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WON BASS Pro-AM on Lake Mead

Posted by admin on October 26, 2011

LakeMead200.jpgJust got back from Lake Mead near Las Vegas for the WON BASS Pro-AM. Fun event. I was leading the event on day one and finished in third place overall and had big fish of the event.

I never fished on Lake Mead before so I gave myself 2.5 days to practice and learn it. All I knew was there was bushes in the water and 10lbs a day was a top5 finish on this lake historically. So here's how it went...

Practice
I didn't find much the first day. Caught about 40 fish but only 1 keepers...everything came on topwater and jigs. I was on to something but I need to change some stuff to get keeper bites. A good friend and a class act guy John Morrow told me at the ramp (on the second morning) to try running my pattern of the east side of the lake. I went out there and search around but only found one school of smallmouth but they were all really nice fish. I still wasn't on anything "special" but I was building on a topwater pattern. Last day of practice (half day) I ran around checking about 50 spots on the lake I marked randomly off Google Maps the night before. I found another 12-14 more schools of smallmouth (mixed with 100s of stripers). I knew I was on something good at that point but I didn't really know exactly how things would unfold during the event. I also switched to a bigger topwater that last day which ultimately was key to getting bigger bites.

Day 1
I launched in the last flight and ran directly to the schools I found. The bit was wide open in the morning so my plan was to try and hit 15 spots before 9am. First stop produced a nice 2lb smallie on my first cast. By 830am we had a decent limit, all on topwater. By 10am we had 11lbs or so; at that point I decided to lay off my schools and try to save fish for day two while scouting new water.

Around 1pm I found a school of largemouth and caught a 4.22lber on my first cast. That was the biggest fish of the tournament and I knew we'd have a good sack. On the last cast of the day, I caught another 2lb largemouth on topwater and culled again. I lead day 1 by around a pound or so.

Day 2
I stopped at one spot near the boat ramp (which I found on day 1 in the afternoon) and caught 2 keepers in 3 casts. Ran to my second spot and some desperate angler was sitting right on my spot...it was one of my best spots. This guy had 2 fish on day 1...was out of the tournament...I was in the lead...he didn't fish this spot at all on day 1 but he saw me there...and he was straight up robbing my spot. What a weirdo. I guess he was desperate for any kind of bite...so I left it to him and he sat on it all day long! WOW...nice guy. lol...

I quickly moved to my other schools and instantly boated our best fish of the day, a 2.5lb smallie on the next stop. I moved around a lot but my other fish had moved. They must have moved far too because I search but couldn't relocate them at all. The wind really picked up on day 2 and all my best stuff was getting blown out. Those schools of smallies must have followed some shad schools out of my areas and setup somewhere else; which is pretty common out West.

I wormed around the rest of the day and salvaged the day w/ an 8.5lb bag or so. It was a better than average bag, but not a good bag. I knew I lost the tournament once I couldn't relocate my fish.

I finished in 3rd place and w/ the tournament's biggest fish.

Not a bad way to begin closing out my year (only 2 tournaments left). I was glad to be fishing against some of the West's best pro's including Mike Folkstad, Justin Kerr, Tim Klinger, Roy Hawk, Dean Rojas, etc. These are all guys I grew up idolizing while in the Northwest. I was fortunate to have been able to hold my own against those guys and that's something to build on going forward.

Thanks for reading.

- "Its all about attitude" – KVD

Key Gear Used
Powell 723 c – Bass Pro Shops Johnny Morris Signature Series Reel - 15lb Izorline Platinum (super low stretch)
Lucky Craft Gunfish 95 – Gunmetal Shad
Repo Man

Pattern
Catching suspended smallmouth that suspended outside the striper schools off main lake flat points. Points had to have ditches or drains running through the flat points.