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!