|Gerald Swindle Lake Eufaula|
expected Eufaula to be more of a top water bite and a lot faster fishing
but it wasn't," said Gerald Swindle on the Citgo Bass Masters Tour
Event at Lake Eufaula.
"There was sight fishing going on but they were hard to catch. My expectations weren't anything like what I found when I got there. I had to get there and then try to unscramble my mind and say all right they are not doing what I expected. I realized that I was going to have to fish slowly, but I really wanted to fish active and fast. I was dying to get away from the coldwater slow fishing deal," said Swindle. "Practice was slow. I spent a lot of time just looking. I mean looking for fish on beds. I got three to four bites per day fishing but it was just plain slow. Going into the tournament I was planning on sight fishing, then I said the heck with it. I'm going to just go fishing and resort to sight fishing if I have to," Gerald said of practice.
day one of the tournament Swindle didn't have to resort to sight fishing.
"I went to some areas that I had caught some fish on a Lucky Craft
BDS 3 crankbait in practice. I managed to catch three fish doing that, then
it got slow. I decided I would go see if I could catch some of the fish
I found flipping, and was able to fill out my limit. While I was flipping
though I did see some good fish on beds that I thought I might go back to
on day two." Gerald's day one catch weighed 16-14 and put him into
"On day two I decided to start in the
area I flipped on day one and had found some bedding fish. I caught two,
but all the bigger fish that I saw the day before were gone. I went to
another area and was able to fill out my limit fishing a crankbait. They
were all small fish though." Swindles day two limit weighed 9-15
and put him in 38th place for the tournament. But, more importantly, it
put him into the lead in the Angler of the Year points race.
am happy with my performance at Eufaula. The only mistake I made was going
sight fishing for a little while on day two. I probably should have just
gone fishing. Other than that, I don't think I made any crucial mistakes.
I lost a fish or two but nothing that would have helped me."
"Winning Angler of the Year has always
been a dream of mine, but right know I don't really want to think about
it. If you dwell on something like that it can make you fish different.
I just want to keep doing things the way I always do. Just swing for the
fence at every tournament."
|Joe Thomas Lake Eufaula|
Thomas was expecting the fish to be pre-spawn and/or spawning at the Citgo
Bass Masters Tour Event at Lake Eufaula in Alabama. "I was expecting
to have to fish a lot of soft plastics and fish them slowly to get the bites
that would count," said Thomas. This would be the first real spring
tournament of the season. The weather was expected to be warm and sunny,
and the anglers were looking forward to putting away their cold weather
"In practice I caught most of my fish around shallow grass pitching a lizard and a tube, which was how I expected to catch them. The bad news was that the water was falling a little each day, and I was catching my fish out of the matted Gator Grass. With the water falling each day I was a little concerned that the fish would move out of the areas that I had found in practice," said Thomas.
Day one of the tournament went well for Thomas.
"I should have weighed in about sixteen pounds that day but I broke
off one good fish. I hope that doesn't come back to haunt me," Thomas
was in 60th place with 12-10 after day one.
day two I only got a couple of bites and landed one of them. The only thing
I can figure is that the dropping water moved my fish out of the mats, or
I just didn't drop the bait in the right spots. I just don't know. That
day is not a day I want to remember. I just had a bad day." Joe's fish
on day two weighed just 1-07 and dropped him down to 125th in the standings.
"I got nervous on day two and ran around
a little too much. I should have stayed put and gritted it out. I'm not
happy with how I performed at Eufaula. I didn't fish or execute well.
I found two areas in practice about a mile and a half apart. On day two
I went to my second area and found Gary Klien and tournament leader Mark
Rodgers already in there. Mark had caught thirty-one pounds there on day
one. It made me sick. They were fishing the same bank I fished in practice.
I guess I picked the wrong spot to start on. This is really a tough one
for me to swallow. I hope I do better next week at Santee."
|Kelly Jordon Lake Eufaula|
|Going into the Citgo Bass Master Tour Event at Lake Eufaula in southeastern Alabama, Kelly Jordon was excited. "All the tournaments up to Eufaula were all winter time conditions. This tournament would be the first with spring weather. Winter fishing means looking for wads of fish and hoping to find one thing to make a few of them bite. Spring fishing is much more fun. The fish are spread out and willing to bite whatever you put in front of them."|
practice Kelly found that Eufaula's fish were on several good patterns,
sight fishing, cranking, and flipping. " I had a really good practice
session, I caught a lot of fish and found some good areas. Going into the
tournament I was fired up. There were bunches of aggressive pre-spawn fish
ready to be caught, as well as some spawners."
Day one of the Eufaula tournament saw Jordon weigh-in five fish for 14-05; this weight put him in 47th place going into day two. "The fish bit well on day one. They bit well for most of the field. I had a lot of fun; I just didn't get any big bites. I couldn't wait to go again on day two."
