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!