I haven't had much time to post lately and to be honest, the last few weeks have been pretty tough for me as far as fishing goes. Had a tourney on August 6th on Pewaukee Lake. Went to our 1st spot, started pitching' soft plastics and throwing Senkos and boated a 3.5 lb. LMB about 45 minutes into the tourney. Fished for another 45 min without a bite so we decided to make a move. Hit 3 other spots without any legal fish. When it's 12 noon and you only have 1 fish in the box, your mind starts to work in overdrive but most of the time, the best thing to do is think simple and don't over complicate things. Well, I didn't do that and I ended up making some bad decisions like going to fish new water when I should have just slowed down and fished my main starting area for the last 2 hours. If I would have done that, I'm sure the day would have ended up a lot better. My buddy Nick and his partner Al fished close to the same spot I started on and ended up taking 3rd place w/ over 22 lbs. Great job guys! I hope to fish the next Pewaukee Lake tourney on August 21st...looking for redemption. I was in 2nd place over all on the Lake Beulah Tuesday night bassin' tourneys but I'm sure I got bumped down a few spots after zeroing last week. Just lost my momentum but hope to regain traction this Tuesday. Thanks for reading...fish on!
July is typically pretty warm in Wisconsin and this year was no different. Mostly 80's and a bunch of 90 degree days this year. We've been running Brovarney Baits swim jigs, creature baits and stick worms to get most of the bites. Got a few on topwater and crankbaits but flippin' seems to be the key right now for bigger fish. I've got a tournament coming up on August 6th on Pewaukee Lake. Watch the vid for a few good fish catches. I'll update y'all with the results...fish on!
Wind out of the NW at 10-15, air temp in the low 60s in the am and 80 in the afternoon. Water temp was in the high 70s. Tourney hours were 6am to 2pm. Started by throwing a Brovarney Baits swim jig and caught our first legal fish in the first 10 minutes. Changed over to pitchin' a creature bait and filled out our limit by about 9am. We had a 4lb 8oz, a couple of 3.5 pounders and a few smaller fish. After 10am the wind switched and started blowing out of the NNE and our bite seemed to shut off. We targeted weeds in about 6-10 fow most of the day. Checked out some shallow water without any results. Caught one more 2.5 pounder on a swim jig at about 12pm which would have allowed us to cull our smallest fish and gain a half pound maybe but I made a mistake. I didn't notice that we had a smaller fish in the live well and threw the fish back (Livewell management 101). Luckily it didn't matter since that fish would have only moved us up one spot in the standings and still not in the money. So, as it's always great to fill out your limit early in the morning, it really wears on you while fishing the next 5 hours without catching another fish that would help your total weight. A lot of teams could say this at every tourney but we were a couple 4 pounders away from having a great tourney and I'm pretty surprised we weren't able to put together a better bag. I fished this tourney w/ Chris Wilson and he and I were both on some better fish earlier in the week. It didn't work out the way we expected but overall a decent day. We ended up with 17 lbs. which put us in 16th out of about 50 boats. The winning was pretty impressive coming in at 25 lbs. I plan on fishing the Beulah tourney this Tuesday and the next US Angler's choice tourney out on the Madison Chain of lakes on July 31st. Check back for results...Fish on!
I was working in Indianapolis on Tuesday morning and was not sure if I would make the Tuesday night tourney on Lake Beulah on 6/28. I finished up work at 12:30 EDT, made it home in 4 hrs. and I'm glad I did as it proved to be a great night night on the water. Light wind out of the NE, 81 degree water temp. and 65 degree air temp. As I pulled up to the the 1st spot of the night, I noticed a couple of big pods of baitfish suspended in about 15 fow over 20 - 24 fow. I started by throwing a deep diving crankbait and caught a couple shorts. Switched over to pitching' a creature bait on 30 lb. braid w/ a 1/2 oz. tungsten sinker and caught my 1st legal of the night....a very skinny 17 3/4" largemouth bass. Left that spot after a few more casts and decided to look for more baitfish hanging over deeper water. Set my Ranger down on the next spot in about 12 fow, dropped the trolling motor and as I moved out to deep water...same thing, baitfish suspended in 15 fow over 20-24 fow. Threw a crankbait, pitched a creature bait, and I even threw a jigging spoon with no luck. Looked at the back of the boat and notice my Dad had a Senko tied on. "Dad, you mind if I throw that Senko for a bit?" I don't ever throw stick worms even though I know they catch fish...it's just something that I'm not confident in. Well, it worked tonight. I caught a 4 pounder on the 1st cast, a 3.5 pounder a few casts later and another 2.5 pounder to seal the deal. I ended up in 1st place for the second time this year with 4 fish that weighed just under 12 lbs. That puts me in 1st place for the highly coveted Lake Beulah Angler of the Year title by about 4 lbs. over the next competitor but that lead can dwindle rather quickly on that lake while fishing against some very good fisherman. All in all, a great night with a great group of guys. Dad, thanks for letting me use your stuff...kind of like old times. Fish on!
