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Q&A with Lake of the Ozarks BFL Champion Brandon Patterson
Category : BACK DECK
The Ozark Division FLW Bass Fishing League series made its second stop of the year at Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri. A good friend of ours claimed the first place spot as a co angler. See how he did it below.
FTB: Tell us a little about the weather and conditions of the tournament.
Brandon: The air temperature wasn’t bad, about 50 degrees out. It was very windy though, with gusts up to 40 mph. The water clarity was about 3-5 feet deep while the water temperature was sitting around 48-50.
FTB: So with these conditions, how did you catch your fish, and with what lures?
Brandon: I threw umbrella rigs all day, both a Yum Yumbrella Rig and Yumbrella Flash Mob. With the Flash Mob, I swapped out the blades for teaser swimbaits. I used Keitech Easy Shiners in the Silver Flash Minnow pattern for the Flash Mob. On the normal Yumbrella 5 arm rig, I threw Zoom Swimmin Super Flukes in the Watermelon Magic color which I picked up my two big bites with, including a 7.14 lb big bass. We were working around staging areas, secondary points, and some main lake points.
FTB: What did you do differently from your pros?
Brandon: My boater was more dead-set on throwing a jerkbait. I stuck to the umbrella rigs, and scored big. I gave him some Keitech swimbaits throughout the tournament and he caught 4 fish on them. I caught my bigger fish throwing around brush with the bigger flukes, but filled my limit by watching the electronics for baitfish and bass, casting behind the boat, and counting it down to the schools.
FTB: What did you learn from this event?
Brandon: It is really important to watch the electronics. The fish I caught to fill my limit were key to my victory, and I wouldn’t have caught them without paying attention to the baitfish and bass on the electronics.
FTB: Any tips aside from this tournament for other co anglers?
Brandon: Be positive and keep an open mind. Throw your confidence baits, and don’t get sidetracked by what the fish have been biting the last few days. If new conditions arise, different baits might perform better than others. And most importantly, always respect your pro. If they ask what you caught your fish on, tell them and even offer any extras you have. It will go a long way.
FTB: Thanks Brandon! Congratulations on the win and good luck this season!
Circuits Fished: FLW Bass Fishing League Ozark Division, FLW Everstart Series Central Division
Years Co: 3
Favorite Technique: Umbrella Rigs, and power fishing clear water
Hobbies away from Fishing: Hunting and playing golf