Huge thanks to all of you! Been a long time coming! It was the BBT event that we took the win with 72 boats in the field. We couldn't get the same fish to go for the BassFest event but still managed a small check!
Here's the report!
After hearing reports from several sources about the fishing not being up to par for the Delta this time of year and us not having a chance to do any prefishing, Steve and I knew we were just going to run some previously productive water for this time of year. Our expectations were to get into the mid to high teens and shoot for a Top 5 or 10 spot. Winning, although nice, was somewhat out of the question but something we would definitely try for by throwing a lot of big wakebaits, swimbaits and topwater.
As it turns out, the topwater and big baits proved to be futile. We actually spent a few hours throughout the day throwing them but only a couple small fish were the result.
After running to one of our primary spots we did the topwater and big baits to no avail. After 15 minutes of nothing the spinnerbait and senko started looking pretty tempting and after going through two usually productive patches, I started the throw them. Right off I caught a 13" keeper on the blade. Relieved we had our first fish in the well I threw the 6" Monster Shad Senko into a tulle pocket where we had thrown a jig, frog and blade into for nothing. I let it settle, moved it a few inches then saw a "twitch" in my line. Dropping my rod tip then doing a sweep set with the Moto Hook my line became taut and the fish was on! It ran straight out of the tulles so I was thinking it was maybe a 2lber but then it breached the surface Steve ran for the net! After a short fight we swung the fish in the boat and gave each other high fives! We figured it was over 5 and a great way to start the morning but this one ended up being our big fish of 6.47 lbs.
After this 2nd keeper of the day Steve continued with the topwater and big baits while I concentrated on the limit. The blade started contributing quickly and it was only an hour and a half into our day we had a limit of the big one, three that were 13"s and one that was about 2 lbs.
Upgrades started to happen but it wasn't what we knew we needed to compete. After hitting three other areas we decided to make a run back to our original area and re-cover the same water but slowing down. Steve then told me "I'm going to get a senko fish by that pipe". He ended up being off by 50+ yards off but then he got his bite! At first I ignored him (I had caught several dinks on the senko) but then I looked down and knew the net was needed! After a brief fight we coaxed the fish in the net and YES, another solid fish! We, again, thought it was about a 5 lber but it turned out to be over 6lbs!
Time was starting to get thin with our 12:15 weigh-in so after spending another 20 min in the general area and not catching any upgrade fish, we made another run.
Steve was claiming a few weeks prior this one zero looking rocky main channel area had held a lot of fish and we might be able to upgrade our 1.5 lber with a 2-3 lb fish. I was doubtful but right off we got a couple clone 1.5 lbers on a blade and jig so I started to believe. It was already 11:45 so I knew we wouldn't have much more time and hoped we could actually get something good. Right around 11:55 I'm snagged (again) in the rocks with my jig and attempting to get it loose when Steve says he has one on. I look over and tell him he's probably snagged like me. His line then darts the opposite direction and the fish flashes. I immediately break my line and run for the net! After smacking the fish in the head once I finally net the fish and it's another good one! This one we think is a solid 4 lber but turns out to be over 5!
We know we have a good sack of fish so ask to tie up for some pics at weigh in. We didn't think we had enough to win but figured this should be a top 3 finish and should be close to 20lbs. The first surprise came with our big fish at 6.47 lbs. Then the scale settled at 22.39 lbs! Whew! About 3 lbs better than we expected!
We still had no expectations of winning as we were only the 2nd flight of boats out of 5 flights. What a pleasant surprise when those who ended up in 2nd place came over and congratulated us on our win before they started to announce the final standings! Finally, a team tournament win!
Thank you to all of our sponsors both past and present who have supported us and helped us achieve our 1st place finish. Boca Bearings, Monsterfishingtackle.com, Little Creeper Baits, Smelly Jelly, Big Bear Rods, Paycheck Baits and Catchem Caro Baits, thank you all!
The baits for our top 5 fish:
6” Senko – Monster Shad color / Moto Hooks Weedless Wacky Scent Soaker, 2/0 and 3/0 / BassFest scent Smelly Jelly
½ oz spinnerbaits