So this was an event that I decided to "Jackpot" since I fish the river at least once a week and figured I could cash a check and possibly get lucky and win. I registered just before we had torrential rains which flooded the drainage basins of the Arkansas River. The rains not only drastically impacted water levels but also water clarity. The fish were mid-spawn and combined with the spawn funk, they got the muddy water funk, so needless to say the fish were extra funky and not biting well at all!! I actually wanted my $230 entry fee back, but that wasn't an option.
So Event #2 of the FLW Costa Southwest Division is quickly approaching and I'm starting to get more excited and nervous with each passing day! I love this charge of emotion and if you don't get this feeling leading up to a big event, then perhaps you should take up Frisbee golf!
This tournament was on March 19th, 2016 on Lake Hudson. The lake clarity is extremely muddy compared to normal and the fish are still in a bit of a funk due to clarity and the recent cold snap. Saturday morning was 29 degrees and ice forming everywhere on the boat, reels, and rod guides. In practice I had found a few fish in the backs of creeks where the water seemed bit more stable and slightly warmer. We started in the back of one of those creeks and managed to catch a limit by 9:30am. The fish were holding to wood and rock in 2-5 foot of water.
I went up and practiced for 4 days about 3 weeks prior to the tournament. Having never been on Sam Rayburn, I was intimidated by its size and diverse vegetation. When I decided to checkout a popular area known as "Veach" and realized it was as large as Lake Oologah which is a local lake back home which in my opinion is pretty BIG; I knew I wouldn't be able to practice the way I wanted to nor cover the amount of water I wanted to.