I'm fishing arguably the most elite bass fishing series in the country, Renegade Bass, with long time pal and partner Daniel Benjafield. We'll be up against some of the top touring Canadian pros including Izumi, Desforges and Chong to name a few and we're hitting up some lakes we've never been on before. Our adventure started on Lake Mississippi, Ontario, a small /medium sized shallow lake located about 45 minutes west of Ottawa loaded with 2-3lb largemouth and smallmouth bass. We put in 2 days of prefish total and struggled to find any size. Although we did manage to boat a few decent 3lb+, they were one-offs that were caught in very random locations, this made it that much more challenging to put together an actual pattern. Wind also played a key role in the fishing. The lake was getting blasted with south winds of 35-45K almost every day, including the day of the tournament.
Ultimately, we ended up settling on 2 main patterns for the event: shallow weed clumps in the north end of largies, deep offshore weedline in the south end for smallies. Our pattern held up as we successfully boated largie after largie, all coming from Berkley Havoc Smash Tubes flipped pegged to a 1/2oz Ultra Tungsten bullet weight. We even scored a nice 3.2lb "lunker" to boot! Although we did take some time to check out our smallie deal, we were disappointed when we arrived and found 3 other boats doing exactly what we wanted to do on exactly the same spot. Oh well, I guess we had found a community hole...ooops!
All in all, we went to the scale with a very modest 11lbs even, putting us in 50th position in the standings. Our overall goal is to make the cut for the Classic which means we'll need to finish in the top 40 teams by Q5. Next stop is Ottawa River for Q2, we'll definitely need to play a little catch up and hook into some pig largies that we know live there.