FLW Tour Ft. Loudon/Tellico
This tournament was interesting because there are two lakes you have the option of fishing. One is Ft. Loudon and the other is Tellico. They are connected by a short canal and can both be fished in the same day. They do fish a bit different but generally they look similar.
My practice was pretty crappy. I ran a lot but only ended up catching 6 keepers in 3 days leaving me scratching my head for what I was going to do.I could catch a lot of short fish and I knew I was going to have to grind it out and try and catch 5 keepers a day somehow. Another thing I took note of is how pressure can affect the lake. Daily there are hundreds of recreational boats on the water and as the tournament pressure doesn't help the fishing.
Tournament day 1:
I was boat number 5 out and ready to go out and find 5 keepers. By 12 I had 2 fish when disaster struck. After I caught my second keeper I put the fish in the livewell and took my guidewear off as it got really warm. I decided to make a move and somehow I forgot to put my life vest on. I realized my mistake and called the TD. I went back to the weighin emptied my livewell and was allowed to go back out and fish. I was a bit discouraged having to start all over again at 1pm. I ran 5 minutes down the lake and caught 5 keepers all sight fishing using a weight less senko. One just happened to be a big smallmouth.
My weight ended up 9-10 leaving me in 46th place.
Tournament day 2:
I started the day off fishing the same spot I caught my 5 the day before. I only caught 1 keeper and decided to make a big run. I ran 20 miles down tellico and ended up catching a small limit that weighed 7-15. I know I always talk about the flick shake but I once again used it to bail me out and catch the small keepers.
My 7-15 limit left me 52nd. 2oz outside the top 50.
Tournament day 3:
Started the day off throwing the Jackall Bowstick but all of the fish I caught were short. I decided to run back down the lake and I threw the flick shake again and caught a really small limit which included some spotted bass. I weighed in 7-3 and knew it was going to be really close for a check. It came down to the last angler at the scales. He needed 4 lbs and only had 3-10. I ended up 50th cashing the last check.
My baits for this tournament:
I used the flick shake and caught a ton of fish on it. It was ridiculous how many fish I caught but few were keepers. I also threw a 5" senko and the Jackall Bowstick topwater bait.
My final thoughts on this tournament were that I really never figured the fish out so it was truly a grind. Catching my limit each day was by far the most important key to my success. The flick shake worm really is the best numbers bait I have ever used and continues to bail me out in tough tournaments.
Thanks to my sponsors Jackall, Powell, Eye Surrender, Monster Fishing Tackle, Berkeley and Abu Garcia
Keep checking back as I will be at Mead May 5th