Interesting evening on the pond. As we signed folks up we could see a thunderstorm building up to our east. Just about the time everyone got off and running to their first spots it started raining. It wasn't a violent storm by any amount maybe 1/8' of rain then it moved on off to the south and west and you could hear the rumbling for a little while longer. Water temps were around 84 degrees most everywhere we went and the water condition was 4-5' clarity. The boat traffic was pretty light on the lake last night and that may have been for the same reasons we had a light turnout (25 paid entries, 26 boats with mine). What I heard is there were a couple of football games and the big boxing match.
With the slightly cooler weather this week, partly cloudy evening and light boat traffic I was expecting the fishing to be a lot better. We had a slow night with a couple of small flurries after dark that helped us at least weigh a limit (no money, but at least it was a limit). Out of the 26 boats there was 11 boats that did not bring fish to the scales. I suspect they probably caught fish but didn't think they would compete so they released them.
No matter how tough, it seems like there will always be someone to bring in some good or decent sacks. Those are the ones that get the money, and here's how it went this morning:
sixth place went to Tom G. and Paul H with 5 fish for 9.71lbs and $52,(Tom, thanks for the help last night. I appreciate it)
fifth place went to Rick and Danny with 5 fish for 9.74lbs and $104
fourth place was Fat Rat and Terry (hereafter known as "Mr. T") with 5 fish for 9.88lbs for $177. They split the Big Bass Pot with Mark S., each had a 3.19lb spot good for $130 each.
third place went to Ryan and Chad with 5 fish for 10.26lbs and $208, This tough team managed to break in the livewells in Ryan's "new to him" Triton. Congrats to Ryan on the purchase of a beautiful rig (very nice!!!).
second place went to Vence and Carty with 5 fish for 10.43lbs and $239
first place went to Scott and Jeff who found their "groove" with 5 fish for 12.86lbs!! That was good for $260 for first and $270 side pot!!
A hearty congratulations to our winners!! Some of these guys are just plain downright tough on this lake and prove it over and over again!! I enjoyed you guys yesterday evening and hope that none of you ever take my joking and kidding around with you seriously. That old saying, "If I didn't like you I wouldn't pick on you at all!" is true. The fact is that I haven't met any of you that I didn't like (or ever quit liking)!!