had my eye on 2 teams. After we sent the teams out, we had a great breakfast at the College and North Church of Christ and then got prize packages ready. At noon we started getting the stage, tanks, food, and the supplies ready. Also the rain was a coming . We had kids coming up from Paragould and the time was getting near for the boat check-in. What to do with all this stuff. We setup several pop up covers and then it hit. Just as quick as it hit and got everything totally wet it stopped and the sun came out. Now a Tournament Director don't like major weather changes like this, but hey you play the hand dealt to ya. At 3pm the teams stared checking in and it was quick to see I was wrong. Small limits were crossing the scales and the guys I know were saying that the bite was off all day. I was totally wrong about the weights, but not about the cause that we were there for. The Children's Home does great things and my family along the church has been involved with them for many years. Go check them out at the site http://childrenshomes.org/.
I would like to thank the house parents that brought the children up and the people that worked behind the secne and those there Saturday that helped make it a successful event. It is truly a team effort that makes this go so well. Sponsors really stepped up this year and provided the teams with a great supply of shirts, snacks, grab bags (with tackle and hats) , and ended the day with a feast of hot dogs, chips, and drinks. It took almost 17lbs to win the tournament and the lord blessed us all.
I'm a professional angler, keep up with me and my partners as we catch fish all over the southern US.