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My partner and I had an AWESOME final day on Kentucky Lake. We were very worried after our first stop yielded zero bass, and then finding the fourth place team (who ended up winning) at our second spot where we had started on day 2. Turns out, Colorado (the winners), and ourselves, had been fishing the same >5acre >5feet cove every day of the event, with lots of big fish coming from it. We were fishing the same water with a different technique. I threw a 3/8oz chartreuse and white war eagle spinnerbait, and my partner would follow up with either a senko or shakey head. The Colorado team was throwing floating  5" chrome and silver jerkbaits!!! I couldn't believe it, but we watched them do it, and they caught some nice ones. 

On the final day, we could tell the lake had dropped about a foot, and the bass were no longer in the bushes like they had been. So we pulled out to the mouth of the cove and fan casted with the spinnerbait, and a big bandit squarebill. We put 4 in the boat around 2-3.5lbs before leaving, and the Colorado team in the back of the cove was catching some very nice fish. We caught our 5th keeper at another location and pretty much thought we had done all we could do. My partner and I said we would go fish some rock bluffs for smallmouth and just have fun on the final day.

On our way to the bluffs, I said "lets hit that spot we fished this morning one more time". We pulled into the cove and I started working the same area with the spinnerbait that the 4 fish came from in the morning. A fish crushes my spinnerbait and after a few nerve wracking moments, we netted the 5lb largemouth. We were ecstatic! At this point we decided we would hang out at this spot for a while longer. The mouth of the cove produced no more bass so we moved into the back of it. There was a small stickup in about 3 FOW that I caught a decent fish off of on day 1, so I picked up my drop shot rod and tossed to it. The line started swimming towards me so I picked up the slack and leaned into the fish. It wouldn't move, I didn't even think it was a bass. I chased the fish around for a while on the troling motor and then she jumped, another 5lb class largemouth! She ran back to the stick I caught her off of, and wrapped me around it once. I stepped on the trolling motor and managed to get the fish out of the stick. A few jumps later we slid the fish into the net!

We caught a few more fish in the cove but none that would cull. We decided to head back early to get our fished checked, because unfortunately the 85-90 degree water is rough on bass in the livewell, no matter how hard your pumps are running or how much ice you can keep on them. We lost 3 of our 15 fish this week. I will say that running back early did save one of our five pound fish, she was having a hard time but once we parked in the shade and got ice on her, she recovered. 

The weigh in was a nail biter! We brought in an 18lb, 9oz limit of bass. They weighed from 12th to 1st and since we were 10th, we had to watch everyone else weigh and hope our weight held! We sat on the hot seat for a few places, but Colorado bumped us out with a 16lb, 11oz bag of fish, a mere 12oz over what they needed! Once we got to the top 4 boats, we just knew we were going to get bumped. 2nd place on day 1 had a 7lb advantage, and 1st had a 9lb advantage. We were stunned when both teams failed to bring a limit to the scales, I think each had 2 or 3 fish. A 2nd place finish was way more than I had expected, and even though it was such a close finish, I was happy to see the Colorado team win. They are both very respectable people, also, they fished the same event last year and didn't even weigh a fish! We talked with them for a long time after the weigh in about the magic cove and how many fish it produced. What was even more shocking, is that the fish they were catching in the back of it, were huge smallmouth! I know that no one could have predicted that the winning pattern would be fishing floating jerkbaits in the back of main lake coves, catching smallmouth! 

We learned a lot about the fishing industry this week. B.A.S.S. did not interview us until the final day when they pretty much had to, because we don't have jerseys covered in sponsors. We were almost the only team there that didn't look like nascar drivers with logos all over everything. Half of the boat captains had wrapped trucks that matched their wrapped boats! We talked to a team that didn't make the final day cut who said "well, there's a local tournament in the morning, and the entry fee is "only" $250 so we are just gonna fish that!" But it proves that anyone can do it. It's not about money, it's about fishing. 

I am going to try to do some sort of "road to the national championship" story on my blog, covering everything from out first (of three) state qualifying event, the state championship, and the national championship. That may take a while but I will post a link to it when I finish!

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Don't worry, we never forgot to have fun. Because that's why we fish.

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Way To Go ~ !

Really, Really Good.

Congratulations on your Championship Performance and Super write up about it.

Looking forward to reading your Blog post.

Question: Has your experience this week changed your perspective regarding "the fishing industry" and B.A.S.S. ?

 And if so How ?

Congrats Again

A-Jay

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Congratulations and good luck next year. What I admire most is your attitude. Keep it fun and don't ever lose sight of the fact that it's just fishing, not life or death or the end of the world if you do poorly. Enjoy the journey and best wishes in the future.

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Great story. Thanks! And congratulations!

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Congratulations on the great finish. 

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Great job! I always enjoy your trout fishing posts. Is you fishing partner on the forums or is he thinking about joining? 

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Great story, great finish & a great attitude. 

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2 hours ago, CenCal fisher said:

Great job! I always enjoy your trout fishing posts. Is you fishing partner on the forums or is he thinking about joining? 

He has an account but he never uses it. Everybody send him a PM haha @flakes

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Congrats man! That is awesome! 

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Great job guys. You learned a very important thing in this too. Stick to what you know and not what you should do. 

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Well done!! Major props to you and your partner!

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Great finish and great attitude!  Huge congrats, fellas!

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That's an amazing accomplishment!  Congratulations!

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Wow, congratulations!

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I have to say it...  You're well on your way to a jersey, man.  With your age and ability/knowledge level, the sky is the limit!  Keep up the great work!  

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that's incredible man!!  way to go!!

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Congratulations!

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Very nice work!  Congratulations!

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An absolutely amazing story young man and Congrats on a job well done to you both!!!

 

 

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