Seems like the bass have been chasing Bluegills all week. I tied on a crankbait and caught a few but they really seemed to eat a swim jig the best. I typically throw a 3/8oz swim jig with a single grub trailer. I'll throw it in 1 foot of water down to about 10 fow. Dragging them over the top of lily pads can be a great presentation as well. Especially in the hotter months. I plan on fishing the July 9th WABTA tourney on Pewaukee Lake, check back for results. Fish on!
Late May. Fishing a Tuesday night 3 hour tourney. Weather was decent with 55 degree air temp., 70 degree water temp. and winds out of the NE at 10. Post spawn conditions as the majority of the fish left the beds last week. Started by throwing a crank in 4-8 fow for about 30 minutes. No bites so we moved to a steep drop on an inside turn where it dropped from 10 fow to 22 fow with the weed line at about 12 fow. Started pitching creature baits, throwing swimbaits and cranks up in the 6 foot depth. Dad connected with a good fish while pitching a jig at about 7:30 and we couldn't catch another legal after that. He ended up taking 2nd place and winning big bass with this 4 lb. 8 oz largemouth. Great night!!
Saturday - May 14th, 2016 - 40 degree air temp, 20-30mph NW wind, cloudy, snow, sleet and 56 degree water temp. The 1st US Angler's choice tournament of the year was held on Okauchee Lake out of Foolery's Bar and Grill. 23 boats in the field. It was a brutal day of wind and cold for 8 hours but we ended up catching our 5 fish limit (US Angler's Choice allows 5 fish limits) and taking 9th place...a few spots out of the money. Started the day throwing crank baits and jerk baits on a shore line where the wind was hitting it at 20mph. No bites, so we moved to the NW side of the lake to throw finesse worms and swim jigs, still no luck. Moved to a bay that was protected a little bit from the wind and ended up catching a 3.7 lb. Largemouth Bass (LMB) on a KVD 1.5 crank bait. Thought we may be on to something there but that was the only bite we had in about a 500 yd. stretch. We moved to the West side of the lake with a couple hours to go and filled out the rest of our limit with small fish caught on a finesse worm in 3-6 Feet of Water (fow) using spinning tackle and 6 lb. test fluorocarbon line.
Sunday - May 15th, 2016 - 45 degree air temp, 20mph NW wind and 53 degree water temp. The 1st WABTA tourney of the year was held on Okauchee Lake out of The Golden Mast. 55 boats in the field, pretty good turn out. Another uncomfortable day of fishing but at least the sun was out! We started the day where we left off on Saturday on the West side of the lake and caught a 2.5 lb. LMB in the first hour using a finesse worm on spinning tackle and 6 lb. test line. Moved out of that bay to fish a rocky shore line and caught another decent 2.5 lb. LMB. But again, the only bite in a 500 yd. stretch. Moved to the North side of the lake and caught a short fish on a jerk bait over 8 fow...that fish had 3 more bigger fish following it. We stayed in that spot for another 20 minutes and could not get the school to bite. We decided to go fish a couple wind blown points and picked up another 2.5 lb. fish on a jerk bait... only bite in 500 yes, crazy! We moved to the South side of the lake where we caught the 3.7 pounder the day before but couldn't get bit. Probably because there were no clouds today. We spent the last 3 hours on a windy shore line flipping sparse vegetation in 4-8 fow. Caught a good 3 pounder and one more 2.5 lb. LMB but could not catch our 6th fish to fill out our limit. (WABTA allows 6 fish limits) We ended up in 9th place and got to cash a check this time. 16 hours of fishing in brutal conditions really takes a toll on the body. I hope the remainder of the year yields a some better weather. My next 2 tourneys are June 11th and 12th on Pewaukee Lake. Fish on...
May 10th, rainy and 49 degrees with the wind out of the NE at 10-15mph. Not exactly comfortable fishing conditions but I'm glad I made a last second decision to fish the 1st Lake Beulah Tourney of the 2016 season. There's some really good sticks that show up for this tourney and a bunch of good fish came in to weigh-in. We only have 3 hours to fish. I wanted to cover a lot of water quick so I started out with a Rapala jerkbait in 5-10 feet of water (fow). Caught a dozen 12 inchers in 45 minutes and decided there were no big ones up shallow yet so I did a 180 and crossed to the other side of the lake. Went to my bread 'n butter and started pitchin' a soft plastic craw. Set the boat in 20 fow, pitched up into 12 fow and hopped it back to the boat. I caught a 3.5 pounder on my 5th flip, a 4-13 on my 10th flip and then I switched to a chatterbait and proceeded to catch another 3.5 pounder which sealed the deal. Ended up taking 1st place and winning big bass. Nice way to start the season. I sure hope this momentum rolls into this weekend. I have a US Angler's Choice tourney on Okauchee on Saturday and a W.A.B.T.A tourney on Okauchee on Sunday. Check back for results. Fish on...