Being one of my first outings on Lake Winnibigosh during open water, I found the lake to be a ton of fun with lots of fish. I spent most of the week trolling open water flats with spinnners and in line weights only to be aggravated most of the week. Some big fish, but very inconsistent. Finally, I switched to bottom bouncers and Lindy Rigs on the sharp breaklines (which I am more comfortable with especially on a Minnesota lake with one rod per person). This proved to be the right pattern because I went from 26th place on the first day to 14th on the second. Unfortunately, due to a violent wind storm, the tournament was cancelled on the 3rd day.
Nonetheless, I had a great time figuring out the bite and felt good about making such a good move. That's all you can ask for while fishing... pose a challenge to yourself and figure it out. It's like solving a big jigsaw puzzle.
Looking forward to the fall with big fish bites all over the place and a little pheasant hunting. Can't wait!!!