Congratulations to Bryan Klinger on his 1st place finish!
Well this is the third 4th place finish in a row for Dist 122. Not what i've set my goals for but i guess i'll take it, consistency is always good! Sooner has been very good for about the last three weeks. Bryan Klinger and i went down there last Sunday and caught good fish throughout the entire lake. I caught two 5+lbs fish on the warm water side that were shallow that i felt like were probably up spawning. Then we decided to head out to the cold side. After fishing several spots and boating three keeper Saugeye (that went in the box for the next nights supper) we were about to leave and stumbled onto a location and pattern that ended up putting several 3-4 pound fish in the boat. Looking forward to going again i decided to attend the Wednesday Night Jackpot with a last minute decision. I struggled and didn't even boat a fish until 8:00pm with a 8:30pm weigh-in. The fish i had found Sunday were not there anymore and i was running and gunning looking for active fish. The last spot i pulled up to i boated the winning 3 fish stringer of 16 1/2lbs with Big Bass of 7.13lbs. As they say NEVER GIVE UP! Obviously i was looking forward to the following ABA tournament on Saturday, especially since my freind Bryan's wife caught a 10+ on Friday evening. Tournament day i decided to stick with the pre-spawn pattern that i had found. These fish are healthier and weigh better. With the 30+ mph winds they were not cooperating and most the spots i had found them on were just unfishable. I ended up abandoning that pattern and switching to the shallow spawning pattern. After about an hour of figuring them out i was able to stumble on a pattern that put 5 keepers in the boat. They just didn't weigh enough. I went back out to the cold water and fished for the pre-spawners again. I was able to cull one fish, but it just wasn't fishable water with the winds. I went back to the shallow spawning fish with one hour left and culled one more fish. I ended up with 16 and change with no big fish, they were all cookie cutter bank runners. Congratulations to Bryan Klinger and his 20+ pound limit for 1st place!