1st and foremost I would like to thank all of the club officers for such a fun and smoothly run year!!! As well as Mark,DJ, Chris and their blow up doll for helping out at the T.O.C.
Pre fishing - found a new spot on a spot fishing the last tournament of the year that yielded a 7.5 lber and lost one at the net that was just smaller. With that in mind I headed up to Clear Lake on friday planning on throwing deep divers and jigs in similar areas that produced 2 weeks before. I had zero takers for more than 4 hours until i finally went to the "spot" on second cast I feel tension and up comes a nice bass just shy of 7bs. Leave that spot instantly in search of new water with no luck.
Started out fishing shallow in areas that have produced in the past but not this year(no takers). Once the sun comes out I head out to my sport where I comb over it form every direction with a deep diver. With the wind blowing extremely hard not knowing which direction it wanted to come from I start blowing off my spot and was going to head to a calmer area. I make a few last cast as get blow off and hook up to a nice 5+ lber. then it was on! I stayed there and battled the wind catch a limit before 11. I am telling myself to leave the spot but know there are some bigger ones around I caul out a 4 1/4 lber and catch another 4lber that was too small to caul. At this time I am blown into the tules because of the wind tie on a jig and row back to my spot. Make one cast into the wind and bam fish on. The fish comes straight out of 22fow jumping as I force the 7lber (big fish day 1) into the net. At that point I stop fishing the spot hoping that I left a few for tomorrow. Finish the day in 1st weighing around 20.5 lbs
Head straight out to my spot. The day was completely the opposite as the day before calm and foggy morning. Start by throwing the jig and loose 2 good fish before the sun comes up. Once the sun is up I throw the deep crank with 2 more short strikes. Change back to jig and land 2 keepers both under under 3 lbs. then i get derailed but soon find that it is a 15 lb cat. Go back to the deep diver and manage to land a 5+ barely hooked. The bite slows down for a good hour I start talking to Phil and miss a bite. I blame it on my jig being dull and the cat fish mangling it. Cut it off and ask Phil for some smelly jelly because i forgot mine. Row over to get it and row back making a single cast catching a 4lber to fill my limit. Fished hard for another 1 hour with no takers. Finish the day with right around 14lbs. I was very nervous driving to weigh-in thinking that Chris, John or Daren could easily beat me if they bring in 18lbs. Congratulation to everyone that fished in the T.O.C. It was fun hanging out talking fishing and getting to know a few of you guys better. See you next year!!!