BassWestUSA - Spring, 2012, Page 17

9:10 a.m. Hopping the tube along the bottom next to a pad stalk, Lane loads up on Keeper number 6. The fish goes about 1.5 lbs. and won’t help.

9:17 a.m. Chris sees a big swirl between a couple of stumps and quickly casts the tube to the spot. The fish lunges at the bait, but when he sets the hook the tube comes back balled up at the end of the hook. He is using a 3/16oz tungsten sinker unpegged and fishing the tube on 50lb Berkley Sonic Braid.

9:25 a.m. After being unable to tempt the fish that swirled between the stumps, Chris lifts the Pow- er Poles and continues down the channel. He slowly alternates between a square billed crankbait and a white Gambler Cane Toad, working the pad stalks along the edges of the channel.


9:30 a.m. The water boils as a good fish eats the tube next to a stump, Chris snaps the rod back and fights the fish to the top but it becomes wrapped up in some submerged wood and comes unbuttoned. That’s the fourth good fish he hasn’t gotten to the boat. Keeping his cool, Lane continues working the tube around the stumps.




keeper number seven aboard the boat. It’s a better one too, about 2.5 lbs. and culls out one of the smaller fish.

9:36 a.m. Chris has now worked all the way up to Crews. 9:32 a.m. Chris swings and misses as another fish grabs The two professionals agree to fish side by side so they don’t the tube. “Small one,” he mentions as he adjusts the tube on Photo courtesy of B.A.S.S./Seigo Saito further muddy up the water by trying to work against each oth- the hook. er. Chris is taking the stumps and pad stalks to the right of the channel and Crews fishes the left side. The two boats are only 9:33 a.m. The sun has come out and despite the contin- about 5 feet apart. ued howling wind; there is a lot more activity in the backwater. Birds are flying around and fish are swirling all over the place. 9:40 a.m. “That’s a good one,” Chris grunts as he hauls back into another fish on the tube. He plays the keeper to the 9:35 a.m. Lane snaps his rod back and sets the hook into a fish, expertly working it to the surface and flipping side of the boat and reaches down to lip it. Keeper number

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