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Hawk Talk – Bull Shoals Elite Series
Category : HAWK TALK
The best way I’ve found to get over a bad tournament is to fish another one as soon as possible. That’s why the Bull Shoals event couldn’t get here fast enough. I wanted an opportunity to repair my battered psyche after stumbling at Lake Falcon a few weeks prior.
Bull Shoals is a massive reservoir filled with what seems like an infinite number of creek arms and pockets. There’s no way to cover the entire lake in a three day practice period, so I made it manageable (the best I could anyway) by deciding to spend one day on the lower end and the second up the lake around the East and West Sugarloaf Creeks. I’d return to the area that appealed most to me on day three to expand on what I’d found.
I was surprised how clear the water was on the lower end of the lake. Visibility reached 20 feet in some areas. Even though it was clear I still had confidence and fished my way into creeks and coves hitting both deep and shallow main lake points, secondary points, pockets, and straight bank. I alternated throwing a DUO Realis 100SP Jerkbait for suspended fish and a ¾ oz 4×4 Football Jig and dropshot for fish on the bottom. I caught several largemouth and spotted bass with my best five weighing roughly 13 pounds—a promising start. I briefly considered deviating from my original plan of looking at the mid lake region on day two and instead expanding on what I’d found on day one, but eventually decided against it.
Originally published over on the InsideLine online magazine
May 31, 2013