Beautiful day today on Guntersville Lake in Alabama. Cool morning at 46 degrees with wind out of the North at 5 mph. Got to our 1st spot at about 7am and I was pleasantly suprised to be the only boat there. Positioned the boat in 20 fow (feet of water) and started throwing a Strike King 2.5 crankbait (Tenessee Shad color) in into about 4 fow. The presentation that we found to work the best in practice was to get that crank bait to dive down, tick the eel grass that was in the 5 foot range and when it cleared the vegetation and got over about 8 fow, the bass would hit it. Seems that they were staging on that main lake ledge waiting for the water temp. to be right in order to move up shallow to spawn. So, got there at 7am and had 2 keepers in the boat for 5.5 lbs. in about 45 minutes. Not bad, feeling pretty good. I was now confident that we would be able to put together a 5 fish limit fairly quickly and then go look for some bigger fish. Well, that wasn't the case. we fished this spot until 10 am and only caught 2 more short fish. We ended up running 10 miles down river to fish a couple more spots but no bites. Came back to our starting spot at about 1:30pm and caught 2 more short fish but that was it for the day. Pretty frustrating. We hear that 25 lbs. is leading after day 1 and the big fish of the day was an 11 pounder.
Just got back from our pre-tournament meeting and dinner. Total purse and prizes of this tourney is over $250,000. 1st and 2nd place wins a $65,000 Legend Boat. 271 teams in the Angler's Choice Championship this year. Our boat position is determined by how we ranked against every team in the country last year... we ranked 87th. Take off is tomorrow at safe light and our check in time is 3:30pm. Had our best day on the water so far today. Caught 2 that were close to 4 lbs and a couple other 2.5 pounders. Air temp. was in the mid 70s, wind was out of the SW at 5 - 10mph and the water temp on the main river was in the mid 60s. Right now we have 3 spots that we have confidence in. Our 1st spot is on the North end of the lake, 2nd spot is about 25 miles south and our 3rd spot is in between them both. So if we don't have a limit by 10...we'll be making a 25 mile run and work our way back to weigh in. Check out some practice day 3 video below.
Day 3 was better. Air temp. 80. Wind 10-20 out of the SW. Water temp. was around 65 in the creeks and 60 on the main river channel. We caught a number of fish today but they were all in the 2.5 lb. class. We really need to find 5 pounders to even have a chance at cashing a check here. The locals are saying it will take around 50 - 55 lbs. to win this thing. That's a 2 day total weight for 10 bass (5 bass limit per day). Tomorrow should be pretty nice w/ the air temp. in the 70s and the wind only around 7mph which is comfortable for us, but today the bass bit better when the wind picked up. Tomorrow we will expand on what we found today and hopefully find more pieces to the puzzle that is Lake Guntersville.
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I'm going to keep this short and sweet. Fished from 7am to 5pm and only caught 1 fish on a lipless crankbait. We fished 3 different creeks as well as the main river channel. We fished deep and shallow. Targeted water depths from 15' to 2'. Wind was 10 - 20 out of the SW. Heavy rain throughout the morning. Tomorrow should be a pretty calm day so I'm hoping the fish are in a positive mood and I'm hoping we figure out what it is that we haven't figured out yet. Looking forward to tomorrow. I'm confident we will get something going.
Our 1st day of practice is in the books. I do not have much experience fishing tournaments on 69,000 acre resevoirs so prior to leaving Wisconsin, I did a fair amount of homework and thought I had a decent plan in place. I planned on fishing multiple spots in multiple creeks but Lake Guntersville is much bigger than I anticipated. Good thing we have 4 days of practice because the average creek seems to be the size of Lake Geneva (WI) and it's going to take longer than expected to eliminate water and hopefully find some sort of pattern. It rained off and on and the wind was about 15mph out of the SW. We threw a lot of different lures today and only caught 3 fish which is not even close to what I expected to catch. Not going to lie, I'm a little disappointed but not in panic mode yet. Looking for a better day tomorrow.
25 degrees in WI and I was fortunate enough to leave the hardwater country in exchange for a few days in the land of sun and bass fishing. I landed in Orlando, was greeted with 85 degree weather and immediately remembered how sunlight and warm weather just make you feel happy. Anyways, I was down there on business and once that was complete I looked up Chad Foster, owner of Aquatic Headwater Adventures. His website should be up and running shortly. www.aquaticheadwateradventures.com Chad is an established Bass tournament fishermen, very knowledgable and all around good guy to fish with. He runs a Skeeter boat from Toho Marine and has great equipment. Custome built MHX rods w/ braided line, Abu Garcia reels, and all the tackle you need to hunt for the big ones that Florida is known for. Unfortunately, the bites were hard to come by that day. I was hoping to do some bed fishing but a recent cold front forced the fish off the beds and seemed to give 'em lock jaw. We started on outside weed edges with a spoon and spinnerbait then moved to the inside and swam a jig and buzz toad through pads and kissimmee grass. As we were moving along, Chad spotted some fish busting the surface, we move over to them quickly and caught 2 right away. We made a couple circles around the school but that's all we could get to bite. We fished hard the rest of the day with just a few more bites... we used swim jigs, swim baits, spoon, spinnerbait, senkos, jigs and even got to punch a few "hard to find" mats with a puch skirt on top of a soft plastic craw, heavy braid and a 1 1/2 oz weight. Didn't catch a ton of fish but had a great time searching for them. That's why it's called fishin' and not catchin'. I can check Lake Kissimmee off my list now. I look forward to my next trip to the sunshine state and can't wait to check out a new body of water. I'll be on Lake Guntersville in Alabama from March 12th to the 18th and hope to have a great report for you next time.