FLW Choo Choo BFL - Stop 1 Lake Guntersville
Stop 1 at Lake Guntersville had its highs and lows. I am going to keep it short and sweet. I was guiding all week for the Rat L Trap tournament clients, so naturally I got tuned into a solid trap bite. The Friday before the tournament I had to sell a boat that morning. I got on the water at noon and fished for 3 hours. I decided to check my deep pattern.
The result.... a 4lber on every stop I made. Of course my head is now in a pretzel... Do I go deep or shallow... I couldn't decide so on sticking to one thing, so I opted to blend the two together. I was on a decent morning trap bite so I would start off with that, switch to a deep bite mid day, then go back to trapping once the sun pulls some bigger females up to sun themselves.
Morning started out with tons of fish... only they weren't keepers. The bucks moved in big time. Caught at least 50 fish in the morning with only 2 keepers by 1030AM. Then I go deep thinking if I get a couple decent 4lbers I can try for a big girl in the afternoon. My co angler catches a four lb fish off one of the stops. That hurt. In the end I could have used that one! lol. None of the deep fishing yields a keeper. Caught 4 shorts. I move shallow the last hour.
Stop 1 with trap no fish. Stop 2 I get SLAMMED throwing a strike king 1/2 ounce red eye. I Power-Pole down, and begin to make repeated casts to the same spot. On the third cast the rod loads and doesn't move... Then a giant comes up cart wheeling in the air. I fight it for a good minute as it keeps diving under the boat, and I feel a hook break. Started to slightly panic. I even told my co I felt a hook break. As he comes up my awesome co goes deep with the net and comes up with a 7lber! We high five and try to keep the train rolling. However that was my last fish.
I weighed in 11 something with 3 fish. My first keeper came on an alabama rig with the new True Bass Swimbaits "The Minner" 3.5. Second keeper actually came on a buzzbait!
Until next time...