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Hawk Talk – Kentucky Lake BASSFest
Category : HAWK TALK
I spent the month leading up to the Kentucky Lake tournament fishing and guiding on Lake Guntersville (also a part of the TVA chain of lakes) and since both lakes fish similar during the summertime I had a lot of confidence going into the event. I knew I’d dedicate the three practice days idling and graphing up and down KY Lake’s river ledges, looking for the winning schools of fish and stopping only briefly to make a few casts once I did find a school to see their size.
I had several rods spread out on my boat deck in order to cover different levels of the water column at different speeds; ledge fishing staples like a deep diving crankbait, heavy swimbait, big spoon, Texas-rig, and football jig. I also had finesse baits like a hair jig, dropshot rig, and heavy shakey head ready to go as well.
With the tournament launch held in Paris, TN I decided to spend my first practice day covering areas from the Paris bridge to New Johnsonville. Two hours into my day I’d only made it a half-mile from the bridge. I was immediately reminded how massive and daunting KY Lake is compared to other lakes on the TVA Chain. My plan to cover the entire lake started to feel much too ambitious. I should have realized right then I couldn’t effectively look at it all. By day’s end I found only one small school all the way down by New Johnsonville and knew I wouldn’t return.
On day two I changed directions and went north staying between the Paris bridge and Kenlake Marina. I didn’t find much to get excited about—just two small schools, neither one producing a bass over 3 1/2 pounds. Frustrated, I fought to keep negative thoughts out of my head. I had one practice day left and worked on remaining focused.