Heavy winds from the West reaching near 50km’s an hour made fishing our “A” spot near impossible. Our gameplan was to load up a quick limit off of a flat using Tubes and Senko style baits. The wind made it very difficult to maintain contact with your bait. After 90 minutes of fighting it we made the call to give up on it. Perhaps we should have left sooner.
Before we left we went over our “spotlist”. With this wind it wiped out a ton more of them! If we were fishing deeper water with heavier rigs or dropshotting we would have been able to stay and work it but we were on a fairly shallow bite with lighter rigs. Scramble time!
We made a long run to an area we knew had some quality fish. We picked one up first cast on a Senko. Phew. We plucked around some down trees and picked up 4 more. All very small fish though. Panic was starting to set in a bit at this point, we needed some quality.
We started to fish another flat in the back of a bay where we had some success last weekend. We took a moment to discuss what the fish had told us so far. 4 of the 5 fish in our limit came tight to shore in wood, docks or boathouses. So to shore we go!
With the trolling motor on high we power fished every piece of structure we could find and upgraded all those fish but 1. Our big fish of the day came from under an overhanging tree with 14 feet of water under it. It is a big fish spot and today her smaller sister was home.
We picked away for the rest of the day and landed 26 largemouth. We just couldn’t get that last quality fish to give us a real good bag.
Weigh in time was 4 so we wound up the Ranger and flew back. It’s always great to see family waiting for us at the dock.
My nephews Emmerson and Ronin hopped in the Ranger to play around.
The moment of truth.
Hopped up to discuss our day with MC Ed Hand. Of course I had every excuse in the books for him!
We weighed in 13.54 which for Big Rideau is a fairly mediocre bag historically, but not today.
That wind and generally tough fishing had a majority of teams struggling. At the end of the day we sat in 22nd place of 68 teams.
That placing won’t hurt us in the run to the Classic though we wanted so much more.
We were still able to crack a smile at days end.
Looking back on the day I think we did alright to scramble and adjust on the fly as to what the fish were telling us. In the future we must consider to find areas that will give us the option to move if the conditions don’t allow us to rely on one area.
Fin-Tech Title Shot jigs loaded up with Reaction Innovations Sweet Beavers and NetBait Paca Craws did all the damage.
The winning weight was 18.13 by Lenny Devos and Jeff Desloges, second was our buddy Charles Sim and his partner Nigel Touhey, third was another buddy of ours Steve Barnett and his partner Jack Levert. Man the poker game this week will have some chatter I bet!
Next up is Newboro Lake on July 17th. Let the pre-fishing begin!