Hello my friends. I hope all is well with you. I have had a big September with some ups and downs. Competitive fishing can be a roller coaster ride at times, one can be flying high one day and lurching through the next. Two big tournaments in two weeks, in the back of the boat for one in the front for the next. I fished the BFL and the Skeleton Cup. I learned a lot from both tournaments.
The BFL was a wash. I caught some fish but not the right fish. That makes for a long day. If any of you want to know what its like to have a bad day at my office stand on a drive way in 90 degree heat and cast and reel for eight hours. By 1:00 you will be ready to go home I promise it is not much fun. How do I cope? I have learned to enjoy the view, to pray and talk to God. If I am in the back of the boat I will fish and watch the depth finder. I take mental notes of brush, bait fish, stumps, schools of fish. This can provide a wealth of knowledge. So I went to the weigh in with nada but made the best of it.
The Skeleton Cup was a different story. I was in the front of the boat and knew where some fish were. Now the question was would they bite? I drew an early boat number went straight to them and sat down. By the first hour in we had caught four. That is a good day in the office. If you want to know how that feels, there is only one way and thats enter a tournament and experience it. We had a camera boat with us some, that was another awesome experience. I would like to thank GLoomis, Shimano, Power Pro Line, Jakall, and Barren Outdoors for that opportunity. I also want to thank Trevent Hayes for his passion for the outdoors and commitment to bring a local tournament to the people on KySports.TV check them out look for the coverage. Ended up 15th place in the tournament and took home 400.00 worth of fine GLoomis rods. While we would have loved winning it all we went out to have fun and we sure did. We were tickled with our placing.
After a hard tournament season. I felt I could not build momentum this year. I caught fish but just couldn’t put it together on tournament day. This was a great way to close the season out. Rolling into next year on a high will be a big boost. It is more proof to be still, and trust God. God will make good on his promises, however he only does so in His time. Do not be discouraged by the struggle. The struggle means you are still in the fight. It never fails when I willfully submit to Gods will blessings always show up. We must walk in Faith and not in Flesh.
Now to fishing
Bass are fair crank baits on flats with pockets 12 to 20 feet deep. Shad colors are best early in the morning.
Crappie have really picked up. Early morning bite is on as well. brush or lay downs 8 to 12 feet deep.
Hybrid have been really good around Baileys point I have picked some up on Red Eye Shad. Live bait and trolling are more effective.
The weather is nice get out and get on the fall fishing folks. Please be careful as the Corpse of Engineers has began drawing the lake down.
Thank You for reading. Good Luck and God Bless!