Coming into the day, I knew this was my best chance to put my self in a position to win club stick. My plan was simple, target shallow heavy cover and docks and stick with it. I knew I would get a limit doing this and was my best option for putting together a winning bag with no practice on the lake. So the night before, I rigged up two Tru-Tungsten Jigs, 2 Heavy TX rigs, weightless Ring Fry, Bronzeye, Vixen and SWL Spinnerbait.
We started in the pads on the far east side of the lake. I had one small fish try to take my Vixen and then we moved right into the pads. My partner Dave was throwing a Bronzeye and I started flipping pockets with my 3/8 Green Pumpkin/BRown Tru-Tungsten Jig paired with a Grn Pumpkin Zoom Super Chunk. On my 5th pitch, I got a nice fish over 3lbs. We fished the rest of the cove, I got two more on jigs and one on a Chart/White SWL Spinnerbait. The last 3 were nothing special, just keepers. I hit 2 docks near a point just outside of this cove and then slid off the weed edge and banged another solid keeper on the jig. It felt good to have my limit with 15 minute left in the first hole. We decided to spend the remaining minutes on a cattail point that split the holes.
Dave missed on as we transitioned into the end hole on a jig. I culled a one of my small keepers off a boat lift with my jig. The docks were not really producing, so we ran across and pulled up on some other cattails. My first pitch in with a 1/2oz Blk/Bl Tru-Tungsten Jig produced my big fish of the day, a 3.4lb largemouth. The trailer of choice was a Blackberry Speed Craw. Dave also missed two fish in this patch.
We continued to work docks, pads, reeds, bog, & cattails for the rest of the day. I switched back and forth between my two jigs. Favoring the 3/8oz around docks and sparser cover, and then using my 1/2oz jig in heavier & deeper cover situations. I culled several more times and my partner managed 4 nice fish, and missed several opportunities including not letting me net a keeper that came off.
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My final weight was 14.4 lbs and 2nd place was 11.9lbs. It also vaulted me into first place for the year and easily advanced me to the “final four” in the Gopher Match Tournament. See Full Results
Two tournaments to go on Leech Lake and I am looking to hang on to my scant 1.2lb lead over 2nd place. Next weekend, my focus switches back to practicing for the Weekend Series tournament on Pokegama.
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