The 4-man tournament has a team of two boats with two anglers in each boat fishing for their best 12 bass limit. This event is held on my home water of pool 10 on the Mississippi River. My brother and I had a successful practice and had things dialed in, but with the heavy rain things were about to change.
Some of our areas got muddy and the current picked up on some of our main river areas. I did manage to get two nice fish right away in the morning, one on a Carolina-rig with a Seaguar fluorocarbon leader, with a brush hog on an Eagle Claw 3/0 wide gap hoook and a bonus smallmouth on buzzbait!!
After trying to scratch out a few more main river fish with no such luck, we headed to the backwaters to fish eel grass, lily pads and duckwart. Using RC Tackle swim jigs in the splatterback pattern and Snag Proof frogs proved to be very beneficial. We kept fishing areas where we knew there was good fish and helped put together our 12 fish limit for 26 and some lb's. This put us in third place, which was a great way to end a fun weekend down on the river!
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This event was my first as a boater. This puts the pressure on you to locate and figure out your tournament day. I have been waiting for this tournament all summer and put in 2.5 days of practice on the water.
Through effective pre-fishing I located several areas that had not only good numbers of fish, but the size was also good! I diversified my areas by fishing both the main river and also backwater sloughs and lakes. The highlight of pre-fishing was my brother on Saturday catching a bass that was just under 20 inches in an area I haven't been in two years. I just wish I had that fish for the tournament!
Tournament day came and I spent the first three hours fishing main river rock, wood and sand. In those three hours I caught short fish after short fish. I am still not sure why the fish weren't in my spots, but I knew I had a lot of time left. I went to my areas that had eel grass and lily pads.
Relying on my RC Tackle Swim Jig and a Snag Proof Frog I put the trolling motor down and worked for the rest of the day to put together my five fish limit for 10.02 lb's. This landed me in 27th out of 67th place, so I finished in the just out of the top third of the field.
Looking back I feel I put in the correct preparation, my execution was excellent and my mental toughness was good. So in all I am happy with my first tournament performance as boater and can't wait to my next one!