Troy Stokes Fishing

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FLW College Fishing Opener

Posted on May 16, 2009 at 3:38 PM

The FLW College Fishing Tour had its opening tournament for the Central division on May 9th, 2009. The tournament was held on Kentucky and Barkley lakes in Gilbertsville, Kentucky. As you may know already, I am the president of Collegiate Bass Fishing at CMU and was competing in the tournament with Kevin Finkbeiner representing Central Michigan University. Going into the tournament I felt very confident since I had competed in some large tournaments on the lakes before and conditions were looking to be good for shallow flipping. The water temperature was about 66 degrees and the water had been rising for a few days previous to the tournament. In these events pre-fishing is off limits for the entire week before the event and so I had to use only my previous knowledge on the lakes to devise a game plan. The weather in the morning was comfortably warm and I was able to wear shorts and my jersey for take off. We were boat number two and immediately ran to a spot that I was confident that we could pull out at least a few keepers. Well much to my surprise we got to the spot and I realized that the water had risen so much the past few days that we were no longer able to get to the spot due to an obstruction. I decided to fish the perimeter of the area and caught a few small fish but was not able to get to the key areas that would hold the numbers of quality bass. I then decided to run to an arm in a nearby creek and fish some good bushes and trees. Once again this area only produced a couple small fish. I saw a three pounder cruising around the perimeter of a bush but was unable to get the fish to bite. The rest of the day we hit key areas that I had previously caught quality bass, but were unable to hookup with any keeper fish. Flipping deep into the centers of the bushes seemed to be the most productive pattern of the day but we could not find the bigger fish that we needed. Overall it was a good day out on the water but we just could not seem to find the quality fish that Kentucky Lake holds. Only two teams out of forty weighed in a limit of bass, and the winning team had twelve pounds and fifteen ounces. The weigh in proved that it was a very tough day out on the water since most teams had only caught one keeper bass. I would like to thank Central Michigan University and FLW for making the college tour a great tournament. It was very organized and professional, and I can't wait for the next FLW College Fishing tournament, which is held on the Detroit River. For a full list of results and press release from FLW, visit

-Troy Stokes

Categories: FLW College Fishing Tour

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