This past Sunday seemed to be a tough outing for most of the 160 anglers in the Bassmaster Weekend Series tournament on the
I went in with expectations of putting together a solid limit and getting some good points for year to date standing based on my less then stellar practice. In the back of my mind, I thought if I fished hard and did not lose any fish, I could possibly cash a check.
All in all, things went well, did not lose any good fish and got one big bite. At the end of the day, I had a mixed bag of smallmouth and largemouth that weighed 12.03lbs and was good enough for 12th place and a decent check. See full standings here.
My key baits were a 3/8oz Tru-Tungsten Jig in a brown/purple color with a Green Pumpkin Rage Chunk trailer, plus I got two good bites, one on a Crazy Legs Chigger Craw and the big fish came on a Chatterbait.
Tru-Tungsten Jig was my work horse&chatterbait score my kicker fish!
If you want to learn more about fishing the Weekend Series tournaments as a boater or non-boater, check out www.ABAProAm.com. I will be fishing the rest of these events and looking forward to it!
See more details on my catches at Rich’s Bassin’ Blog.
Just as my fishing season is ramping up, it seems like the oil and gas companies are one step ahead of me. Gas on average is the
Last summer when I was fishing a lot and traveling to tournaments, I was paying almost $4 a gallon, but as fall approached and I was ready to winterize my boat gas prices plummeted to less then $2 a gallon.
It just seems like big oil knows when I need to use more fuel and makes me pay a premium for it. They waited just long enough to raise prices until I already forked out all my entry fees, so I am dedicated to make those trips and buy that fuel for the rest of the season.
I am not sure I feel better or not now, but I am sure most of you are feeling the same pain!
Until next time,
My buddy Josh&I headed out to one of his favorite south metro lakes for some bass action on Saturday morning. We got to the ramp a little after 7am and there were not many spots left at this small ramp. This lake is know for having some big largemouth bass.
It took us about 20-30 minutes to get dialed in to what the fish wanted, but once we did, it was pretty steady all day. The bait of choice was weightless Lake Fork Ring Frys in shades of green pumpkin&watermelon rigged on 4/0 Youvella Super Strong OWG hooks. Most of our fish were found around emerging lily pads and old pad root systems. The slow enticing fall of these baits tempted in excess of 40 bass including a couple of heavyweight bruisers. My two biggest were 5lbs 5oz&4lbs 10oz on a Rapala hand held scale. We actually weighed our best 5 and they went 17lbs 13oz. I need to run to the store before next weekend as we went through 3 full bags of Ring Frys in 7 hours. It was great day and great start to the MN bass season!
4lb 10oz Largemouth Bass
More details at my Bassin Blog!
It was just a small club tournament (Gopher Bassmasters) this past Sunday on Pool 2, but fun none the less. My first big tournament will be on May 30th on Pool 4.
Most of fish came from cuts off the main river or farther back into some of the larger back water areas like Moores&Grey Cloud. I ended up catching 12 keeper bass and John has 9, my best 5 measured out at 14.99lbs for 3rd place and John had almost 11lbs.
This spring has been my first introduction to Pool 2 fishing, I have been quite pleased with the available water as well as the catching it has offered. I intend to make this a more frequent fishing stop!
At the same time, I am excited to have about 10,000 more options to start fishing bass this coming Saturday!
For more detailed reports, check out my Bassin' Blog
Some of stuff is more obvious than others and some items are quite unique.
Jumper Cables – Jumper cables have saved my day many a times as well as some other people I have run into. Its even saved a few tournament days. Sure you can always switch your cables over to the trolling batteries, but when you only have a minute or two to spare to get back for weigh-in, jumper cables save a ton of time.
Buoys - I know many a guys pass on buoys for GPS, but on windy days there is nothing like a buoy for a reference point, especially in these Boater/Non-Boater tournaments where co-anglers are not allowed to run the boat, so if you are trying to hold on a deep hard bottom spot in the wind, its nice just to be able to motor back to that spot and start fishing, instead of trying to feel your way around for it again and again. Basspro.com carries a great selection of buoys.
Extra Life Preserver – Its nice to have for those impromptu evening fishing trips with a buddy or coworker. You hate not to take someone because you only have one life jacket. Also, you can make someone’s day at the tournament take-off when they forgot theirs and you can lend them one.
Old-Fashioned Ice Fishing Depth Finders – This is for fish health! If you are not familiar with this item, it is basically a .5 – 1oz lead weight molded to a gator clip. I use these to clip on to the pectoral fin of a fish in my livewell that is starting to turn on its side. The basic premise, is that the fish does not have to fight and waste energy to stay upright and it recovers easier and you do not kill the fish and save on dead fish penalties at the scale.
Rope - Handy for tying up to docks, bridges&trees. Also good to have when you need a tow or try to tow another boat back to safety.
Small Anchor – An anchor can make life easy on a windy day and you have a real tight group of fish. Plus, I really like for sight fishing. Once you locate a nice fish, back just far enough away so you can see what you are doing and gently hold the boat with the anchor. Less trolling motor noise, more bites! It also can be safety tool if you lose motor power, you can sometimes anchor up instead of letting your boat blow into rocks or get pulled down stream.
Toilet Paper – When nature calls there is not always a restroom available and often boat ramp facilities are often out of this key supply. Enough said….
Cable Ties – I find these are handy for batteries that come loose out of trays, for re-securing transducers and many other things in the boat. Almost as handy as duct tape.
Multi-Tool– It’s a great single tool that can make those wiring repairs, loose screws and bolts. Rather than a toolbox, this tool can do most everything and take up a lot less room. You really cannot go wrong with a quality tool like the Leatherman Wave or Gerber 600 Fisherman.
Quality Side Cutters– Great way to remove really deep hooks from fish and can often save a fish that otherwise might go belly up in your livewell. Its also handy for cutting hooks that are buried into your hand or skin. Also can aid in cutting wires and other things your multi-tool may not tackle.
Hopefully you find these tips useful and makes your future fishing trips safer and more productive.