Yesterday I competed in my second tournament of the season on the BronzeBack Bassers tournament trail. This report includes a quick summary of each event.
June 10/12 - Porters Lake
This particular lake is usually tough to figure out and many anglers refer to it as "hit or miss". The smallmouth bass in this lake tend to move around alot and will always be in a different location than the last time making it a tough bite most times. However, this lake has some of the largest smallmouth bass in Nova Scotia and its not uncommon for 4 lbers to make an appearance at the weigh ins.
During this tournament to say it was a "tough bite" would be an understatement. Only the winning team was able to bring in a 5 fish limit to the scales. My partner and myself had 3 bites/fish all day and one of those fish was too short to keep. Our two fish that we weighed in was enough for a 4th place finish. Did I mention it was a "tough bite"? lol Our fish were caught using wacky rigged Lunkersticks and dragging 4" Spicy Tubes. Congrats to follow NPS Amateur Pro member Gord Bird on his 2nd place finish (also with just 2 fish).
July 2/12 - Shortts Lake
This lake is known for its large population of Chain Pickeral and good smallmouth fishing. Shortts Lake has lots of submergent vegetation which provide lots of ambush locations for larger fish to lay and wait for an easy meal.
Very light winds and hot sunny conditions made it a tough day for most anglers competing in this event but some teams managed to figure it all out and bring some nice fish to the scales. Congrats to fellow NPS Prostaff member Mark Weare on winning the event. My partner and I managed to put together a 5 fish limit which resulted in a 5th place finish. We caught fish using Lunkerhunt Swim'n'Jerks, wacky rigged Lunkersticks and other various soft plastics. Our largest fish was caught by my partner when he noticed the Lowrance finder was marking some fish at the back of the boat. He said, "I wish I had a drop shot rigged." I passed him one of my rods I had already rigged with a 1/4 oz drop shot weight and a 3 inch Perch colored Lunkerhunt Bento (see pics above). He tossed the drop shot rig behind the boat and then he spoke those three words I always enjoy hearing when fishing tournaments, "GET THE NET!!" lol
In addition to cash prize for lunker (biggest fish) smallmouth this event had a cash prize for lunker Chain Pickeral. Early in the morning I was able to hook into a Chain Pickeral weighing 3.9lb and was 28.5 inches long(pic above). This brute was caught on a wacky rigged Lunkerstick but lost the lunker award to another 3.9 lber that was just 1/2 inch longer at 29 inches. Doh!! So close but just not enough. lol Maybe next time.........