Wx: 35-50 deg, NW wind 15-25. Sunny and high pressure Water: greenish 1-3’ vis, 48-50 deg 7am - 3pm
This was the 2nd go-round of the SML crappie tournament. I hadn’t fished in 10 days, and the last fish I was on would likely be a distant memory considering the weeks weather. At least the wind would act as an equalizer.
Started off fishing those memories…First few casts and I had almost 9 lbs of largemouth, and was thinking I entered the wrong tournament. A couple casts later and I had a 30ish inch striper. At least the fish were biting…
Moved a few hundred yards and power fished into the wind in the channel. Sniped 3 crappies real quick, a 12.5”, 13.5” and 12.75”. Slid to a nearby laydown and filled out our 7 fish limit with a bunch of 10.5-11.5” fish. It was about 10am and we left fish to find fish…
Bounced around to a few spots holding fish, and found all sub 12” fish. Boat control was becoming an issue and the fish were definitely shut down. I was talked into fishing a spot I’d swore off, and we went there for the final 3 hours. The fish turned on for my partner about 1pm, and he culled everything under 12.5” with several upgrades including a 14” fish and another around 13.5”. We had 11 fish at least ~12.5” at the end of the day, and did our best to sort them for the 7 biggest.
The total was ~8.3lbs, good for 1st place. Rough conditions to crappie fish..
While I really enjoy livescope, it nearly cost us. The fish my partner landed on in the afternoon were invisible to the scope. Good old fashioned crappie fishing won the day with those fish. This was a good reminder that instinctual fishing still has a big place in the game, and that sometimes it’s not what you’re seeing on the electronics, it’s what you’re not seeing.
Congratulations John, tough day of fishing for sure. I was hoping I’d get the chance to fish the tournament but my wife due to give birth any day and the tough conditions I decided to stay back. You are 100% right about the panoptics, it’s a great tool but it doesn’t make it easy by no means.