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BASS Philly EventThe reality of the challenge of fishing the Delaware River didn’t hit me until just a few months before the tournament was slated to start. I talked to Mike Iaconelli, the hometown favorite and a veteran of this fishery, and he told me that 12 pounds a day would be the golden ticket.

I knew it was going to be tough, but I also felt that the river was set up to fish the way I like to fish – there would be eelgrass and hydrilla and milfoil, so I kept up a good attitude and thought that I’d figure something out. The one hitch would be the violent tide swing, up to 9 feet. I’ve never experienced something that drastic, and until practice was underway, I didn’t realize how short the optimal window would be. Typically, you want to be on your best stuff at a low, outgoing tide, and that doesn’t last all that long on the Delaware. Making it tougher, that optimal zone got a bit later each day, and with a short day on the third day of practice, it was impossible to run around and check lots of places out at their best. It makes you pick an area and commit to it, which is hard to do on a system you don’t know all that well.

Even though the fish population was small, I was confident that if I got around the right group of fish I could wait out a decent bag. I wasn’t going to run the tide because that probably meant trips of 60 or 70 miles into the unknown. Practice was a grind – I got five bites the first day, none the second day and two the last day. With the exception of one fish close to two pounds that jumped all over a frog, I didn’t see any of them because I was afraid to set the hook and burn up a fish I might need during competition. read more…

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    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.

  • Boat #86 -

    Late takeoff tomorrow morning on Cayuga due in at 3:45 EST. I’ve had a good practice so far and the lake is playing to my strengths. The weather will be a little bit of a mixed bag but no cold fronts like rolled in on Tuesday….46-degress gave them a little bit if lockjaw. I’m ready to get at it!

  • Cayuga time -

    I had a great week off but now it’s time for the last season event. I’ve never fished the fingerling lakes, but I’m ready to get after it tomorrow & see what I can piece together.

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