Green Lake, Spicer, MN
This was a tournament that proved to be a learning lesson from the very get go. I’ve had some past experience on Green and really thought I’d have an ace in the hole for this event before I even got there. This probably proved to be my biggest mistake.
Last year I finished with a very respectable 14th place while fishing the Silverado in early June. The obvious bite was a spawning bite and the vast majority of the fish were up on spawning flats. I also found great success fishing deep, very deep. Being that this tournament was mid summer, I thought this would be the ticket to cashing a much needed check and turning my luck in this years Silverado events.
Throughout practice I tried like hell to make the deep bite work and really wasn’t getting the bites I thought I would, though when I did get bit it was a giant 4 plus pound smallie.
This caused a good deal of confusion in that I kind of adopted a mentality that all I needed was 6 bites all day and since the quality was there I could easily weigh over 20 pounds. As practiced continued though I realized that there would be a better than not chance that I may not even get 6 bites all day. This was obviously a problem.
Everyday of practice I was able to catch a couple quality fish but patterning them was horrible. I’d catch one out of 30 feet on a dropshot, then I’d catch one out of 2 feet on a spinnerbait. In 3 days of practice I caught roughly 10 smallies going over 3 1/2 pounds and all on different baits out of different depths.
Though I was a bit confused onto what, when, where and how I was going to catch 20 pounds, I knew I was around the fish to do it and just planned to junk fish all day.
To make a long depressing story short, we managed to drop two giant smallmouths in the morning that really hurt. My Am partner Brian Brecka put on a clinic thereafter and really stepped up putting a couple in the box and giving us a shot to still put together a solid limit.
As the day wore on I was able to start making some big culls and caught our biggest bass on a Biovex Midrunner Crankbait and then followed that up with a nice largemouth on a flippin’ bite as well as another lunker smallie on a tube over a rock pile.
In the end we weighed in with 6 bass totaling 15.75 pounds, only good enough for a very disappointing 30th place. It’s really tough when I think of what could of been had we landed those two doozer smallies right away in the morning that got off at the boat. We would have weighed in around 20 pounds and cashed a check as well as moved up greatly in the points with only one tournament to go. With that said though I was still so off in the big picture, most guys whacked the crap out of them and probably threw back 18 to 19 pounds. I was so close, yet so far away.
I’m more than upset with the outcome, this one really hurt. I missed the ticket all together and also missed the opportunity to still put together a bag. It’s disheartening to say the least. I’ve been tournament fishing hard for 3 years now and have always had good success. This year has been horrible, bad practices, bad decision making and bad execution along with bad luck have all combined to have me on the outside looking in. Not a position I’m used to and definitely not a position I will get used to. A little humiliation can be a good thing and will provide the extra motivation necessary to get back on top. Now the only way I make the Shootout on Lake Minnetonka is to win at the last event at the Horseshoe Chain. I’ll never turn down a challenge and am excited at the opportunity.
Up next though, it’s time for the Denny’s Super 30 on Lake Minnetonka where we’re currently sitting 9th in the Team of the Year points race with 2 events remaining. The top 14 teams qualify for the end of the year Shootout. Time to turn this year around, starting now.