I started off in an area in Lucerne that Travis showed me. Thanks Travis. I was hoping to find some late season weed beds that might still be holding fish. They were sparse and I never got touched at any of them. My first fish on day one came on a blade before the sun came up. It was only about 2 ½ pounds but a good start. I worked the shoreline and drop off until I got to an old broken down levy of sorts. I fished it with the blade cranks and jigs for nothing. I decided to hit a dock that holds quality fish but there was a boater on it so I worked my way down throwing an LV 500 until the boater left. I got there and picked up a good fish close to 4 on a jig. I saw a swirl in pretty shallow water by a piling and pitched my jig to it. Got thumped immediately and netted another fish just under 4 pounds. I continued down the lake a while hitting all the weeds I could find with jigs and the LV. Nothing happening. I decided to go back to the levy and try it again. Got thumped on the jig and culled my blade fish. That was my last bite on day one. I figured I had around 11 pounds which I hoped would have me in the top five.
Day two I started off throwing my blade and LV working my way down to the levy . I started hearing the whine of bass boats so I got on the oars and made for the levy before a boater could get there. It was much more productive on day two. On my second cast on the jig I got bit and netted a nice fish. I ended up with four fish off it before 7:00. I had two good fish but needed help for the third. I spent a good hour and a half dissecting the levy for nothing but one other bite. Started working my way down to the dock pitching in deepwater weeds with a jig and throwing the LV and swim bait as I made my way to the dock. Dom showed up and we talked a bit. I got on the oars and made my way to the dock. There had been at least two boaters camped on it so I was not sure how it would be. After a few minutes I felt a nice thump and set up on a decent fish but she came up jumping and came unbuttoned. I worked the dock for another half hour and decided to work my way back to the levy. I was hoping to get one more fish off it but no luck. I had and hour of fishing time left and decide I would only throw a swim bait for the rest of the day. On my third cast I got bit. It didn’t feel very big and wasn’t fighting much at all. As she got closer to the boat she decide to get hot and that’s when I realized she was a decent fish. I had forgotten to move my net from the pole holder after the last row so I reached back to get it and it was snagged in my drop shot weight. I lip the fish and just as I clamp on her the swim bait pops right off. Lucky me. She was my biggest fish of the day around four and a half. Three cast later I got another bump on the swim bait. I’m thinking cool, two bites in three casts. I fished the rest of the way back to the car with the swim bait but never got touched again.
I got back to Skylark and found out that it had been pretty tough on a lot of guys. Richie’s looking pretty smug and tells me he thinks he has close to 14. I do the math in my head and didn’t like the answer. Rich goes to get his fish and pulls a nice one out first. Yikes. His second was not as big and neither was his third. I’m thinking that maybe Rich was a little optimistic about his weight. At least I hoped so. He weighed in around 10 or so and it hit me that I think I just won the TOC.
I want to thank Steve and the rest of the officers for a great season and another fun TOC event. Thanks for picking out that cool trophy Steve. Congrats to all who made the TOC this year. Its tough to do with the quality of sticks we have in this club.