May 5th & 6th Recap
I arrived at Roosevelt Lake in Arizona for the second southern WON Bass Pro/AM event and the 4th combined event overall. During the first day of practice I spent a lot of time looking for the spawning fish that were rumored to be everywhere. After 5 hours of looking with no luck on quality fish I came to my conclusion that most of the lake was post spawn and with that I started looking for reaction baits that would help me load the boat. During practice I caught a few quality fish on crank baits and Blade Runner Spinner Baits but top water was going to be my weapon of choice.
Day 1 something changed dramatically for me and it was not the weather, it must have been the super bright full moon,.. I did manage to catch a quick limit on top water but the bites were far and few between. It was not until a few hours before weigh in that I decided to slow down and check a few points that treated me well in last year’s FLW event. I was lucky enough to find one that had some quality fish on it. I culled one fish right away and then my co-angler hooked up with our best fish of the day. We went to the scales with 11.98lbs good for 12th place on the first day.
Day 2 brought high hopes of improving on my first day bag,.. So I started with top water again and there were fish busting shad everywhere, unfortunately a lot of them would just slap the bait and not get hooked up, although I did manage to catch our best two fish in the first hour. The rest of the morning was very slow until the wind picked up in the early afternoon and then the top water bite was back on. We caught about 20 fish in the last few hours but no size. My second day weight was just under 10lbs dropping me to a 17th place finish.
The good news is that I extended my WON Bass Diawa Cup angler of the year points lead to 38 over second place with two events left. I want to thank WON Bass and all there staff for putting on another quality ran tournament. I would also like to thank my sponsors Top This, Phoenix Boats, Mercury Marine, Lowrance Electronics, Delta Marine Sales, Blade Runner Tackle, TNT Baits, Fisherman’s Warehouse, Basstrix Lures, Power Poles, EPT’s and Arena Tow.