WON BASS CLASSIC CHAMPIONSHIP LAKE MEAD NOVEMBER 2010
Day 1 –
I drew the veteran pro, Todd Woods. The night before, at partner pairing, he told me we would be on a reaction bite and I looked at him in dismay and said “You’re kidding me – I haven’t caught any reaction fish in 2 days.” He said the water I’m fishing, the bass are on a reaction bite. As I loaded my gear into his boat, I ran back into the houseboat to grab my chatter bait tackle box. We blasted off and proceeded to his 1st stop. Todd told me to be ready for a back up bait for any followers. While he was throwing his reaction bait – a wake bait – I followed behind him throwing the 00B Gitzit, waiting to see who got the first bite. We were in a large cove as we worked our way around, neither of us enticing any strikes. We came upon some shallow cuts in the back of the cove, which was very similar to what I had fished on Day 3 of the US Open. I set the tube down and picked up my Brush Buster, the same one I used at the US Open, and BAM! Our 1st keeper was in the live well. We moved to Todd’s 2nd location, targeting the back of the coves. Todd had a nice large mouth following his wake bait, and he yelled “Chris - back up bait”! So I picked up the Gitzit. I set down the chatter bait, picked up the Gitzit, threw it in where he last saw the fish, waited, nothing happened. Todd picked up his Gitzit, tossed it in, sets the hook and reels in a nice small mouth for keeper #2. We don’t know what happened to the largemouth.
We proceeded to fish throughout the day with a similar pattern, targeting back pockets and coves and Todd’s wake bait connected with another nice small mouth for fish #3. We pulled into what was spot 5 or 6 by now, and in quick succession; the Brush Buster put 2 more keepers in the boat. We had our limit somewhere between 12 and 1:00 in the afternoon. We fished for the next couple of hours to no avail. We proceeded to head back to Calville. Todd pulled up on a spot with another 20 minutes to go, and the Brush Buster put another nice keeper in the boat, which culled. After our high fives, we headed to the scales with a 5 bass limit – weighing 8.44 pounds, which put us both in 11th place after Day 1.
I drew Tim Blanchard, an accomplished professional and one who I consider a local, since he’s based out of Havasu and is very familiar with the lakes on the Colorado River.
We went to his 1st location, and I started the day off with the Brush Buster and the first stretch produced 3 shorts. We worked our way to the back of the bay, Tim was drop shotting. I noticed a couple of big boulders with a space between the 2, and put the Brush Buster down and picked up the 00B, dropped it into the crack, and hoisted out a nice 2 pounder. I kept the Gitzit in hand, picked up another short. Tim worked hard with the dropshot, but to no avail.
We continued to run and gun, with him throwing his dropshot relentlessly as I alternated between the Brush Buster and the Gitzit and my spinner baits. Time ran out and all we could muster to the scales were 2 bass for 2.98 pounds.
WON BASS GRAND FINALE DELTA OCTOBER 2010
Excitement was due to the Angler of the Year race between Geoff Peterson and myself. I knew I had my work cut out because Geoff is a tough adversary and I’m coming into this tournament with a 2 point deficit in the Angler of the Year race.
We proceeded to Little Frank’s and started to fish some runways and Zach managed to put our 2nd fish in the boat. Meanwhile, everything I’m throwing, the bass are hitting but not eating. It was a long day with very few bites – the total opposite of Day 1. We ran south and we ran north to fish some of Zach’s favorite grass beds to punch. He positioned the boat so he could punch, while I concentrated on throwing my arsenal on the outside grass line. That worked for producing bites and getting bass in the boat, but all I could produce were shorts.