2012 FLW EverStart Southeast Series
Today I registered for all four of the EverStart Southeast Series. I feel like a kid a Christmas waiting for the first event on Lake Okeechobee in January. I lived on this lake for many years fishing many tournaments there including my best big tournament a third place finish in the original Red Man Trail Series.
I just completed fishing today's ABA Division 99 tour tournament on West Point Lake. The lake is down over 12 foot from normal pool requiring us to launch from Yellow Jacket park ramp. Take off started at 8 a.m. to insure safety while motor over from Yellow Jacket to Highland Marina. The day started off slow with no keeper fish until about 10 a.m. I moved up the river past the intake towers to a rocky point where I boated a nice 2.5lb largemouth on a Gann's Performance Tackle 3/8 oz. Buzzbait. It seemed after that the topwater bite died off. I kept grinding at it boating several more fish with three keepers on a Shakey head. I was looking for the fifth keeper fish so, I switch over to a Green pitching jig rigged with a Zoom speed craw in the same color. I found what I was looking for several cast later hooking up with a 6-7lb. largemouth. I had him coming strong to the boat when he turned and swam directly into the side of the boat with a solid thump!; the next moment he was swiming away. I was crushed as that would have been big fish and moved me into the top three, but that is fishing. On a positive note I took away confidence that I made the right decision providing the opportunity to win. Final standing are still not available, but with four keeps I slipped to the middle of the pack I am sure.
Tournament director Matt West posted the final results for Saturday's ABA Division 125. I ended up in eigth place moving me up to 7th place on AOY standings. It's nice to be in the top ten, now I need to get into th
Fog caused an hour and a half delay yesterday for the ABA Division 125 Tour tournament on Lake Allatoona. The forecasted ENE 5-10 mph wind did not appear until later in the morning turing into a 20 mph wind. When take off finally happened it was a short run for me as I drove right into a white blanket of fog on the first main lake point. I started off with a white 3/8 oz. buzzbait which resulted in a blowup but no hook up. I followed up with a spinnerbait, and followed that up with a squarebill crank bait, neither resulted in bites or fish. I continued with the buzzbait for 20 more minutes before switch up to a fishhead spin bait; still no hits. At eleven oclock I still have no fish in the boat. I reached down picking up my Dobyn's Savy 735 rigged it with a Reactions Innovation Kinky Beaver on a 3/0 Gamakatsu wide gap. I determind right then I was going to work close to wood blow downs, stumps and chunk rock. Fifteen minutes later I hooked up with a 15" Largemouth putting in the box. I knew right then I was going to grind out a limit before the weigh-in. I kept up working the Kinky Beaver until at three oclock I switch up to a Dobyn's Champion 684 with a 3/8 oz. green jig with Yum Wooly bogger for a trailer forty minutes later I see a nice fish following the bait of a blow down. I kill the bait and the fish eats it. I set the hook and flip him into the boat. I have my limit. I had one short fish all day. I weighed in 6.64 I didn't get a check but, I good finish; I finally felt confident for the first time on Allatoona. I already know the next time out I am going up the river to fish for largemout for a win.
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