I was able to get up to Grand Rapids and onto Pokegama Lake by 4 pm on Friday night. I was participating in the BASSMASTER Weekend Series Tournament that would be on Sunday, August 5th. I was a bit scrambled because I had never fished this lake before and didn’t have much time to prepare. The first thing I noticed was how interesting this body of water was. One minute I would have a tiny little finesse dropshot on 8 lb. test working deep rocky structure for smallmouths and the next I would have a flipping stick, 65 lb. braid, flippin’ for largemouths. I was able to get 4 hours in on Friday night. I caught some nice ones in the main lake reeds pitching a 3/8 oz. Tru Tungsten jigs. All were largemouths. I was never able to find smallmouths. On Saturday I got on the water at about 5:30 am. I was excited and nervous because I knew I only had until about 3 pm to fish because I had to be to registration by 4:30 pm. Right away I caught a descent smallmouth on a Lucky Craft Sammy (perch). Moments later I lost a real nice smallmouth on a dropshot rig. My practice partner and fellow Gopher Bassmaster member Rick Brenhoffer and I mostly worked and searched for deeper weed lines that were holding both largemouths and smallmouths. All in all we caught fish but nothing solid to make me feel to confident going into the tournament. We said if we fished mistake free we would have a chance. Well, we’ll see. Wish me Luck!
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