I just wrapped up the last of my tournaments for 2016. The first one being on Fort Gibson in Wagoner, OK. Then on to Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. I didn't finish as well in either of these tournaments as I was hoping. However these were the first two tournaments with my new supporting sponsor Simms and the fully wrapped boat and truck.
Fort Gibson was as stingy as it was the last time that I was there. This impoundment has had my number twice and I hope that it is a while til i am back fishing there. I had four fish on day one and every single one of them came off of a brush pile the size of the desk I am currently writing on. When I first pulled up to the brush pile I did not get bit on my first 10 casts. Then I proceeded to circle the brush pile and cast a magnum trick worm over and into it for multiple casts until I caught the first one. This goes to show you that just because you fish a piece of structure without a bite that you should always move right on. I caught one keeper out of the pile on my first circle around it and then I would alternate to two other brush piles in the vacinity. all day long I kept bouncing from pile to pile and I would catch a bass on almost every pass on each pile. The problem is that many of the fish I was catching were a half an inch too short to weigh. I did hook a large bass right before I had to leave but she jumped off right as she was at the boat so I only was able to bring four to the tanks. The next day saw a serious shift in the wind and the bite really softened in my main area. I was only able to bring two fish to weight that day making for a disappointing tournament for me..... But I did learn something. I need to find more spots on a lake that notoriously fishes small like Gibson. Live and Learn.
My last tournament of the season was on Lake of the Ozarks. Talk about a monster! This lake was one of the biggest that I have ever fished. This tournament was all about docks, docks, and more docks. The first day I fished a section of the lake that had produced some nice fish in practice. I did not catch em very good on the first day but on day 2 after the pressure was off I was able to weigh a limit. Again... These two tournaments showed me that in the fall it is very important to have a lot of spots so that you can keep moving and covering water! I can't wait till next year and next fall!