After a promising 2-day prefish, Magog pulls the ol' 180 and puzzles me once again. Plagued with 2 pounder after 2 pounder, getting the big bite on tourney day proved challenging.
I had the opportunity to partner up with Denny Andrade, not only a great buddy but also a fantastic smallie fisherman. We decided to invest into a solid two days of practice. Last year, I finished 5th with Scott Nagy with a weight of 15+lbs. Needless to say, my confidence was pretty high going in.
Unfortunately, our strategy that we devised from pre-fish didn't quite pan out as anticipated. On the morning of the tournament, a drastic change in conditions would change the mood and positioning of our fish. 40km/hr winds from the south along with a 9 degree temperature drop would seriously affect our pattern. Although we may have had a limit by 11am, we would spend the next 4.5hrs unsuccessfully trying to cull our smallest fish, a dinky 1lb 15oz smallie. Frustrating indeed.
All in all, I spent an incredible 3 days on the water with one of the best smallie fisherman I know, got a serious farmer tan and burnt some serious gas. But, there is still a lesson learned. When it comes to a body of water that is heavily populated with small sized fish, better to have numerous "B" spots than only a few "A" spots. A really do feel that this strategy will put the most chances in your corner. Next stop: Renegade Q1 - Lake Mississippi, On.