No check for the Rogers/Pease team. We ended up in 14th place, a respectable competitive finish with 90 teams competing. Tenth place (the top 10 received checks) was 17.70 pounds compared to our 17.10. Three other teams squeezed in between us and 10th. We needed one more big bite to get us in the money. We caught around fifteen keepers and upgraded four times, but only by ounces each time. We would swap a 2-4 for a 2-6 when we needed to swap for a four pounder. Two anglers shared the big fish prize with a pair of 6-10's.......again, my 6-3 wasn't quite good enough. Still, it was a great turnout with tournament proceeds going to the Shriner's Children's Hospital in Greenville, S.C.
Rogers and Pease Team - Boat #24, First Flight - GOOOOOD LUCK!! http://www.mooresvillenc.org/…/shriners-dogwood-bass-tourna…
G at Day 1 weigh-in, great fish, great smile, great humor and GREAT news!!! Sporting the "weirdest hat ever worn at a Bassmaster weigh-in" ("winonesoon"), G proudly walked across the stage, held up his fish - and dedicated this tournament to his brother and life long fishing companion, Doug Rogers who has been in a clinical trial at NIH in Bethesda MD, battling Melanoma. What G learned shortly after weigh-in, Dougie was actually on his way home from the hospital! A GREAT day overall, and many prayers have been answered! May today, be as promising as yesterday! Live weigh-in starts at 2:00 CT at Bassmaster.com!
After day 1 of the final Bassmaster Southern event of the year, I am in 18th place......less than a pound behind 12th. Only the top 12 return to fish on Saturday, so I hope to duplicate or better today's 5 fish limit of 14 lbs. 1 oz. For once, I didn't shoot myself in the foot on day one and am within a decent bag of the lead. My co-angler tomorrow is Michael Anderson and we will blast off at 5:30 a.m. and have a check-in time of 3:30. I have high hopes of taking GMR Fishing into a Saturday finale. You can watch the live web cam and leaderboard at www.bassmaster.com
GMR is at the Bassmaster Southern Open on Douglas Lake (TN). Day one of competition starts tomorrow, G is assigned boat #63 flight #4, weigh-in 3:45 (2:45 for us Hoosiers)! You can watch the live web cam and leaderboard at www.bassmaster.com
Day 1 at Lake Toho is over! It's very difficult to be enthusiastic after a tough, very windy first day. I caught 5, but they were the small male bass or "bucks" that make and guard the beds, and only 1 was a keeper. A whopping 12 ouncer! The big females must have gone shopping today......they had left the scene. The majority of the field made the long run to Kissimmee, about 2 hours there and back. I opted to stay in Toho and have more fishing time.....obviously not a good decision. Tomorrow I think the wind won't be as strong but the temperature is going to be about 20 degrees colder......in the 30's tomorrow morning!!! I'll wrap up good and fish hard! Hopefully I'll have a better "report" tomorrow if I can get some of the big girls to cooperate. I know they are nearby.
G's weigh-in timeline begins at 3:15 (or in that window being boat #39). This is the link to the Bassmaster Southern Open Live Leaderboard and weigh in! Hopefully, G will find that big green monster again tomorrow, and will carry it across the stage. May the "G" force be with you!!!
Tomorrow is day 1 of the BASS Southern Open at Lake Toho, just south of Orlando, Fl. I'll be boat #39 out of a field of 198 boats and will weigh in at 3:15. My co-angler is Mark Edmonds from Eldridge, Al. This will be his first BASS tournament......I hope I can put us on some good fish. I caught a mule on my last practice on Tuesday, weight between 8 and 9 pounds. I'd love to find that fish again tomorrow. I did not go out today as a wind advisory was out for the lake today. I hope to get off to a great start tomorrow for this tournament and the 2013 season........stay tuned!!!
I'm in Kissimmee, Fl. for the first BASS Southern Open of 2013. I fished yesterday and today with Jim Lax of The Trilax group, a sponsor and also a good friend. We had some success but not quite the number of fish I was hoping for over the last two days. Tomorrow, I'll fish alone and hope to fine tune some of the techniques that brought fish to the boat. I feel that one area in particular has great potential.......I hope really catch them there tomorrow. I hope to build... on what I have found in Lake Toho so I can feel confident there come tournament time (day 1 Thursday). I will have close to 2 hours more fishing time if I stay in Lake Toho as opposed to making the run down to Lake Kissimmee where many other anglers are planning to go. I want to put my tournament "eggs" in Toho......and then hope they hatch!!! Official practice starts tomorrow..........stay tuned!!!
Not a great day for "catching", but lots of tournament goodies received, and Dougie won additional prizes AND got honorable mention for his hair! Man, I sure wish I had recorded that interview!
OK......the Smith Lake update....where do I start? Practice was uneventful, went to some familiar waters and did some exploring for something productive. Small crankbaits produced most of my "action".....not much of that with twelve inch fish. I did catch one that I estimated to be just under four pounds. Oh, how I tried to duplicate that during the tournament. Realizing that I was not on much of any kind of pattern, I listened to my first day co-angler....a local. He s...uggested that we fish deep points that he had fished before and was familiar with. We proceeded to fish points (after visiting my four pounder area) and I quickly boated a small keeper. Fishing points at Smith Lake is quite different than fishing points in a "normal" lake. At Smith you sit in 100 ft. water or deeper and cast into anywhere from 20 ft. to 80 ft. You hope the school will come up and the feeding frenzy will begin. Evidently our fish must have cut school that day. There was no frenzy for us. I boated only 2 small keepers for the day. We returned to "my" water and my co-angler boated one about 3.5 to 4 pounds on a zara spook. It was just that kind of day. On day two, I returned to an area where I caught several fish during practice......but most were small. That was the case again during the tournament....another day with just two small keepers. After talking to a friend after everything was over....I asked how he managed to weigh in over twelve pounds on day two. He told me that he caught all of them on a white buzzbait.....the same exact bait that I always had tied on through my many years fishing Old City lake in High Point. I had tried a "buzz" during practice but did not do anything with it so I cut it off and it never made it back to the deck. I then realized that I had tried it in the clear water areas of the lake and not in the more stained waters where I fished on day two. If I only had a time machine.....I could go back and try again. I don't think they allow those.....so it goes down as another tournament to forget (result wise). It is quite a scenic lake with very friendly townfolk. One of these days..........