Lake Minnetonka, Wayzata, MN
After a rough finish at Saturday’s Silverado tournament at Lake Minnewaska, I was anxious to get out on Tonka and get that bad taste out of my mouth. Pairing up for this tournament was my buddy Corey Brant.
We managed to get out on Sunday to practice and found the fishing to be great. The big ones where biting and we didn’t even fish any of our tried and true spots. Instead we searched new water and where able to find some nice areas holding good schools of fish.
Tournament morning went very slow and we left some of our best areas with not even a single bite. After fishing about three productive areas with nothing to show, I knew we needed a change. We’ve found that power fishing some of these areas proves to be most effective, but after these tactics weren’t producing, we needed to scale back and throw a bit more finesse at them. Being that my boat was in the shop, I didn’t have the proper tackle along so I made the suggestion to Corey who was obviously thinking the same thing. It wasn’t two casts later and Corey sets the hook. We managed to put a small limit in the boat and things started turning for the better, so much better that Corey managed to get a solid 4 1/2 pounder safely in the boat after it was completely pinned down in the thickest milfoil and he was only using 8 lb. line!! It was sick. That’s just not how it happens, but things started going our way.
We weighed in with 8 largemouth’s going 23.10 pounds, good enough for a solid 9th place finish. Unfortunately they only paid out 8 spots, but we moved up from 20th to 13th place in the Angler of the Year points race and are only sitting one place outside the top twelve who all get invited to fish in the no entry shootout.
I’m excited because next week Bri and I are taking the dogs up to the cabin for a fun relaxing weekend. Then when I get back it’ll be nothing but Minnetonka, with a lot of big events taking place there next month I need to be sure to be a top my game. I’m really looking forward to it.