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!!