I had an awesome week down at Lake Dardanelles preparing for the FLW BFL Regional. My first day of practice I found some really good fish hanging around the shore grass as the lake was quite a bit higher than I have ever fished before. My best way to catch them was with Omega Swim Jig with a Beaver trailer. I had to keep it moving to get a bite. My second day was when I stumbled on to some really big fish way up river behind some islands off the main channel. I found a couple of patches of Lilly pads loaded with bait and the fish were blowing up on them. I poled down for about an hour until I I finally found out how to catch them--I thought.I caught 2 in a row on a Chatterbait tipped with a white Beaver and left. The next day I found another similar spot but once again could not get them to commit on a bait. I finally decided to go big and it worked as I saw 2 over 5 lbs eat my Chatterbait this time tipped with,a Zoom swim bait---I had a piece of tubing over my hook as to not actually hook the fish. On the next day I found another pattern that I never did get to try in the tournament--but was actually quite solid as the gentleman who finished second told me,that that was how he caught them. There were some of really heavy matted grass on the shore that if it had enough water under it was a prime spot for some good ones as I had a six pounder and another few bites under the matts of heavy vegetation.
“No fish…I zeroed” would be repeated throughout the day and the evening as fellow anglers, friends, family and co-workers from around the world would check in to see how I had done on day one. It made it hard to put it behind me and focus on day two. I know the fish are out there…the leader board was polluted with the usual suspects…. Jason Lambert “The Hammer” lead after day one.
Omega Prostaff and FLW Tour Rookie Evan Barnes heads for stop Six.
"10:45 at night...10 hours into the drive to La Crosse...It's uphill, the whole way..."