On Sunday April 27th 2013 I fished the BFL on Lake Stockton.
Going into the Tournament the weather forecast kept changing from Sunny to a chance of rain to the eventual forecast of rain. During the meeting it was pouring down rain and I couldnt wait to get to the part I was assigned a partner. Since I have never fished Stockton I decided to go with the co-anlger side. I was assigned a partner and we quickly discussed what techniques and what type of water we were going to fish. During these discussions I learned one thing and that was we were going to fishing points with ledges in clear water with a jerkbait and a alabama rig in about 53-52 degree water. For those who know me know that I hate doing these two types of techniques. Being a co-angler during this event I knew that I had to try different techniques as the guy in the front of the boat. So I decided to take 5 rods to event as a coangler.
I had on the following lures for the event:
2. Alabama rig with grubs and one PTL Swinging Hammer
3. Swim Jig
4. 5 inch Yamamoto White Grub
5. chatter bait
My thoughts were that the grubs and the chatter bait might offer me up a chance to catch a different type of fish than what the guy at the front of the boat was throwing.
We made the short run in his Gambler boat to across the way to his first point with rock ledges. Two things stuck out in my mind during this first area we were going to fish. 1. I could see all the way to the bottom and it was 15 feet and 2. The water temp where we started was 50.8 degrees. My boater threw out his jerkbait and watched his cadence of how he was working it and on the first cast he had a decent following bass (15 incher) all the way to the boat. So I started with a jerkbait and in a few casts I caught a smallmouth (12 incher). Then we slowly moved down the bank to some deeper water and I started throwing the Alabama rig. Believe it or not in about 25 casts I had a bite and it broke me off.
So instead of putting a Alabama rig back on I decided to just put a simple grub on and the boater and I went up and down several points and down deep steep back in the clear water and we did not get any bites, however this place appeared to be a prime location to get a bite. The rain went from a drizzle to a steady down pour when the boater said he wanted to make a trip to the dam. It was around 1030 at this time and we arrived at the dam. I decided to make a wholesale change in my tackle at this stop. While my boater kept using his jerkbait, rattle trap, and deep diving crankbait I decided to change it up to a shakeyhead since our next stop would be on pea gravel banks. I put on two different shakeyheads one with Powerteam lure 5 inch finicky tickler and one with another soft plastic. At our next stop on my first cast I caught a 12 incher, and then a few casts later I caught a 13 incher. My boater then said our next stop would be at another pea gravel bank but instead of casting towards the bank we cast to 10-15 feet of water. Over the next 30 minutes I caught a 14, 14 7/8, and then I finally caught my first keep of the day (It was barely 15 inches), I caught another 14.5, and a 13. Meanwhile the boater finally put on a finesse bait and caught him a 13 incher. Shortly after is when I hooked, but didn’t land a nice largemouth. 3-4 pounder.
My boater decided we were then going to some dirty water and I caught another short (14 incher), but during this time we saw a boat in the very back of the creek flipping a jig and they caught a nice 4 pounder. My boater thinking that it was a winning pattern (and I don’t blame him) decided to then start flipping for the next 2 hours with no success. I missed a fish in the middle of the back of the creek, but other than that it was pretty quiet for me.
We were then going to head to the spot where I dominated earlier, but some boat trouble prevented us from doing that. So we fished near the check in and didn’t get another bite.
Overall, it was a mentally challenging tournament from a weather stand point, but I am happy that I caught fish and if my fish I caught would have measure 15 inches then I would have done extremely well. I ended weighing in one fish for 1 pound 15 oz and I ended up 52nd. The winning weight on the co-angler side was 9 pounds 5 oz.
During the weigh in I met a fellow Powerteam Lure staffer Jay Grave. Below is a photo of us.