45 boats launched from Pleasure Cove this morning for the first ABA Nor-cal event of the year. Freezing fog, giving way to mostly bluebird skies and calm conditions. My favorite!
Water 61-64. Same clarity as last weekend all around. We fished the west shore and the very northern parts of the lake and weighed 13.7lbs for 8th place. First place was 25lbs, second 18.
Nico had our big fish, a 4.8lb largemouth on the a-rig. I landed a 4lb spot on a dart head with a smallie beaver. Our other three fish were babies, also caught on smallie beaver. We captured all species today including spotted, largemouth, smallmouth, hybrid and squawfish. No trout. The trout were tired of us after we thinned their numbers last trip. Also we didn't use kastmasters.
We did try spoons a fair amount and caught lots of bass on them but all spoon biters were undersize. The 8 inch bass really love the hopkins at Berry apparently.
This trip kept with the "everything on boats breaks constantly" theme from our last tournament. I lost a gimbal mount on my fish finder and the steering wheel cap and it appears that my cheap Interstate brand starting battery that is less than a year old doesn't have enough umph to trim the motor so the motor alarms when you trim up and down.
Somehow we even got a check today for $340, which was just enough to only lose a fair chunk of money :) I still feel like a winner.