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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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    BASS texted early a.m. that our fishing day would be shortened due to high winds. The second text came five seconds after launching…Day-2 of competition, cancelled. So, we all loaded up and headed  to breakfast.  It was a good call, because the wind kicked up quick with white caps rolling in by 8:30.

  • A nice limit of brownies -

    Having a 5-5 kicker fish in my bag certainly helped round out my 17-2 limit, which landed me in 22nd place for day 1. The weather is going to turn ugly tomorrow & Saturday, it’s highly likely that fishing will be suspended until Sunday.  If not, I’ll hit the scales around 4:00 est.

  • It’s gonna be chilly! -

    We have frost advisories for tomorrow morning in the U.P.  Michigan. It’s’ goons be a cold run on Bay de Noc. I had a good practice, but this tournament is going to be a game of timing. Let’s hope I roll up on a school of smallies at the right time. Boat #13 due in at 3:45 est.

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