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BASS Elite Series #1 - Lake Seminole, Bainbridge GA
By KDove - Published April 28, 2014 - Viewed 1633 times
I started out looking for any grass out off the bank in mid-depth locations. I figured the spawn was mostly behind due to the very cold winter we had all been experiencing. Grass, cold water and pre-spawn bass go together like peanut butter and jelly, it just works. I fished my lipless crankbait, an iMA Rock’in-Vibe, and caught several fish but the vibrating jig, such as a chatterbait, was catching the giants! That first day I had well over 26 lbs of fish for my best 5 and that included 2 monsters of 7 lbs, 9 oz and 8 lbs, 6oz. I didn’t get many bites but I felt I was starting to build on something. I had changed things up quite a bit that first practice day just assessing the conditions. I decided to spend day 2 fishing off shore grass attempting to locate more giants! On Day 2 of practice after fishing 6 hours off-shore and 1 2-lber to show for it I decided to move up to the bank and I found several bedding fish. The warm front that we were experiencing seemed as if it would push up enough fish on beds to make at least the first day or two of the tournament a good sight fishing pattern. I really enjoy that style of fishing and would plan on taking advantage of those shallow and visible fish. My 3rd day of practice I located some additional areas of bedding fish and worked to locate some potentially isolated areas that I thought less competitors would seek out. I did find some more fish and looked forward to fishing bedding bass on Day 1 of the event. But only after I worked over the off-shore area I located on Day 1, especially while the sun was still low in the morning sky.
A fog delay for about 2 hours greeted us on Day 2. The anticipation was high but I knew I just had to buckle down and do my thing. I started my day picking off a few sight fish I left after Day 1 and had decent start early.
I then began to catch any fish I saw and after 2 more hours I boated my fifth keeper, but I knew I was on the bubble of the needed weight to make the cut. I fished and fished and made a few small culls - a very important one in the last 10 minutes of the day.
I ended Day 2 in 50th place! The final spot to make the cut and move on to day 3!
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