Monday, March 29, 2010

Illinois Bass Federation Open Trail Event - Lake of Egypt

Four words can describe my tournament...too little, too late!  I spent the better part of the tournament day cranking grass lines in 3-6 feet of water.  I had caught too many fish in practice to not give it a good try during the tournament.  What I feel like hurt me the most, was fishing history, and not fishing the durrent situations the lake provided.  I'll explain.  In years past I have had a lot of success cranking grasslines on this lake, and if you stay at it long enough, at some point during the day you will connect with a school or two of active fish and load the boat.  Currently, the lake has less grass in it than I've ever seen, which really limited the amount of water I could fish.  Instead of adapting to the current situation, I forced the issue and continued to fish the grass lines with a crankbait.  With about two hours to go, I pulled out my flipping stick and went shallow and connected on a couple of keepers before running out of time.  I managed to get 6 bites flipping in two hours, and only converted two of those into caught fish.  Had I committed a whole day to flipping, I believe that I could have overcome a few lost fish and still weighed a good limit, at least enough weight to get payed.  As it stands, I'm writing about another tournament where I missed getting a check.  This time by my own hard headedness and unwillingness to change.  History hurt me on this one, it's time to practice what I preach, and fish the current conditions, instead of forcing things that are not working.  For the record, I finished with two fish for 6.03 lbs.  That's about as "run-of-the-mill" as it gets.  Nothing like a large dose of mediocracy! 

On a better note, Lord willing, I'll leave April 9th for Lake Oauchita in Hot Springs, AR for the second tournament of the American Fishing Series Central Division.  Until then, God Bless!

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