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« on: April 28, 2013, 05:37:54 PM »
I had a jr. tournament on portage Saturday and ended up winning with 7.35lbs in a 4 hour tournament. Water temp was 56, air temp 55 through 65, and it was sunny with a little bit of a breeze. There were only 5 kids this time so there wasn't to much competition. When we launched we headed to a good looking area. There was a steep bank with docks along it, then farther back there was a secondary point with lily pads on it. I was throwing a jig to the docks then when we got to the pads I started throwing a blue and white Terminator Spinnerbait with a willow leaf/colorado blade combination. I was burning it through the pads then killing it at the end and I got my first keeper, about a 1 3/4 pounder. I kept fishing the same area with a combination of baits but couldn't get another bite. On the graph the fish were suspended at about 5-7 ft. over 10ft of water. We backed off a little bit and my boater started catching dinks on a floating jerkbait. I put on a suspending jerkbait (which was from Tom Wolverton) and started fishing it. We worked the steeper bank with docks on it again and I caught a non-keeper pretty quickly. I jerked it down then paused it and the fish hit after about 4 seconds. It hit pretty hard so I kept fishing it the same way. After about 10 more minutes I hooked another fish which was a keeper. This one was a little smaller and about 1 1/2 pounds. We kept fishing jerkbaits and each caught another dink. Then in the last 45 minutes of the tournament we went the other way down the same stretch we had been fishing. I was throwing the jerkbait in the deeper water on the point and hooked into a good fish. We got her netted and fished a little longer, then it was time for weigh in. Nobody else was catching fish and there was only one other tiny keeper weighed in. Here's my two biggest fish.
« on: April 14, 2013, 06:05:36 PM »
« on: August 22, 2012, 05:20:35 PM »
A guy from church (Larry) invited me to fish a Tappan Tuesday Night Tournament with him yesterday and we left as soon as I got home from school. We got there in plenty of time and got everything set up. These tournaments go from 5:00 PM to 9:30 PM (ending time adjusts as fall rolls along). Water temp was 79* with 2 feet of visiblity. Partly cloudy with a storm missing us by a little bit. Wind blowing out of the southwest. We started fishing close to the dam by a few docks and laydowns. The docks were in 6 ft. of water and the laydowns were in 3 ft. or less. No hits there so we moved down the dam and fished a brushpile in 18 ft. for a few minutes with nothing. At the end of the dam there was a slight drop off, from 16 ft. to 20 ft., with a bunch of fish stacked on it. We fished that for a while and I got one hit but didn't hook up. After getting no fish we ran to the other end of the lake and fished a nice looking point, but once again, no fish. It was about 8:00 by now and just starting to get dark. As we went down the shore fishing some bushes, in 1 ft. of water with deep water nearby, I got a little 10 incher on an Assassinator Clacker Buzzbait, chartruese and white color. About 15 minutes later I got a keeper on the same buzzbait. Larry stopped fishing and let me parrallel all the bushes with my buzzbait. I got 2 more hits on the buzzbait but didn't hook up. We had to go back to weigh in and decided to weigh in our one fish. It weighed 1 pound 10 ounces and that seemed to be what almost everybody was weighing. It was a really tough tournament. There were 44 boats fishing and only 48 keepers caught. Only one boat had a limit, and 8lbs won. Normally it takes about 12 pounds to win there this time of the year. I was talking to a few other guys and they had caught their fish in the same type of cover as me, up tight right in the bushes.
« on: July 14, 2012, 08:20:46 PM »
Here is a nice bass I got this morning at a small pond where I was camping with Pat. We got more video but I don't have it Pat does. He's getting it together and should have it up soon. Pat if you see this you can just post the link here.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNwQwemfkII&feature=plcp
« on: June 27, 2012, 11:07:24 AM »
We went to Charles Mill lake yesterday and fished from 7am to 6 pm. It's about 1,350 acres and has a 10 hp limit. Most of the lake is 6 ft deep or less and there is a ton of wood cover. The lake is really muddy with about 6 inches of visiblity. He hadn't been there in a long time and it was my first time there. As we were heading to the main lake to look around we saw a drop off going from 8-17 ft. with a bunch of baitfish and some bigger fish suspending in 5-10 feet. We fished that for a while with crankbaits, jigs, flukes, spooks, and worms without a hit. We kept going and fished a deeper bank (went from 1-6 feet quickly) and I got one 12 incher on a Luck-e-strike RC series 2 crankbait on a laydown. We fished that whole bank without another hit. We fished until about 5 pm before we got another hit. He caught it by flipping a Trigger-X big moe to a laydown on the same bank where I had caught mine. Before he got that we had fished another drop off with a whole bunch of suspended fish on it with cranks, drop-shot, carolina rig, texas rig, deep jerkbait, and a few other things. Nothing would hit anything and I really don't know how to catch deep suspended fish except with drop shots and spoons, but neither of us had any spoons. Also I had to drop shot with a baitcaster because as we were fishing I somehow dropped my spinnning rod into about 9 feet of water. I really don't know how I dropped it but we tried fishing it out for a long time with lipless cranks. It wasn't the best day, 2 fish in 11 hours and losing my only spinning rod (with matt's reel on it...). lol
« on: June 25, 2012, 06:35:34 PM »
I'm a little late posting this cause I've been really busy with some stuff.
