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The 2014 Elite Season Final Stop – Cayuga Lake

NYI’d never been to Cayuga prior to the official practice period for this last full-field Elite Series tournament of the year, but I knew that the lake was going to pump out some 20-pound-plus stringers and that it had a lot of grass (both shallow and deep) in the upper third of the lake. It also has a lot of docks. Therefore I was excited and confident that it would fish to my strengths.

On the first day of practice, I had an excellent day fishing a big Lunker Lure jig out in the grass in 12 to 14 feet of water. One stretch in particular treated me exceptionally well, and I hit the water on the second day of practice looking to expand on that promising start. As that second day progressed, and into the third day, the jig bite gradually got weaker and weaker. It never went away altogether, but increasingly I turned to a crankbait and a Senko with a 3/16 ounce tungsten weight to figure things out. The Senko seemed to be the most consistent producer.

I spent the final day of practice plying some of the well-known community holes to try and figure out if they’d hold up during competition. On the first day of the tournament, I ran to one of those areas and it proved to be even more crowded than I’d expected – there were probably 30 boats in one 200 yard stretch. I struggled early, catching one 14-inch bass pretty quickly, but then struggling for a while. The crowd got to me mentally, and eventually I had to make a move to get away from them. The other thing that complicated my efforts was the, at-times, violent storms that rolled through the area. read more…

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  • Bay de Noc -

    Deb & I finally made it to Ensanaba MI getting ready to start practice for the AOY Championship. I’m really excited about the opportunity to catch huge small mouth, but the wind is going to present some challenges as it always does here.  I have all the big water essentials packed – drift socks, flares, paddles & a large bottle of Motrin.

  • Preparing for big water. -

    Deb and I have spent the last couple weeks grinding on final house details getting ready to breakground this fall.  Now it’s time to pack & head to the AOY Championship on Bay-La-Noc. Been a while sice I’ve fished big water – had to dig out my drift socks and buy new flares.

  • They smoked’em today -

    I was fairly confident coming in today that I was setting pretty good that’s until I saw all the big sacks being weighed in….they whacked’ed them today. I setting pretty close to the 50 cut bubble so I’ll need to upgrade or at least remain consistent tomorrow – I’ll be in at 3:00 EST.

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