Bass Pro Tour Stage 6: Starting Off on the Right Foot
I think I’ve been in the top 5 in the Shotgun Round 5 out of 6 Stages, but it was the same old story on Table Rock, I lost steam after that first day. By the Knockout Round it had been 5 days since my first day of practice and the stuff I was saving just got ruined by the water falling and clearing. I ran to a completely different place on the last day and just tried to make it work but it didn’t.
I found one deep spot where I’d start every day and hammer on them in the first period.
Then I was leaving it. It was the kind of deal Aaron won on, but I just didn’t have enough of those kinds of places. He graphed his whole practice and found 5 or 6 and I had 1. I caught 20 fish there on the first day and left. I caught 15 the second day and left and then I caught 10 or 12 there the last day and didn’t leave right away and just kept trying to figure out how to catch them. Then I made that long run to where I thought I could get back up in the standings and it just didn’t work out.
I didn’t see any signs of catching the same fish on my main spot that I had caught on previous days. There were just a lot of fish there. The problem was on the third day it was really cloudy and they were following each other out as I would catch them. By the eighth fish that I had caught, the whole school was scattered and pulled out to 30-feet of water and it just got weird.
Bass Pro Tour Stage 6: Focusing on Baits and Areas
I fished the same California Roll worm again with the Boss Ned Rig Head and a 3-inch Senko some. I used a 7’1” Envy Medium this time instead of the 6’10” that I use most of the time because these spots have harder mouths and I was making longer casts and they were in 20-feet of water. So, I just feel better about hooking them with that little bit longer rod.
I made that long run on my final day to flip bushes and I was shocked when I got there. The water was crystal clear and had dropped out of the bushes. There were a few bushes still in the water but the fish were very much gone. I’d think about running out of there and looking for water that wasn’t so clear, but then I would get one of those decoy bites every once in a while and I’d stay.
On the first day I was flipping a craw and a creature style bait once I left the deep hole but I couldn’t get bit. After about 45 minutes I switched to a Senko with a half ounce weight which I don’t really do a whole lot. I cut it down to like 3-inches and I got a bite on my first cast and stuck with that all three days.
Bass Pro Tour Stage 6: Looking Forward to Table Rock Round 2
MLF’s Bass Pro Tour is returning to Table Rock for Stage 7 due to flooding on Grand Lake. The event will begin only 9 days from the date that Bass Pro Tour Stage 6 wound up on Table Rock. To add a little diversity, MLF has decided to hold their competition in the afternoons, an unprecedented move for a tournament of this magnitude.
I think fishing in the evenings is going to help me. It’s going to be interesting to see what we do going to the same place back to back. I think we’re all going to be our own worst enemy. If you think you’re going to go back and do the same thing in the same place, I think you’re kidding yourself. I think it’s going to be a big time twist. This takes the shad spawn out of the equation not fishing in the mornings.
I think there will still be some shad spawning but it’ll be thinner.
There are things I’m going to do differently for sure. We all had the privilege to watch what was going on after we got eliminated. There was nothing that I really learned though. What Aaron was doing was nothing new. I knew that would be strong. And I saw how Greg Vinson caught them and everyone knew topwater was going to play here at Table Rock, it always does. I had a bone topwater tied on, I had two dropshots tied on and I had two white swim jigs tied on which is what Andy Montgomery was doing. All I can say is I’m going to try some of that stuff in the same area where I was fishing because there were a lot of fish in that area. Then I’m going to try to expand on that.
I have no idea what to expect. There are storms coming through again leading up to the tournament. I would imagine all the water up the rivers got trashed again. The water keeps going up and down a foot and a half. I just need time. I like to do a lot of things, so if they’re not in the bushes it’s not a big deal. I have other things I can do. The fish are notorious here for moving fast. I remember 15 years ago in an FLW tournament I couldn’t believe how quickly they moved up with the water. I’ll always remember that. Maybe they’ll move right on time for me this time.
Dave’s Primary Gear for Bass Pro Tour Stage 6 at Table Rock
Bait: Yamamoto California Roll
Jig Head: 1/8th ounce Hammer Head
Line: 50 pound test Sufix 832
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