Troy Stokes Fishing

Fishing Revolutions


Gun Lake Opener

Posted on May 28, 2009 at 9:30 PM

This past weekend, May 23rd, I decided to test my skills and enter into a team tournament, as an individual contestant. I pre-fished the day before and found that the majority of largemouth had already spawned and were guarding fry. I quickly deducted that it would be easy to catch a limit shallow but that I might have to go deep to catch some bigger fish. I had some success fishing deep, but the fish seemed to be about the same size. Gun Lake is known to have big weights from spawning smallmouth in the spring and so I decided to hit the sandy rocky edges out in the lake. It was windy and overcast, so I could not see beds very good but I did catch a few smallmouth on a jerkbait. Once again the smallmouth were about the same size as the largemouth I was catching and so I decided that it would probably be to my advantage to fish largemouth all day.

        The tournament was from 6 AM- Noon, so I was up very early in preparation for take-off. For my start spot,  I decided to hit a small area that I felt had some quality fish. In about ten minutes I caught a limit of keeper bass and was excited because now I could focus on catching a bigger fish. I hit a few areas that I felt could possibly hold a big postspawn bass, and I culled out a few fish, but not the big bass I was looking for. I continued catching keepers throughout the day and adding ounces to my weight but I just couldn't seem to get that big bite. I stayed shallow most of the day and hit a few key areas that had some deeper water and could hold a big postspawn bass. I finished up the day with 9.76 lbs. good for tenth place. It ended up that the smallmouth gurus had found the bigger spawners and had caught limits of fish averaging two pounds. It took thirteen pounds to win the tournament, but I had one of the biggest bags of largemouth weighed in. Overall it was a great day out fishing, and since there were forty two man teams competing against me, I really had a respectable finish.

-Troy Stokes

Categories: N.B.A.A. Divisions

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