Sunday, March 17, 2019

Cold Morning - March 17th, 2019

It was a cold but productive morning . Air temps in the 20’s and water temps ay 45z I caught all my fish early. Wind picked up and fish stopped hitting at nine or so. I caught all my fish relating to wood, with deeper water nearby. I caught a nice limit quickly, saw some awesome nature, abut failed to land any monsters. Still yet it was a fun morning. 
Total Fish = 8
Minutes per Fish = 24.6
Biggest Fish = 15.25”
Best 5 Fish = 73.0”

Saturday, March 9, 2019

March Snow Bass - March 9th, 2019

Post cold front bass are tough. Catching bass during a cold front is even tougher. I fished 2 hours today at Moncove before the wind and mid 30’s temps ran me off. I wish I had stayed longer. But at least I did not get skunked. 
Fish Total = 1
Fish Lenhth 14.25”
Minutes per fish = 120

Saturday, March 2, 2019

First Limit of 2019 - March 2nd, 2019

I got my first limit of bass for the WVKA quarterly online tournament. I fished from 6:30am until 11:15am on a balmy 38 degree day with some moderate wind. The water surface temps stayed right around 42 degrees. I caught my fish surprising shallow most in 3 to 7” of water near wood with access to deep water close by. Ned rigs did all the heavy lifting in PB and J and yoga pants.

Distance Floated = 2.9 miles
Total Fish = 6 
Minutes per fish = 40.6 
Biggest Fish = 16.25”
Best Five Fish = 73.5” 

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

First Bass of 2019

Cold February weather gave way to this nice 60 degree day. Water temps of 38 to 42 made for some slow fishing. I managed four fish between 13.5 to 15.75” in 4 hours of fishing. I had a good time and enjoyed the peace nature can bring. These fish we sluggish and hit very softly. They where farther off but close to brush or wood. 
Miles floated = 1.5
Total Fish = 4
Biggest Fish = 15.75”
Best Five Fish = 57.75”
Minutes per fish = 60 

Saturday, December 29, 2018

2018 Year In Review

2018 was a great follow up to 2017 fishing wise and 2017 was a year the likes of which  I do not think I could ever duplicate. 
On the year I fished 52 days landing 749 fish for an average of 14.4 fish per trip. 14.4 fish per trip is down rom 16.7 in 2017. 
  My minutes per fish median for 2018 was 16.15 minutes per fish catch. I fished approximately 201.6 total hours in 2018. That figure does not include drive or prep time only time on the water. That is the equivalent of fishing 8.4 days around the clock. In other words I fish 2.3% of 2018. 
In regards to bass fishing my best five fish average on the year was 64.5” making my average keep length throughout the year 12.9”.  Remarkably last years average best five fish limit throughout the year was nearly the exact same at 64.47” with an average keeper size of 12.89”. A net increase of 0.01” on the average keep length compared to 2017. 
  As far as tournaments this year I was able to pull off two wins;one SCKBA and one WVKA event. I finished the year off with a head to head live tournament record 1230 wins and 105 losses. I finished the year with an overall 91.4% win percentage and an in state win % of 92.1%which down from an in  state win % of 96.1in 2017. 
I finished 3rd in Angler of the Year Standings in the WVKA missing 2nd by one point out of 776 points and missing 1st by 11 points. I literally had a fish break me off at the Jackson County Shootout that had I landed I believe would have given me enough points with defend my 2017 WVKA AOY title. But that is fishing and Joe Farley earned his way by me to take the top honors. I did capture the SCKBA AOY title for 2018. 
I plan to fish WVKA and SCKBA again in 2019. I am very excited about utilizing the Anglr software for my data tracking for the entire 2019 campaign. I expect to see a much deeper data dive this time next year and hope to be able to use that data to make some changes for the better. 

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Fur and Fins Thanksgiving Day - November 22nd, 2018

Although quick and to the point I had a wonderful Thanksgiving morning in Grant County. I started at daylight and saw deer as soon as there was enough light to shoot. The first three I saw had no back drop and O couldn’t get a safe shot. A few minutes later I got an offhand shot at about 65 yards and made a nice hit double lunging an adult doe as the sun was rising. I quickly changed gears after field dressing my doe and went to fishing for native brook trout. I hooked several and landed a few in the course of an hour. Pretty awesome morning away from work and still lots of time to spend with family. 

Sunday, November 18, 2018

November Squirrel Afternoon - November 14th, 2018

I took advantage to a rare midweek day off to go spend an afternoon in the squirrel woods. I elected to take Dad’s 870 for senimental reasons over a .22. It was a perfect day. Cool, front coming in, no wind, just a touch of moisture on the Forrest floor so you could sneak around quietly. Finding a limit was almost too easy. I sat 13 and killed 6 in under 90 minutes. I had 5 one shot kills and one two shot kill. The afternoon was so nice I didn’t want to go in so I walked around awhile longer after my hunt ended. Saw 8 deer including 2 spikes and a handful more of squirrels. I really need to find more time to spend in the woods on days like today in my overly busy life. 

Monday, November 5, 2018

Cold November Mist - November 5th, 2018


I only had a couple hours to fish but this place has been good to me this year when I had to make my time really count. I got to the lake on a cold misty breezy November morning about an hour behind schedule at 7:45am. I had 3 fish by 8:00. I went on to catch 10 in a shade under 2 hours, not bad for cold water November largemouth Bass. The biggest was 17.25”. Once again the Ned Rig did the heavy lifting. 
Total Fish = 10
Biggest Fish = 17.25”
Best Five Fish = 68.5”
Minutes per fish = 11.6 

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Stonewalled WVKA 2018 Finale - October 13th, 2018

Going into the final WVKA event of the year I had a marginal points lead in the AOY race but I had to do well to upgrade my points total. You get to drop your lowest finish and for me that was a 12th place at Jackson County. We had falling water and a 25 degree drop in temps and some wind. I knew I had to do well to upgrade my status. I fished deep and slow all day getting only 4 bites. I did loos a 18+” inch fish that could have moved me up from 22nd to 12. But even that would not have helped all that much. I gave it my best but at the end of the day lost my streak of always catching a limit that dates back to June of 2016, probably 30 tournaments in all. On a brighter note Harper and I fished together and some how managed to win 1st place in the two man team event with only 66.5”. There is a record that may stand the test of time...lowest inches total to ever win a WVKA 2 man teams event. Interestingly Joe Farley won this event on top water in fishing stained yo shallow water even in the face of a cold front. He said he only got 6 bites but it was enough to win by a 22” margin of victory and win the tournament and most likely Angler of the Year. 
Total Fish Caught = 2
Biggest Fish = 13.5”
Best Five = 22.5” 
Order of finish 22nd out of 43
Minutes per Fish = 240*