Club tournament last Saturday found very finicky bite for Josh and I. We caught an abundance of fish thanks to Kistler carbon steel rods. Seemed like the…
Martin started at his hotspot, caught 19 pounds by about 9:00 and knew he had his primary area. He left it and scouted much of the rest of the day.
Notable about day 1 was it marked the break of a long and brutal heatwave. The day was cloudy and moist with some wind and temperatures struggled to stretch out of the 80s. It was a perfect day for the swimbait and that's what they ate.
Day 2 was the complete opposite. It was post-frontal with high skies and still winds. Martin switched to plastics – a big worm and dropshot - and struggled to boat 11 1/2 pounds. He caught most of his fish on the dropshot. His co-angler, meanwhile, roped an 18-pound limit fishing behind him, which is one of the dangers when fishing deep. The bank-runners weren't necessarily threatened by co-angling, due to boat position, but Martin was fully exposed.
Day 3 delivered different conditions again – this time similar to day 1. Martin threw the swimbait in his primary area, ran deep brush with multiple presentations and weighed a stout 16-pound bag to regain the tournament lead.
On the final day, Martin's primary area was clearly dwindling. He had about 12 pounds and on a whim, turned in to briefly try a topwater. He only had one topwater in his boat – an old bait with rusted hooks, he said. It caught him a 3-pounder, which gave him 2 pounds on the cull. It was at that point when he finally thought he may have won, because his closest competitors would now need to catch 18 pounds.