"I had a great time at Eufaula, I only wish I could have gotten more big bites. Maybe I should have fine-tuned my pattern a little more. Overall I am very pleased with my finish. I went out and fished as hard as I could and I am proud of how I did. I am getting good points towards the Classic and Angler of the Year. Good finishes also help me to get back on top of the BassFan.com World Rankings."
|Takahiro Fishes Strong on Lake Eufaula|
|Takahiro Omori was
excited about fishing the Citgo Bass Master Tour Event at Lake Eufaula in
southeastern Alabama. "I was expecting good pre-spawn feeding fish
and was looking forward to catching lots of big fish. Eufaula is known for
big fish especially in the spring. Plus I was looking forward to fishing
in warmer weather," Omori said.
"During practice I spent most of my time looking for fish on the beds. I ended up finding some good fish that were locked onto beds. I knew that these fish wouldn't last four days, but I thought they would at least give me a good start," said Takahiro of practice.
"I had found seven good spawning fish in three different creeks during practice, but I ended up drawing boat number 116 for take off on day one of the tournament. By the time I got to my fish there were boats on all of them. I had to scramble around and find more fish. I ended up catching eight keepers that weighed 16-05." Takahiro's weight on day one put him in 28th place.
"On day two I didn't have any bed fish to go to, so I just went looking for new fish. I ended up catching three fish from beds, and caught two more on a spinnerbait." Omori's five fish limit weighed 11-13 and was enough to put him in 29th place for the tournament.
"I caught most of my fish sight fishing with a Senko. I wish I could have found more bedding fish to rely on, or another back-up area, but overall I'm very happy with my performance on Eufaula. This finish gives me good points towards making the Classic, and if I do well at Santee-Cooper, that will seal my spot in the Bass Masters Classic. Now I just can't wait to get to Santee-Cooper, that place is just full of big fish!"
|Reese Fourth At Lake Eufaula|
the Citgo Bass Master Tour stopped at Lake Eufaula in Alabama, Skeet Reese
was optimistic. "I had high hopes going into Eufaula. I've learned
a lot about the lake over the last four or five years. For one, you can't
fish too shallow. If the fish are up they are shallow, if they are out they
are in the 10 -20 foot zone, and that is not my deal. I felt comfortable
at this time of year that the fish would be up shallow," said Reese.
During practice Skeet found that there were some fish up on beds in the lower lake. "The bed fish that I found were good ones but there were not enough to last four days," said Reese. During the rest of practice Reese spent his time looking for other areas that were holding fish. "I found a couple areas that I felt comfortable with. One area was a good flipping spot; the other was a spot up the lake where there were some fish bedding way in the back of a pocket. I felt very comfortable with practice. I felt that I had found plenty of areas holding fish and was looking forward to the competition getting started," Reese said.
"On day one I caught all my fish sight
fishing. There were a lot of other boats in the area though. I was just
fortunate that I got some big bites. It was a really fun day," said
Reese of day one. Skeet's weight of 19-01 put him in tenth place, a prime
position to make the cut on day two.
"I started out sight fishing on day two and was able to get one fish, then I had to move to a back-up location I found in practice. I think a lot of the fish I saw on day one ended up getting caught, they were pretty easy to see. My back-up location was a good flipping area and I was able to catch five more fish." Reese's day two weight of 17-13 moved him up to fifth in the standings and put him well inside the cut to twelve.
day three I just went fishing. I went back to some of the spots I found
in practice and just tried to expand on them. I was able to catch some fish
flipping and a couple sight fishing. I just went out and had fun."
Skeet's day three weight of 14-13 was enough to keep him in fifth place
and put him into the final day. "I didn't really have anything left
for day four. I knew that I was just going to have to go out and go fishing."
Skeet started day four about three minutes from take off. By 8:30 AM skeet had four fish in the live well. At 9:02 AM Skeet had a limit that would weigh about 13-08. Reese caught all his early fish flipping and pitching to bank grass. "I saw fish pushing bait in one small area, and just decided I would stay there and try to catch them. I didn't actually have a game plan." By 10:30 AM Skeet had culled three more times. "At about 11:30 I culled again for about two and a half pounds. I was fired up; I had no plan going in and was just enjoying fishing by the seat of my pants. I can't believe how well I did for not knowing where I was going. Since I started by the launch site it was cool to have my wife and daughter watching me for a while. That doesn't happen very often."
|At the end of day four, Skeet's weight of 18-04 was enough to move him into fourth place in the final standings, behind winner Denny Brauer. "This was an incredible tournament for me. It was the first time this year that my wife and baby daughter were able to travel with me. I guess they are my good luck charms. I just got lucky and made the right decisions at the right times. It could have just as easily gone the other way. I was happy with what I found in practice, but I had no idea that it would carry me all the way to fourth place overall. Not bad for a guy who did not have a plan after day three. This finish will certainly help in Classic points and in the Angler of the Year Race."|