Woke up in Grand Cayman on Monday, Sep. 5th to 84 degrees at 6am. We met Captain Julius Hubbell of www.reelistikcharters.com at the Lobster Pot dock at 7am. Wind was out of the ESE at 10 - 12 mph. 3 - 6 foot seas 7-8 seconds apart. We were in a 23' center counsel boat with a 250 HP 4 stroke Suzuki in 650 - 750 feet of water trolling at 7 - 8 mph. 3 rods hanging off the back of the boat. 1 rod had a blue/white ballyhoo rig w/ a 7" silver baitfish tied on. 1 rod had a Marauder tied on (basically a 10" rattle trap). The 3rd rod had a daisy chain rig of 5 smaller ballyhoo jigs rigged up. We caught 10 Black fin tuna and hit the jackpot when a 30 lb. Wahoo sent the drag screaming on the big ballyhoo rig. Took about 15 minutes to bring it in and my arms were pretty tired after that. Awesome looking fish, kind of like a zebra with silver flesh and electric blue going down the length of its back. SUPER sharp teeth! My buddy, Gravity, butterflied the Wahoo and grilled it to perfection. We fed 12 people that night and still have plenty for dinner and ceviche tomorrow. Cigars and 7 Fathoms rum to top off the celebration. Fish on...
Fishing w/ my buddy Ben and his son Cole on a late August day with almost zero wind. 77 degree water temp., mostly cloudy and 80 degree air temp. Fishing in 6 - 8 fow (feet of water). It was Cole's 6th birthday and 1st time fishing for Bass. Cole was extremely patient for the whole 3 hours on the water and really impressed me with the way he learned so quickly. Honestly, I showed him how to cast an open bail reel and work the texas rigged Senko only once and he was on his own the rest of the day. Maybe 15 minutes into the trip, Cole hooked up and landed his 1st Bass ever...a nice 12" fish. About 1 hour later, Cole landed another really good 16" Bass that gave him a pretty good fight! All in all a pretty great morning. Not to mention, Cole scored a Lego Ewok Village set later that afternoon at his birthday party...win win!!! Can't wait to get back on the water...fish on!
Another tournament on Pewaukee Lake and a chance to redeem myself after a poor showing on my last visit. Tourney hours were 6am - 2pm. 28 boats at this event. A cold and windy day with 60 degree air temps and 15-20 mph winds out of the NW most of the day. Water temp was around 76-78 degrees. It's slow no wake until 1 hour after sunrise on Pewaukee lake so we didn't get to our spot until about 6:30. Started on a big weed flat in 6-8 fow throwing topwater and flippin' creature baits with no success. Switched over to moving baits at about 7am and we had 4 quick bites but only landed 2 of them. I was using a 7' medium heavy rod w/ 15 lb. fluorocarbon line. My 1st keeper was a 3.75 lb. fish and the next one took me straight down into the weeds and shook off. Felt like a real good fish. I immediately switched to a 7' 6" Heavy action rod w/ 50 lb. braid to give me a better chance to land them in the heavy weed cover. My partner hooked up soon after and landed a nice 4 pounder. Spent another hour or so in our starting area without a bite and decided to move to a weed line on the North side of the lake that was protected from the wind. Spent 30 minutes there without a bite and decided to stay in the wind for the rest of the day. We decided to stick to the 4 - 8 foot range and ended up with our 5 fish limit by about 12 pm. My parter Bobby caught a nice 4.9 lb. Largemouth but our smallest fish was a 14" - 2 pounder that needed to go. At about 1pm, I caught a good 3 pounder which allowed us to cull that 14" fish to give us 17.6 lbs. and enough for a 3rd place finish. Pretty tough day of fishing with only 6 keepers in 8 hrs. We could have fished cleaner, lost a couple that cost us some weight. Next up is Nagawicka Lake on 9/25, I don't typically do very well on that lake so it should be interesting. Fish on...
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!!