Cast Away Record Broken

I’ve had a little contest going for a few years and anyone who could break my record of 46lbs on one of my planer boards would win a 6 set pack of my flasher boards. I wanted proof positive before the winner would receive the 6 sets.

I thought I was off the hook with these guys because they couldn’t remember what size fish came off planer boards and which fish came from bobbers. That all changed when Capt. Jay made this video appear out of nowhere. I talked with Roy last night and congratulated him and his crew.

The cool part about the story is that Roy, the guy who caught the fish is going to share his winnings with their striper club up in Tn. and they are going to raffle the remaining sets.

This was the record on my planer boards. The second picture is my buddy John who tied the record a few years back when we made a spring trip to Tennessee:

Johns 46

Here is the new record holder, Roy Hawk from the Tennessee Striped Bass Assoc. Congrats Roy!!!:

North end and creek report 2-1-2015

Well, a week ago we were on the north end of the lake fishing the first tournament of 2015 in the HD Marine Tournament Trail. After pre-fishing a few days before the tournament we had a plan, and a few spots where we had been finding fish. I was still getting some fish on crankbaits and jerkbaits and we were also getting a few on the dropshot. On tournament day that all went out the window and we caught all of our fish with spoons. Go figure. We ran across a school of 1-2lb largemouth and after pulling in a limit of those fish we moved on in search of bigger fish, using the same patterns we had been on. We couldn’t find any bigger fish and we wound up finishing 32nd out of 71 boats, with a 5 fish limit weighing 9.45lbs.

I fished the creek during the past week on two different days and zeroed on both trips. They were limited to just a couple hours on each trip but it’s been slow. We’ve been testing some new baits lately so that can make for some slow fishing trips. Right now the water temps are around 47 degrees and fishing has been slow in the creek. We’ve been marking fish around docks and structure, but we haven’t found the magic baits yet. We haven’t been doing any crankbait trolling over the past few weeks but I’m afraid the majority of fish aren’t at a depth that is good for trolling right now. There is plenty of bait in the back of the creek and there are some crappie and buck bass feeding on the bait in the creek channel towards the back. I just haven’t been able to find any bigger fish in the creek in the last week or so.