Date: April 21, 2018
Time: 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Weather: Sunny but cold and very windy. Multiple layers of clothing !
Air Temperature: Low 30’s to start. High 40’s/Low 50’s to finish
Water Temperature: 46-50 degrees (cool!)
This was a fishing trip of firsts for me…
- First time bass fishing in such cold temperatures
- First time fishing this specific pond
- First time fishing in a bass club tournament
I honestly had no idea what to expect… the conditions were very tough nevermind the fact that I was fishing in my first ever bass tournament. I had recently joined the South Shore Bassmasters Club and this was their first tournament of the season.
Despite being frozen to the core preparing my boat for launch in the parking lot, I somehow managed to get launched and ready to fish without any issues.
Oddly enough, or, as it turns out, fortunately enough, I caught my first bass on my fifth cast of the day ! It was only 1 3/4 pounds but I had a fish in the boat ! I recall thinking to myself with surprise that the fish are biting despite the cold conditions. I used a black football jig with a dark blue craw trailer.
How wrong I was !!! This first bass would be the only bass I would boat the entire day. I did get bit off by a pike and did manage to land a pike a bit later in the day but that was it.
At the weigh-in, I learned that I wasn’t the only one having a tough day. There were many anglers that zero’d today. The largest bass caught was just 2.3 pounds.
In any event – looking at the positives – it was a great learning experience on many fronts.
Some Photos of the Day: