I really enjoy fishing Roosevelt Lake this time of year. It seems like the lake is pretty much wide open and you get to pick your poison. During practice, I marked a few decent bed fish, but the spawn was not quite in full swing. Day one I decided to go for a limit early and then look for kickers moving up throughout the day. I started in the salt end of the lake and my co-angler and I started catching fish immediately. We both had a limit by 8 am and Nathan Billetdaux had already put a good 3lber in the boat behind me. The awesome thing about catching a limit early is it takes all the pressure off your shoulders and you get to relax.
I decided to leave my starting spot and save some fish for some other anglers that had the same thing in mind. I ran to a cut where I had a couple of bed fish marked and to my surprise, one good one was still there. I made a pitch to her with a 3″ Arizona Custom Baits hollow belly swimbait rigged on an owner jig rig and it was game on. After a 2-3 minute fight around the boat tiring her out, I boated my sixth fish which weighed 7.21 lbs. The very next spot we both boated a few small upgrades and I noticed a good fish cruising the bank chasing shad. I decided to pull out my jerk bait and boated the fish which was around 5 lbs. I ended the day sitting in 4th place but my co-angler was leading the tournament and absolutely smashed them all day behind me. Justin Kerr leads day one on the pro side with a mega bag of 28 lbs.
On the second day, I decided to try and duplicate day one, but a limit did not come easy. I caught and lost a couple key fish on reaction baits and had to switch to a drop shot to fill out my limit. I flipped a few fish for a couple small upgrades and then decided to go bed fishing the rest of the day. I ran down a stretch of bank where I caught the 5lber day one and saw a good fish locked on a bed. With all the boat traffic and pressure around me, it took a while, but I culled one more time with her weighing 3 lbs. I ran the rest of the day searching for another kicker but never found it. I ended the tournament in 5th place and cashed a check. Justin Kerr wins the event with a two-day total weight of 40lbs flipping and bed fishing.
Going into the final event at Lake Mead for the Championship I am sitting in 10th place for Angler of the Year points. Wild West Bass, Ranger and Evinrude will be giving away a new Z518 Ranger Bass boat and I cannot express how grateful I am to have an opportunity to win it!