USA BASSIN Divisional Finals on Pomme de Terre Lake Missouri
14 Keepers Caught!
USA Bassin Tourney,at Pomme de Terre, Randy Yancey, 5th Place (with 2 dead penalties)!
Take off was at 6 am and it was raining pretty steady.
We pulled to a pocket just out of the cove where we took off from, and fished a long, shallow main lake point. No action there and as the rain had stopped, we decided to take a short boat ride to the creek arm where I’d caught 5 or 6 keepers the afternoon before.
We made our first stop on the main lake point, on the creek channel side. I had tied on the ‘only’ bait I’d caught them on the day before in a special color. (Follow the link to see what I caught 14 or 15 keeper bass on that weekend)
Third cast ‘wham’, hooked up and brought in a nice almost 3 lb largemouth. Fishing with my brother Alan, who is ‘old school’ and stubborn, he was insisting that he’d catch them on a buzzbait or a jig.
Ten minutes later after fishing a little main lake cut, we were on another windblown point right at the mouth of a long creek channel. After just a couple of casts across the point, and moving to deep end of the point, I cast in to the shallow flooded brush. Same result, nice 16.5 inch Kentucky bass.
So, 2 keepers in about 12 casts and less than 15 minutes. Alan pulled in a small keeper, as he finally took my advice and switched baits. We threw it in the box even though it was only just under 14 inches.(Pomme is now 13″ length limit on bass). So, total by 7:20, 4 keeper bass for about 5.5 pounds.
Moving to the down current side of the same point, I threw in at a 45 degree angle a few yards off the bank, and again felt the pleasing strong pull of another nice bass. Another 2.5 lbs in the live-well and the clock had just hit 7:30!
As we moved further back into the creek are, working mainly the points just outside the current flow, we ended up boating 12 keepers by 11 am and several shorts. About 1:30, with a ten minute boat drive to the ramp, we pulled up the trolling motor and headed out.
We still had 9 ‘over 15 inch’ keepers in the live well and were allowing a little time for culling before we would weigh in our best five. We had noticed that the front livewell hose had came loose during the pounding through the rollers from all the recreational traffic, and that 2 of our fish weren’t going to make it.
So, as my partner went to get the weigh in bag, I began the task of culling down to 5 fish. Alan returned with the bag, and I threw in our 3 biggest fish, including a 2.40 lb ‘dead one’!
In my rush to load the final two fish, I totally missed a 2.85 lb largemouth, back under the deep lip of the front livewell.
In total we weighed in ‘5’ fish, including 2 dead or dying ones (1/2 pound penalty per dead fish), and we ended up with 11.73 lbs after penalty. Had we not missed the bigger, live near 3 lb largemouth, then our total, including 1 penalty would have been 13.68, which would have finished 3rd. overall. As was, we ended up in 5th, and just 1 place out of the money. Oh well, we had a great day over-all catching 22 bass, including 14 keepers over 15 inches!
Can’t wait for the next USA Bassin Trail tournament, on Stockton lake in July!
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