With a good 5lb kicker smallmouth caught on my Fitzgerald Stunner HD Rod and 1/2 ounce WOO Tungsten weight, I was able to land a respective 13th place finish in the American Bass Anglers Association Kentucky Division. With air temperatures in the 90’s and water temperatures in the upper 80’s fishing was tough. The ledge bite was slow so you really had to have a lot of patience. Unfortunately, it seems like the Asian Carp have really become an issue on Kentucky Lake. Every ledge that I fished was covered up with Asian Carp. I’m headed to Paris Landing Tennessee for next tournament at the end of August. Can’t wait to get back on the beautiful Tennessee River.
What a beautiful lake. I had a really good practice and caught a lot of fish throughout the week. We stayed at Cross Country Campground and I would recommend this campground to anyone fishing Lake Norman. Unfortunately, all the smaller fish decided to bite on tournament days but I was still able to make my way to the stage to get some good exposure to all my sponsors. Special thanks to Fitzgerald Rods, Woo Tungsten Weights, and Nines Optics. I am looking forward to the next tournament on Kentucky Lake in July.
We were bagging the fish from day one of the Bassmaster Southern Open on Lake Norman. Picture number 2 was the Toyota Tundra weekend series on ky lake. I received 2nd place big bass. With a weight of 6lbs 8oz. The third and 4th pictures are from the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster weekend series on the Ohio River in Lawrence burg Indiana.
I received a 2nd place finish with a weight of 7lbs 4oz.
This tournament was a qualifier for the Ray Scott national championship to be held in Bossier city Louisiana on the red river April 2 through the eighth of 2018. The tournament was supposed to be a two-day tournament but due to hurricane Nate, the tournament got cut back to a one-day event. The top 20 anglers advanced to the national championship.
I was catching some decent fish on the first day using a Zeldon swayback spook and also a white Terminator spinner bait. The fish were not really staged in a certain area they were kind of spread out anywhere from midway back of to the very back of the pockets. I caught a lot of short fish but I did not go to a couple of my better spots thinking of the second day of fishing.
I missed the cut by a pound and a half not knowing that the tournament was going to be cut short. Overall a good trip, not a bad time and good showing for my sponsors.
We stayed at Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield Virginia. In the three days of prefishing, I covered a lot of water trying to figure out the tide and the changes in fish location with the tide. Thanks to my good friend Dave Perdue who is also a Pro angler on the Bassmaster open trail, we were able to narrow down where, when, and what fish were biting on.
Day one of the tournament started off quick, had three solid keepers in the boat within the first hour. They caught on a zoom trick worm with a red bug color Texas Rig and a black terminator single blade spinner bait. Finished day one with almost 8 lbs.
Day 2 started off similar to day 1 good fish were caught early and in low tide. The same baits were used for day 2. With almost 9 lbs gained on day 2, I moved up to the top half of the pack of standings. After only catching 8 good keepers had my 5th fish on day 2 that possibly would have put me into the money but was unable to land him into the boat.
Overall a great tournament at a new lake for me. It was a great learning experience with the tide changes and thanks to my good friend Dave Perdue, my sponsors Associated Scales, Jonathan Creek Outfitters, Mama Nancy Cabs, and my Family for supporting me.
Finished 79th out of 160 with a total weight of 16 lbs and 14 oz.