I went to Tappan Lake thursday with somebody my mom works with. We went to get his boat at about 3:00 but had to fix something on the trailer. We didn't leave there until 3:45 or so and got in the water around 4:30. Then used up another 15 minutes getting the motor started lol. But we finally got fishing and started off on the big island right by the ramp. We fished a point off of it that was about 3' on top and dropped really fast to about 20'. We fished crankbaits, jigs, worms, and spinnerbaits over the whole thing without a hit. We started working shallower stuff on the island and I got 2 tiny ones, one on a buzzbait and one on a manns baby 1-. He got a small one on a wakebait. We moved to the bank and tried some other stuff around laydowns and a few weeds mixed in. I got one more on a fluke and he caught a couple more on his wakebait. We only got 2 keepers and they were both small. We got 4 or 5 others that were just little dinks. Any ideas of what else to fish? I don't like tappan as much as a lot of other lakes but its ok. Tomorrow we will probably be going to Charles Mill, I'll make a report if we get much of anything.
« on: June 04, 2012, 11:19:59 AM »
I haven't been fishing in a while so this sunday me and Pat went and fished from shore by the dam while the rest of my family and some other people walked the trails. There were 2 other kids with us to. I tossed a Dirty Jigs Swim Jig about 3 feet off shore by the rocks and got one on like my 3rd cast. It was about 12 inches. I didn't get any more for a while on the jig, a senko, or a shaky head. After about an hour I got another one on my Booyah Frog also about 3 ft. off shore by the rocks. It was about 13 inches. One of the other kids got 2 too but we only fished for about 2 or 2 1/2 hours then we had to leave. There was about 2 ft. of visibility and I was fishing in the shade. Here's the frog fish.
« on: May 26, 2012, 02:12:55 PM »
Today was our 3rd jr. tourney of the year and it was at clearfork. We got there a little early so we were on the water by 7:15 and we went to a small cove with some weeds and a secondary point in it. The whole lake has submerged weeds that are up to about 1ft. under the surface. They come out 10-20 ft. from shore depending how deep it is. Some parts also have emerging weeds that grow in a foot or two of water until the other weeds start growing. The first cove we went in I started walking my frog with a walk-walk-walk-pause pattern. I got my first fish at like 7:30, then got 2 more that went 11 3/4 inches and 11 1/2 inches. I got no more hits on the frog so I put on a jig and started flipping the same weeds. After about 20 minutes of doing that I got a hit and set the hook. After I set the hook something made a short "run" and almost ripped the rod out of my hands, literally. It didn't feel like a bass so I'm guessing it was a big catfish. We ran to the other side of the lake and started fishing some more weeds, but these were in a little deeper water. I got my 2nd keeper on the frog back in the shade in some weeds. We only had a few minutes left to fish so I skipped a senko under an overhanging tree and got another 11 incher. I ended up with only 2 keepers and 3 shorts. My boater got about 5 bass on a crankbait and probably had 3 keepers. He also caught 9 or 10 crappie and I got one. He caught a big shad that he hooked in the back and a small catfish on the crankbait to. Here are my 2 keepers, they weighed 3.49 and I got second place. The winner had 3.64 with 2 fish. Matt got 3rd with 1.81, and Pat got 4th with 1.78.
« on: May 24, 2012, 05:15:31 PM »
My brother had another baseball game close to shreve so I went fishing at the lake. It's about 50 acres and the side that you can fish from shore dosen't have much cover, just rip-rap, a dock, and some overhanging branches. I was throwing a frog and got a 14 inch on it in about 1ft of water by a branch. I got another one about 12 inches swimming a Dirty Jigs swim jig with a 5 in. grub for a trailer. The last one I got was another 12 inch hopping the same jig, but with a paca chunk for a trailer. On saturday I have another tournament at Clearfork from 8-12, hopefully I can catch some more than the other places. I was at clearfork a couple weeks ago and I really liked the lake, it fits my fishing style.
Here is one from shreve.
« on: May 07, 2012, 02:23:12 PM »
I went fishing with somebody my mom works with after church. We went to Clearfork because he has a tournament there in a couple weeks and has been fishing there to see what the lake is like. He caught 5 or 6 with the biggest one being about 15 inches. I only got one in, but it was a 17 in., and I lost 2 in the cover.
« on: May 05, 2012, 05:30:02 PM »
Today was our second tourney and we were back at Portage lakes. Only 3 kids out of 10 could make it, Me, Matt, and Pat. We started at 8:00 and ended at 12:00. It was cloudy most of the morning, then around 11:00 the sun came out and it got hot. I started off just fishing some shoreline laydowns and lily pads. The bluegill were spawning and some of the bass were hanging around the edges. I caught a 15 in. on a senko right up by a laydown. For the rest of the day I fished the shoreline cover with senkos, chatterbaits, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. I had a bunch of bumps on the spinnerbait so I put a trailer hook on and had one come on and off. I was pitching the senko around some pads and had one take it then run back in the pads and get off. Not 5 minutes later the same thing happened. My boater caught 2 dinks on a crankbait. When we went back for the weigh in and Pat had 1 and Matt had none. Pat caught his on a spinnerbait I think. I won with 1.64 pounds, and Pat had .84 pounds. lol. But, my boaters son brought in 14.4 pounds from Mud lake in the pads. He caught them in the morning when it was cloudy with a pop-r and a senko. We went in there a little bit but the sun was out and they weren't hitting anymore. While we were in there I casted a spinnerbait into some pads and hooked into a nice fish. It felt like a decent one, then at the boat I saw it was about a 17 in. catfish so I just gave it some slack and it came off.
« on: April 21, 2012, 08:02:04 AM »