Lake Minnetonka , Wayzata, MN
Humbled is the only word to describe this tournament. This was a team event and I was fishing with a good buddy Chris Campbell. Lake Minnetonka is a lake I know very well. I have fished there more than any other lake. I was really looking forward to doing well here and taking home a nice paycheck. Although this year I had only been out there twice. I have been so busy pre fishing for upcoming events that I haven’t really had much time to get out there. For any of those who don’t know, Lake Minnetonka is a BIG fish lake. I knew it was going to take a big sack to be in contention. With limited time on the water to practice I still felt I would do real well. I went mostly to what worked well this time last year. Flippin’ docks, working main lake points and islands. Following the deep side of the main lake weedline. My partner Chris knew one great deep hard bottom spot on the main lake that was right off a few islands. We started there and did well. Chris boated a couple of nice 2 pounders on a Carolina rigged senko in about 16 ft. of water. I then followed up with another nice one with a texas rigged Lake Fork Creature Bait (green candy). We then hit some nice channels and docks that have always been lunker spots and had no success. Worried we went back out to our hard bottom spot and I added one more 14 inch bass on a Berkley jig worm (motor oil) in about 14 feet of water. With about an hour to go we decided to go shallow and flip some docks. Chris added another from under a dock that went just over 2 lbs. We weighed in 4 fish for just over 7 lbs. Should have been five for just over 9 but some how we forgot one in livewell. Duh…. Anyway didn’t matter we got crushed by the competition. I know there was a bass weighed in at 6.91 lbs. (That almost beat us alone) We finished in 49th place. Not what I was looking for. Lesson learned though.
Congrats to Rob Barrett and Tony Osborn for there strong finish! Way to go guys!