The 5th Elite Stop – Toledo Bend Texas

Toledo Bend 2016After finishing 2nd at Toledo Bend in 2014, I was excited to go back, especially since I knew that the record high water would have a sizeable number of fish up shallow. Nevertheless, I wasn’t quite prepared for how high the water would be and how much of it would be behind the bushes, which put a bunch of fish even shallower than I was prepared to go.

For the first few days of practice I tried to fish out in the 10 foot range and cover a lot of water with my heavy Lunker Lure jig. I got plenty of bites doing it, but the size wasn’t there. On top of that, it was windy and cloudy, so I didn’t know how the flipping fish would react when the weather changed for the better.  With that in mind I spent some time out deep and I’m glad that I did because the offshore fish became an integral part of my tournament strategy.

The first day of the tournament was sunny, and I figured that would help me but it would also require some adjustments. I started on a couple of schools out deep in the 15 to 25 foot range, fishing a Lunker Lure Football Head Jig, a Rapala DT20 and a Strike King 10XD. On my third stop, I caught two 6 pounders in three casts and by 10 o’clock I had a limit that weighed 16 or 17 pounds in the livewell. read more…

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  • A much needed break. -

    It has been one whirlwind of a season so far and three weeks at home is much needed right now.  I have some sponsor obligations to fulfill, but some R & R and regrouping is on the schedule before heading to Texoma for BASSfest.

  • Moving on to day-3. -

    With a limit of 13-1, unfortunately I slid a little and landed in 21st place. I have ground to make up today, but with only 3-pounds and change separating me from the top-12 cut its completely doable. Weigh-in starts at 3:00.

  • Great start on the Bend -

    The wind finally laid down & I was able to capitalize on the bite that I wasn’t able to check in practice. Yesterday’s bright blue skies certainly helped, too. The weather is changing up slightly for Friday, but I have a couple extra hours to fish. Due in at 4:00.

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