Lake Minnetonka, Wayzata, MN
Pressure’s on! It’s time to make it or break it out on Lake Minnetonka this time of year. Going into this event we found ourselves sitting in good position in the team of the year points with a respectable 9th. With only 2 more tourneys left before the Shootout, it’s time to prove your in for the long haul. The top 14 teams qualify for the year end championship and let me be the first to tell you the competition is stiff, all 51 teams can and will sack ’em and it’s important your one of the teams consistently bagging ’em up.
Ryan and I are the two up for this go round and practice went great. I mean it when I say it we probably had the best practice we have ever had. Not only did we get bites in all the places we wanted to get bites we also never burned a single fish. We were able to pull on every bite, never sacrificing a good one.
We had a early boat draw and decided to start in an area that usually has done us well and things really didn’t start all that great. I caught a couple right away but nothing to get your blood flowing, my biggest was probably 3 pounds.
We went on to fill a limit right away but size was embarrassing to say the least, I mean we had like squeakers in the boat, babies to say the least. Finally we had a decision to make whether to stay and pound it out or head to the other side and start banging out on some water and kind of sling from our hip. I made a suggestion that we stop by an area that had been good to me first and then we’ll make the journey. This proved to be worth the stop because it didn’t take minutes and Ryan was at war with what ended up being a 5.25 pound giant. There’s is nothing more gratifying then culling a 5 pounder out for a 12 inch dink.
Minutes later and I was wrestling with a giant and again we made a sick cull with a 4 pounder and got rid of another little bumper baby. Sticking with this pattern, Ryan suggested an area that was very similar and again another cull. We finished the day by running these areas making a few culls here and there and in the end finished up with a solid 12th place and moved up to a two way tie for 8th place in the Team of the Year standings with only 1 more event left.
We still had a couple small fish in our limit and yet again were oh so close to pulling a top 3, still in the end we’re getting so close we can taste it. We just got to keep putting in the work and we’ll reap the reward soon enough.