Let's THINK REAL HARD BEFORE LETTING THE BOATS GO
See here is another funny way to start off an article, but must get this one in the books seeing I was at this 2
day tournament, that Bass CAT, held in MARCH at SMITH LAKE.
TWO Hundred FORTY TWO cleaned up, shinny, waxed, gased up, and ready to fish boats all shooting for a new BASS CAT
Boat or a Brand new Mercury Motor.
Well, day one started off with Mother Nature fixing us up with plenty of rain, but every angler knows fish eat even
in the rain. It just makes it miserable for the anglers.
My Son and I caught two and both together would not make the scales if that tells you how we were doing and I think
we threw the kitchen sink, even the plug. The first day we were in flight one of three so we had to be in the water
before daylight, and had to go through the checks and I think flight three was just pulling up when we took off
We tried wood, then moved to rocks and what we heard the fish were not deep any more they were moving up to
spawn. My Son bought a underwater Camera and we saw the Bass but to get them to bite something was another story.
It was like that story about the guy that went fishing with the game warden and the gw saw how the man was fishing
with dy no mite. And he handed the game warden a lit stick and said are we going to fish or what? WE did not have
any and that looked like the only way we were going to catch any Bass.
The day ended and when we were standing watching the guys weighing in what they caught and it was not great weights
but they did have fish. They were saying baits that we threw, as you know as I do anglers will lie like a dog on
what they caught the fish on. Some even said they caught them in the water period.
My Son and I went back to the hotel and talked to some of the guys that were staying at the same hotel and we got a
little different story, and they had caught fish. Comes out most of
the fish came off a CHatter Bait so off to the store we went and you're not going to believe this but there was a
guy in front of us bought every Chatter Bait he could get his hands on, see that is our luck....no problem jump
ahead alittle. I have since bought every color in Bass Pro THE CHATTER BAIT that will never happen again and if
someone wants to buy one at the lake it will cost them $200 each.....OH by the way I bought two of each.
Back to the reason I titled the article as I did this is more for the Directors of the TOURNAMENTS I AM GOING TO
ATTACH PICTURES WITH THIS ARTICLE SO YOU GET THE PICTURE.
I hate to come across this way but I have fished tournaments where they blast off no matter what THE weather
is like and one year out of J.P. COLEMAN two ANGLERS WERE KILLED AND TWO BASS BOATS TOTALED because of fog. One
boat was headed south and the other was sitting on the point of what I call Second Creek. The boat going south was
going ===== to the wall when it hit the other boat. They said the anglers sitting still did not know what hit them.
My partner and I were sitting
inside break water at J.P. Coleman When we heard what happened, it is just not worth it, now that Director has to
live with that the rest of his life.
As it turned out for the Bass Cat Tournament it delayed us two hours and they said one more HOUR they would call it
off. My thoughts were very smart move. Two hundred forty two boats and anglers alive to fish another day.
Thumbs up to those guys.
We did get to fish the final day and I did just as good as day one. MY Son says next time lets do some pre-fishing
Keep The Hooks Wet
Life Jackets Float You Don't WEAR THEM