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Tournament Update – 2012 WON Bass Clear Lake, Ca
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Here is a quick wrap up of the the final northern WON bass event of the season which was held at Clear Lake on June 2nd and 3rd.
Based on the time of year and the current weather patterns, I knew that most of the fish would be in their post-spawn patterns; so I spent most of my practice looking just outside spawning areas where I found and caught them during the FLW tournament back in April. I covered a lot of water attempting to locate fish using various spinnerbaits thrown on a Dobyns 703C and a Pizz Customs painted Damiki Tremor 65 lipless crankbait in shad thrown on a Dobyns 705CB. I fished both the north and south ends of the lake over four days and failed to put together any solid pattern that I felt could win the tournament. I was catching about 15-18lbs. a day for my best five and knew it was going to take approximately 25lbs a day to win. I knew I was going to need a little luck if I was to do well. And I hate relying on luck in this sport.
Day one of the tournament brought high winds which completely blew out my morning spot. I didn’t get a single bite and to make matters worse, the rough water made for long grueling boat rides. I continued to cover lots water while rotating through my best areas in the south but my reaction bite was non-existent. My partner and I were only able to catch four fish weighing just over 11lbs. making for a long tough demoralizing day.
On day two the winds laid down and since my day one plan did not work, I decided to stay up north and throw a chatterbait around tullie points. I used a green pumpkin chatterbait with a Damiki Sneak trailer, also in green pumpkin, on a Dobyns 736C. The morning bite was awesome providing six fish and 16.5lbs in about 90 minutes. The morning bite slowed down so I decided to rotate through a few of my spots on the south that I was unable to fish the day prior due to the high winds. Over the next few hours my partner lost a 4+lber on a swim bait half way to the boat and I was only able to catch a 3lber on a Senko that culled out one fish. We ended up weighing 17+lbs. which was much better than day one, but still way off the mark as the overall winner had 51+lbs for the two days.
Obviously I was very disappointed with my performance and to make matters worse, prior to the tournament I was just outside of the top 20 that would qualify for the year end championship. With a finish near the bottom, I ended up 37th overall and will now have to wait until next year for another shot at the championship.
Next up is the Snag Proof open in August at the Delta, but before then, I will be heading to Orlando, Florida to attend ICAST in July with Bass Angler Magazine. Stay tuned for Face Book updates and photos from the event.