It might be time to put the kayak away for the winter. Warm day. There were some active bass in the morning. By midday the wind made it tough to stay on spots. This ...more was the biggest of three in a short 2 1/2 hr session this morning.
Catch-up post #3: This was the biggest of three that I caught on the first day of a two-day Angler of the Year (AOY) championship for the Keystone Bass Kayak Series. ...more It was a rough tournament for everyone. I ended up in 9th for the tournament, which placed me 4th in the overall AOY. I was in second at the end of the “regular season,” before the championship tournament. This bass, though, was big enough to win big bass for the tournament at 20”. The winnings from the big bass pot was almost as big as the 4th place finish in AOY. This smallmouth swiped at my plopper bait with its tail, sending it five feet in the air. I waited until it hit the water before cranking it a couple of turns with the bass striking it again but missing. I stopped the bait again for a 1/2 second, and then cranked hard. The bass came almost completely out of the water, chasing the bait horizontally for about two feet before engulfing it. It was probably one of the most exciting bites that I have experienced in my four decades of fishing.
Catch-up post #2… These are the smallies that I caught in practice on the Susky, prior to the Kayak Anglers team championship. All four were 18+ inches and over ...more 3 lbs. The biggest was 18 3/4” (3 lbs 3 oz), the heaviest was 3 lbs 7 oz (18 1/2”). These were the biggest four of 11 bass.
Catch-up post… On Oct 1st, I competed in the state championship for PA BASS Nation Kayak Series in Presque Isle Bay, Erie. I qualified for this tournament by placing ...more 10th at the Presque Isle event earlier in the spring. It was a cold, blustery day in Erie. I was expecting the bite to be tough, and that a limit would put me in good shape. Surprisingly, almost everyone caught their limit. Not everyone caught bigger fish. I put 13 scoreable fish on the board, which I think was tied for the most, but I could not get the big ones to bite. I probably threw back another 12 that were not upgrades. I used too much of the early morning bite trying to get my limit—which I did in less than an hour. I should have been looking for bigger ones. I finished 14th out of 22, not the finish that I wanted; but the conditions were challenging even if the fish were biting. Finishing 14th in the state is not bad given the high-level of competition for this B.A.S.S. tournament.
For the second straight trip, I caught a lot of smallmouth. Yesterday, it was 35. I did not get the size for this tournament (I finished 21st out of 56). My largest ...more was this one. I usually say, “Avoid the slack water, and look for breaks in the current.” Well, I caught this one in relatively slow and deep water. Goes to show, sometimes you just make the cast.
Had a fun day floating with Drew, Mark, and Jim. Drew opened the day with a large smallie on his first cast. I had a big numbers day. These are the two biggest fish ...more out of 33 smallies. The one on the left was the heaviest at 2 lbs 10 oz. The one on the right was the longest at 17 1/4”.
Nice day on the Middle Allegheny. Big shout out to Jeff Knapp at Keystone Connection Fishing Guide Service. This was my annual trip with Jeff, and we got into some ...more good ones today. We boated between 30-35 smallmouth, with several good fish, including this over 19 3/4” beauty. This is my third 19” river smallie this month on 4 lb test.