SHOOTOUTS HELP LOCAL ANGLERS
Last updated 6/16/2020 at 9:59pm
While it seems as though some anglers consistently catch fish every time
they go fishing……in reality it just doesn’t work that way.More
especially, when you are talking about bass fishing!
A recreational saltwater fishermen just looking for a bite that isn’t
species specific has a much better chance of catching something.The fact
that when all else fails he can turn to live or frozen bait as an option
greatly enhances his chances of some level of success.
I mention this only after having visited with an avid young bass
fisherman while waiting for a recent Sabine River Shootout to
conclude.“I am not ready to try and compete with those guys,” he said,
“but I fish on the river two or three days a week and they are a very
good resource for anyone that wants to catch more bass.”
He did mention something about their choice of lures and different
techniques, but the real value was using them as a barometer as to what
was going on at the time.“If you have some idea what to do before you
even launch, you are going to catch more fish,” he pointed out.
“I didn’t know how good some of these guys were until the Shootouts
started and the same teams were winning every time.If you can read you
know who they are so I paid more attention to the places I would
occasionally see them fishing.They don’t fish one little tiny spot, but
they will choose certain areas depending on the weather and tides.”
“If I can’t make a weigh-in and I see who won on Facebook, I have
already eliminated a lot of water.I never fish on tournament day and I
don’t beat their spots to death when they’re not fishing, but I know
what kind of water to look for.”
“I initially thought the Vaughans were going to win every tournament
because I was fishing some of the same water and they were catching big
numbers of nice fish when I couldn’t even get a bite. I knew there were
bigger bass than I was catching in one pond and I eventually caught my
first seven pounder after switching to a lure that I would have never
tried. I won’t tell you what they were fishing with, but no one else was
using it at the time!”
“I have since changed my mind about who will win each week,” he
concluded.“They have at least seven teams that you just can’t bet
against, but I only know where three or four of them spend a lot of
their fishing time.”
“They don’t have to worry about looking over their shoulder, but I
consider them a great resource for anyone trying to catch larger bass
more consistently.They have really shortened the learning curve for me!”
I don’t know why, but last week’s tournament drew only 32 teams.Someone
must have known something as the weights they posted were off a little
as well. Cade Black and Chad Linder didn’t mind the smaller field as
they won first place with an 8.39 pound bag and big bass money as well
with a 3.64 pound fish.
Chase and Chance Stone finished second less than two ounces off the
pace.Kevin and Steven Vaughan finished third and Bronson Kemp won the
Kids Division with a solid 2.70 pound bass.
I don’t recall ever having paid closer attention to the weekly standings
in the CCA S.T.A.R. tournament and it has already proven to be very
interesting.Of all of the folks currently leading a category, I still
don’t believe anyone is in better shape than Michael Fesco with his 8
lb. 2 oz. gafftop.
Curtis Widener’s 6lb. 5 oz. flounder is leading the Starteen Division
and could prove very difficult to run down as well.No less than three
individuals are tied for first with 5lb. 4 oz. flounder in the adult
I think it is safe to say at this point that the Larson kids of Danbury
are on some very solid trout as well. Lillie is leading with a 7lb. 14
oz. trout and Andrew and William are holding down second and third
place.Andrew is only four ounces off the pace!
Only one tagged redfish has been caught and certified thus far, but
another one was caught by a fisherman that hadn’t entered the event.I
feel certain he is disappointed, but he did release the fish to give
some other angler a shot at a truck and boat combination!