During a long, dark and moonless night on Bob Sandlin
the fishing gods shined down me. As the tournament got started a Carolina Rig
and a Spook produced no fish, so as darkness fell I started throwing my reliable
Hildebrandt black spinnerbait – alternating between #5 and #6 blades. I was
having fish hit my spinnerbait during practice, but they weren’t really taking
it so during the tournament I added an Uncle Josh pork chunk and covered it all
with Smelly Jelly. During tough conditions I believe it will cause the fish hang
on a little better. I also bent the wire to my blade straight up to give it more
thump. It took all night, but by 5:30am I had finally scratched out a small
I fished the south part of the lake from Cherokee
Junction, east to Charlie’s Ridge, and at daybreak decided to stay put because
of all the activity through the night. As darkness gave way to daybreak I again
started throwing the Spook. When the Spook failed to produce, I made the fateful
move to a Super Pop R and that’s when the fun began. In the next hour I caught
8 fish and was able to cull my 4 smallest fish. The decision to switch baits
added about 3 pounds – a move that eventually meant the difference between 1st
place and 4th place.
My 5 fish weighed in at 11.55 to narrowly edge out
John Pierce’s limit of 11.32. John
also had big bass at 5.83. Randy
Kvapil was right in the hunt with 4 fish at 11.20 for 3rd place.
4th place went to Chuck Middleton who’s 5 fish limit along
with his partner Bill Houghton’s 2 fish took heavy boat with 16.54 lbs. 5th
place honors were taken by Danny Yates with 4 fish at 6.84 lbs.
Twenty eight anglers fished this month’s tournament and it was great to see some familiar old friends come out, including John Tanner, Bobby Cole, Art Alden, Ed Shindoll and David Porter. It was also a lot of fun to hear David Porter talk about his experience fishing the Federation’s Regional Tournament on South Dakota’s sprawling Lewis and Clark Reservoir. He represented Century Bass Club well and added another footnote in our already illustrious club history. Way to go David!
My win at Sandlin put me in the
lead for Angler of the Year with the remaining five places going to Randy
Kvapil, Jon Harsbarger, Carey Gajdica, Robert Hargrove, and Elvin Smith with at
least nine more members within striking distance should one of the top six
falter in the last three tournaments.
With Ray Hubbard right in our own backyard we should
have a banner turnout for our next tournament. I hope to see you all there.
|Place||Angler||# of Fish||Total lbs.||Big Bass||Points||Money Won|
|Totals||28 Anglers||48||105.19 lbs. - 2.20 lb. average||$1,187.00|