#63, "Episode 9: Clear Lake ABA - March 9-10, 2013" Fri Mar-22-13 11:05 PM by Nico
We headed up Saturday morning early and launched at the Casino. Conditions were cold with light wind, getting warmer in the afternoon. Water temps were 50-54 degrees during the trip. Clarity varied from 2 feet to 7 feet around the lake.
The goal in practice was to find something that someone else wasn't fishing. This proved difficult with 140 other tournament boats fishing the FPT and probably another 50 people just fishing or pre-fishing. We ran the state park side of the north end, rattlesnake down to the keys and redbud down to the ramp.
Fishing wasn't that great for us in practice. We only had 5 or 6 bites, shaking off a few and landing one flip fish and one 5lb a-rig fish. Probably tried 15 to 20 locations and only found 2 that looked worth fishing.
The one spot was pretty ridiculous. There had been boats there in the morning and we pulled in around 4pm and had 3 bites in no time. It seemed like there were a lot of fish there.
Sunday, tournament day. 30 degrees in the morning. Boat was frozen once again. There was some stupidity with the boat draw. Nico went to pay and most boats had already checked in. Normally you draw a number but this time there were 3 numbers left. 47, 48, and 49. And you didn't get to draw, you just got it. So were boat 47. WTF The first 30 or so teams got a random draw and we didn't?
Off we went. When we got to the spot there were about a dozen boats. Amazingly - of the 3 spots within that area that we wanted to fish - the first choice of where wanted to go was open! Alright!
Pulled in and fished for about 10 minutes. No one was catching any. Hm. Then we went back to back on 4lbers. It seemed like a great start to the day, we get our spot and we're the only boat getting fish.
Well, then the fish started to bite... And bite... and bite. The #2 spot we were going to go to had a boat on it and they just crushed the fish. And big ones. We kept catching and missing some bites and stuff but our size was not great. Nico did get one good 5lb 13oz fish and we filled our limit after a few hours. It was painful watching other boats netting 6 and 7lbers.
Once on a spot you had to stay on your spot or you lost is so we ground out until maybe 10am. Then we ran south. Pulled up to where we had seen some fish the day before and I got a 4-14. Then Nico missed a 5. That was it.
Tried a few other places up north for nothing. Then back to the starting spot for the last 2.5 hours. We got a different section of it this time, just out of necessity. Sure enough, the guys right next to us start sticking 5 to 7lbers.
We were getting a ton of fish in the afternoon but they were not the right size. It was cool on the one hand because you're drilling 3 and 4lbers on a-rig but frustrating because the school of bigger fish is just 200 feet over from you. I'd guess we had 20 bites and landed 13-15 fish? Don't really know.
With 20 mins to go I had a black blob come up and mush my a-rig at the boat. Cool hit. That fish went 7.4lbs. We headed in and weighed 27.10lbs for 5. Good enough for... maybe 19th place. lol.
Got some great video I hope. Gotta work on that nights this week. We caught all of our fish on the crazy 8 a-rig with keitech.
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