So far this year fishing has been pretty good with a few bumps in the road. I didnt make it to the lake til mid February, but my first trip turned out to be a productive one. A good friend and myself loaded up and took off to the lake. We made it on the water by 8 am and when I caught one on a jerkbait one the 3rd cast I was pretty optomistic about what was ahead for us. I had no idea all of my plans for the day would be totally wrong. After I caught the first fish on a main lake point we went for another couple hours before we got another bite. My buddy hooked up with a fish on an Omega Custom Tackle Baby J that I gave him to try out. We were fishing in pretty dirty water so after he caught his fish I picked up an Omega 5/16 finesse jig and added rattles to it to give the fish a little different look. After just a few casts I hooked up with a nice tournament fish a solid 2 1/2 pounder. After that I added another keeper and my buddy boated one as well. By this point we were both pretty cold and decided to pack it in. We only had 6 or 7 bites all day and boated 5 keepers that weighed probally 12 to 13 pounds.
March 19th Chad Deaver and myself fished an open tournament out of the LORA marina. We were unsure of what we were going to catch, but knew what we were going to throw. The day started out with a crisp chill, but the forecast was supposed to warm up 10 or 12 degrees. We fished for a while catching shorts then decided to make a move. We ran about 8 miles and started fishing, within just a few minutes Chad called for the net and our first keeper came aboard. After that fish we made a little move and then it started to get interesting, Chad put on a clinic putting 3 more keepers in the boat in a matter of minutes. I had caught a few shorts but was unable to get a keeper bite up to that point and was feeling the pressure. I felt horrible not being able to contribute. We moved just a liitle further and started fishing a similar bank. We worked down the bank and I was finally able to put a keeper in the boat, it felt like a weight was just lifted off me. We had our limit and were now in search of a big bite. We fished hard the rest of the day and caught some more fish but were unable to get that kicker bite. We returned to weigh in unsure of where we would stand at the end of the day. We ended up in 6th place, the last place in the money, and less than a pound from 3rd place. Overall it was a good day, I was happy with the finish and glad that Chad was able to catch 'em, I was happy to play the part of net man.