Bass Fishing Team Tournament – 5th Place at Lake Octoraro in PA

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Lures Used:
-Strike king hack attack jig (1/2 and 3/8 ounce, blk/blu, zoom super chunk trailer)
-SK kvd squarebill 1.5 (chartreuse, black back).
-Chris used a blk/blu hack attack jig with a zoom super chunk trailer and a finesse jig with a zoom super chunk Jr. trailer

Rod/Reel/Line used:
-Shimano Antares DC (40 lb suffix 832 braid, 20 lb seaguar tatsu leader) with a G Loomis GLX mbr783c 6’6″ MH/fast
-Team Daiwa Zillion Type R (14 lb Sunline Sniper Fluorocarbon) with a Quantum Smoke PT micro 6′ 4.5″ (broken tip) MH/fast

Location: Lake Octoraro, Kirkwood, PA
Date: August 30th, 2015
Primary Pattern: Fishing jigs slowly around riprap banks
Time Fished: 6:15 am – 12:00 pm
Air Temp: High of 81 degrees, low of 63 degrees
Water Temp: 78 degrees
Water Clarity: 12-20 inches
Conditions: Sunny with winds from the SSW up to 4 mph
Hatcam Used: Gopro hero 4 silver (1080p, 60 FPS, medium FOV) – chesty + external audio
Scale Used: Xtoolz grip-n-weigh (now discontinued :/)

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Overview – Had a brutal day fishing my first time ever at lake Octoraro. The conditions were extremely difficult as the area experienced post frontal conditions and a full moon the night before. Bass typically feed all night during a full moon and cold fronts can sometimes give the bass “lockjaw.”

Everyone in the tournament struggled, with the winner only pulling less than 9 lbs when the average winning weight for tournaments on the lake is around 15 lbs.

We started our day off fishing right by the launching site. Since we had a rental boat with a 55 lb thrust trolling motor, we knew making long runs up the lake in the short 6 hour tournament wouldn’t be a wise decision. I had a black war eagle buzzbait tied on and started covering as much water as I could because I figured our best chance to land a limit would be to capitalize on the morning bite.

Within 10 minutes of fishing, I had a nice blowup as I ran the buzzbait along the length of a laydown in a couple feet of water. I set the hook and the feisty fish darted side-to-side finishing with an acrobatic 1.5 foot jump in the air as it shook its head and threw my bait back at me.

I didn’t think much of it at the time, I figured the bite was good and there’d be plenty more fish to capitalize on as the day went continued. I couldn’t have been more wrong haha.

We covered a ton of shorelines and shallow water in the first two hours of the day hoping to catch some of the bass that were feeding shallow the night before. Even after throwing an arsenal of topwaters, moving baits, and plastics/jigs, not a single bass was to be seen.

Around 8:30 am or so, we decided to try sometime different and headed to a riprap bank since all the anglers who were camping it that morning had finally left and headed up the lake.

I threw a squarebill crankbait parallel to the shoreline while Chris slowly fished a jig n pig in the rock crevices. It wasn’t long before Chris hooked up into the first bass of the day and we could finally fill up our livewell (aka cooler with air bubbler :P).

It wasn’t even 10 minutes later when Chris landed another keeper to give his first fish some company. We thought we had figured out a solid pattern so I tied on a black/blue jig and went to work. We made two runs up and down that bank and I had two solid hits but somehow missed them both.

After an extended period of fishing and not catching, Chris landed our third fish of the day fishing a shoreline about 15 yards next to a different riprap bank. It was another small one but ever angler we talked to was having a tough time so we figured if we could scratch out a limit we might have a shot.

Time dwindled away as the sun rose higher and the temperatures got warmer. I started losing focus and carelessly got my jig stuck under a culvert. Chris tried to position our boat to help me, but it the bait wasn’t going to budge.

Chris threw out a crazy suggestion, offering to maneuver the boat to the other side of the culvert to get my bait out and to fish the backwaters that’s basically untouched. Without nothing to lose, we went for it and against all odds, Chris somehow managed to maneuver our rental boat through the tunnel.

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