This was the one tournament that I had really no idea what to expect. I didn’t even know how to pronounce the name of the lake! The only thing I had going was that on the PAA website, Zell Rowland said something about a river and a jet boat. It was easy for me to ok and take the Tracker.
Practice: I fished the lake for the majority of the day. I was able to catch some fish around docks and in small creeks. Late in the day I decided to check out the biggest river arm of the lake. As I walked my boat in, the water barely covered my ankle! After getting in, I saw another boat and it turned out to be Randy Howell. It was so late by the time that I got in and looked around a little, I felt like I should leave so I wouldn’t get stuck. I was able to run out without a problem. I found some other areas that were decent the next day, but returned to this place early the last day of practice and had a good morning. It made my decision to go here easy.
Day 1: After a shallow, mud churning run, I was in! It didn’t take long to start catching fish. I caught four keepers real quick. It became obvious that the first couple hundred yards was the best part. I caught some fish on just about everything I threw. A prop-bait and flipping were the two best ways for me. I had all of my weight by noon and left the river early. I weighed in 16lbs or so and was sitting in sixth place.
Day 2: And of course day 2 in the Tracker spells disaster! I made it there without a problem but the fishing was very tough. I had some bad mistakes today. I had the wrong hook for my Chigger Craw and this cost me a couple of fish. I also had a fish that wrapped my up and broke me off. I only weighed in one fish and fell all the way to 38th. This finish put me in 17th for the Series, two places out of the Toyota Texas Bass Classic.
Added Edge: The Tracker boat performed well again. Also having the Atlas Jackplate on the back really makes this boat do things only thought it could be done with a jet motor.