First day: I drew boat 98 out of 203, about 2/3rds of the field from south Texas! The rest were mostly Okies because the next two are Grand and Ft. Gibson! The weather was great with light winds but frosty temps, a cold front had set in two days before the start, so it was easy to run north. I ran north past Cassel Boykin and past the canyons and was looking to start in a pocket that I had not fished right before Stanley Creek. I heard and saw several boats head into Stanley creek, just as I thought most were headed into the bigger creeks. Uh-Oh, I hear the airboats coming to spray the weeds and they are going into Stanley creek. That ain’t good for whoever went in there to fish! I really liked the pocket I stopped at because it is almost all cypress trees and that what is what I have been catching them on. 45 minutes later I guess they don’t like THAT MANY cypress trees in one area, no bites! Head up the lake to the pockets I had fished and began concentrating on cypress tress halfway back in short pockets. WELL, these fish have either changed their minds or don’t like the colder temps. Water temp is still 56 so not much colder but not any warmer either. My way of thinking it was just going to take some sun to get them going. Its 10:30 and neither I or my co have yet to catch a keeper. I am concentrating on the bigger cypress trees and my co catches the first keeper off of a very small cypress tree. Good deal they can still be caught. Before I left home I rigged up my 8’ Skeet Reese flipping rod with a 1 1/4oz punch weight and a blue n brown skirt with a Zoom Z Craw in watermelon seed with the pinchers dyed chartreuse. I did so thinking I might come across some vegetation blown in around the brush in the backs of the creeks. Sure enough the wind had blown from the SE and some water hyacinths and slavinia had blown in around the buck brush in the backs of the creeks. I came to it in the bend at the back of a creek. Pick up the punch rig and “BAM” first cast in there and I caught one 14 ½ inches! On the BOARD! To shorten the story I did that for the rest of the day and weighed in 20# 12oz. I had a 6 and a 6:15 in that bag and was in 4th place when I weighed in. Ended up 7th on the first day! The first 6 did come of a cypress tree and I had cast over a laydown with and 5/16th Eakins jig. I was blessed to get it over the laydown with that small light wire hook and get it to the boat! The 7 came from water hyacinths in front of a big cypress tree in about 3 ft of water on the punch rig. When I got her out of the junk and into the net she was barely skin hooked! Another blessing! I thought I had 18 or 19 lbs so I decided to not stay till the last minute and went back towards weigh in. My co had 4 so I stopped at the island right outside of takeoff and he caught his biggest one of the day. I caught one more keeper that didn’t help but I had already culled out my two smaller fish with better ones.
DAY TWO: On my way north to the area I had fished the day before I decided to go all the way north and work back south. When I got to the area of the lake where I could have turned right and gone to the bigger creek I had caught them in in 2012 I had a hunch to run over there and fish the early part of the day because I had caught my best fish there in pre-fishing 10 days earlier. I brushed off the idea and decided to fish the areas I had the day before. NEVER dismiss those hunches you have fishing! I don’t know if I would have caught any in there early or not but I struggled the rest of the day to just put 5 in my livewell on the same stuff doing the same thing I had the day before! I kept thinking it was going to be a late bite like the day day before and just kept my head down and fished hard. I put my fith and best one in the box about 3:pm and we left 10 minutes later to get back on time. I caught five for 11#4oz and ended up in 29th. Cashed a decent check and headed home! Overall it was a good event given the fact that I didn’t get to pre-fish much and was competing with a lot of locals and other great sticks from FLW tour and the Okie boys that were there. Three Okies made the top ten including two friends of mine, young gun Kyle Cortiana, and all around good stick Brandon Mosely! For full results click here http://www.flwfishing.com/results click on Costa tab. Congrats to Kyle and Brandon! Also another Okie I do not know YET was in 6th Joel Baker from Talala. GREAT JOB JOEL! The rest of the top ten were Texicans!
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