So I went on the end of the underwater point and started cranking a Parrot DT6, finally a nice keeper in the boat, probably just under 4lbs. My partner tried his pink Husky Jerk but got no bites. As we followed the point around I switched back and forth between the Parrot DT6 and a Hot Mustard DT6. As I hit the inside turn I got another nice fish over 3lb on the Hot Mustard.
There was so much pressure on that point that I decided to try some docks. The first stretch of docks produced nothing as I alternated between a weightless Watermelon Candy Ring Fry and a 3/8oz Lake Fork Mega-Weight Jig (Brown/Blk). So we hopped across the lake and I got one around 4lbs on the LFT Ring Fry. We fished this stretch for a long ways, I missed on a Jig that pulled my skirt down and my trailer off and somehow I did not hook it. I saw the fish afterwards as my boat drifted by, it was probably 2-3lbs. I tried to circle back, but the bass would not cooperate. A few docks later one stole my ring fry, but again would not bite on the follow-up casts. We started entering to an area that had both pads and docks. This is where I caught a 4.5lb fish on my Bronzeye in practice. I caught one about 13.5” on the Bronzeye Frog and he absolutely engulfed it. This fish was kind of small, but it made 4 bass in the well. 3 docks later I got a 3.5lb fish on a Fork Secret Ring Fry which rounded out my limit.
After getting no more action on this bank, we made out way back out onto the hard bottom point and I caught two more on a Carolina Rigged Watermelon Candy Baby Brush Hog. The first fish was about 2lb and culled out my small fish and then the next one was over 3lbs and got rid of the 2lb fish. We stayed out there for quite awhile hoping that we each would pick up some more fish. After about 45 minutes without a bite, we headed back to a small boat channel that produced well in practice.
My partner John ran the boat back in this area, so he would have the best opportunity to finish out his limit. We got nothing all the way around on the docks. We finally got to the “Magic Tree” and John got his 3rd keeper on his Baby Brush Hog. I threw back in there with my Jig and had one take off with and somehow I missed it as it pulled down the skirt and trailer. I went back to holding the boat and letting John cast into the tree. After about 5 minutes he broke off both of his worm rigs, so I casted in there while he was retying and got one around 4lbs on my Ring Fry. We both continued to cast and I got two more nice fish that I could not use to cull and time ran out as we only had time to make a few casts into the pads by the landing.
I ended up with 17.7 lbs for 5 fish and that was good enough for first place. The next closest guy had 17.2 lbs and he camped out on the end of the deep point all day. 3rd place was 16.8 lbs, he caught all his fish on a weightless ring fry in the pads and he anchored is bag with a 5.1 lb bass that was big fish. All in all, it was a good day. I only missed a couple bites, but I do not feel they hurt my weight. I cut the lead to first place down to a single pound going into Sunday’s tournament on
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