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FLW Tournament Today – Role Reversal, I Zeroed as Boat and My Co-Angler Had 5 for 9th Place

Daily Fishing Log For February 29, 2020

General Info Weather / Water Conditions
Date February 29, 2020 Air Temp 32--58 Current Generation
Fisherman Bassing Bob and Local Angler Co-Angler Jacob Wade Water Temp 43-48
Hours Fished 8.00 Sky Sunny Water Clarity Slightly Stained
Fishing Overall Fair Wind Light
Fish Caught
Total Caught Total Keepers
5 5
Size/Weight (Pounds)
Baits Used
Keepers Other Fish
Alabama Rig Same
Bait Colors
Keepers Other Fish
Electric Shad Kietech 3.3 Same
Fished over the top of trees from mouth of James and up the James and 10 miles up the White.  Some fishing in the Kimberling City area.  Fishing very slow with the A-rig with with a count down of 8-15 seconds with boat in 30'-40' of water.
Fishing Notes

Well, well, well, today really sucked for me as a boater in the FLW but my co-angler caught 5 KY’s for 10+ pounds to finish 9th.

So here is the story.  As you saw from my report Thursday, my buddy Steve and I have 6 six keepers, no big ones but best 5 about 12 pounds fishing finesse baits, small swim bait, ned rig and swimming  grub around Kimberling City, kind of clear water and over cast sky’s.

Yesterday, Friday we ran several miles up the White and fished in some big creeks, from all the way in the back of the creek, fished shallower trees and some bluff ledge banks only catching two fish and one keeper on the Rock Crawler on a bluff and on that bluff a shallow mixed rock pea gravel/chunk rock bank.

Needless to say, I really had nothing going on that was a reliable pattern for the tournament.

So, when I talked to my randomly selected co-angler, Jacob Owens last night, I was pretty excited that he was a local angler at Table Rock and he has been on fish the past couple of weeks.  So, I told Jacob, we would fish his spots wherever on the lake and fish his patterns that he has been catching em 0n, so long as in special spots with brush and or good trees that he would let me make first cast to those spots.

This was Jacob’s first ever FLW tournament as a co-angler but has had good success in team tournaments on Table Rock.  So considering I had nothing going on that was very good, we ran his spots and pattern/baits which was the A-Rig over trees on creek channel banks and bluffs.

If you follow you will know that I am not a fan of fishing with the A-Rig, I do not fish it often, I have caught some good fish on it when I have thrown it and generally the anglers that do good on the A-Rig there is an art to fishing with it, which I have not spent the time to figure out but maybe I should, as today most of the big bags and big fish were caught on it.

Jacob caught 5 keepers and finished 9th.  I was true to my word to fish his spots and patterns/bait, so I was pretty much committed to fishing the rig all day, which I have never done before to fish it all day.

I caught zero and he caught 5.  It was obvious that his fish had moved and were not biting very good over his best spots from the past couple of weeks.   We had our boat in 35′-40′ of water most of the day throwing over trees in 15′-25′ of water.  From most of the winning bag angler reports the fish have moved shallower, we may have been fishing too deep.

Like I said, I have never fished the A-Rig all day for 8 hours.  However, I was confident on every spot we fished, I am happy for Jacob to finish 9th out of 208 other co-anglers.  I am disappointed to not have caught a single keeper, however we made a deal to fish his stuff with his pattern, so all is good.  I am quite sore from chucking and winding that bait all day.  I guess at some point I need to learn the art of fishing that bait.


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