Without any experience on Winyah Bay or its nearby rivers to rely upon, I went into the second Elite Series tournament of the year with an open mind. I knew that all of the good fishing was going to be a long distance away, typically an hour or more, and would require crossing big water to get there. Over the years I’ve confronted many such situations, and the lessons that I’ve taken away are that you’d better be dialed into the bite and if you’re fishing multiple spots they all need to be relatively close to one another.
I spent my entire practice period in the Cooper River which is reportedly the best quality fishery. There was one area in particular that seemed to have the most appealing vegetation and not coincidentally it also produced the most bites. With a stop for fuel, it was going to take 2 hours to get there and then an hour and 45 minutes to get back, so it was critical to maximize my fishing time once I got there.
In practice I’d done the most damage with my typical Florida setup – a 7’11 extra-heavy Lew’s Custom Lite rod, a Lew’s Super Duty reel and 50 lb. Gamma Torque braid. That’s the rig you need to flip a 1 ½ ounce Reins Tungsten weight with a Missile Baby D Bomb all day. I was dialed in on a particular type of vegetation and by picking it apart I was getting 10 to 20 bites in the typical 12 hour practice day. They bit better on the slack to outgoing tide but I wasn’t going to get as much of that as I’d like. read more…
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Long practice days on Wheeler Lake it has been a little spotty can’t quite put my finger on the big bite yet, but I’m looking forward to getting after it tomorrow and see what happens. Luckily boat #13 due in at 3:00.
- Tight Turn-a-round -
Sunday the Bull Shoals/Norfork event ended and Monday morning practice on Wheeler Lake in Alabama started, which gave us little time to even catch some shuteye. It’s been a while since I’ve fished this system and it can be tough. I’m looking forward to getting after it and seeing what I can cookup.
- Long fog delay but brought 5 to the scale. -
Long delay this morning but caught 11-5 and sitting within the 50 cut. Boat #34 tomorrow on Bull Shoals due in at 3:20. Need to find a few kicker fish to stay in the game.