Saturday, August 22, 14 members of the Potato Creek Bassmasters fished our August tournament at Sinclair. After eight hours of casting, we brought 36 keeper bass weighing about 58 pounds to the scales. There were three five-bass limits and two fishermen didn’t catch a keeper.
Tom Tanner shocked us all with five bass weighing 13.83 pounds and won big fish with a 5.25 pound largemouth. Raymond English had a limit weighing 9.65 pounds for second and Mitchell Cardell’s limit weighing 8.70 pounds was third. Niles Murray had a limit weighing 6.06 pounds for fourth.
I had a frustrating day. My boat is in the shop with a locked up lower unit, so I fished with Niles. That is the first time I remember fishing a tournament for the back of the boat since 1980, when my motor broke in a Top Six Tournament at Eufaula. I caught a nice 2.67 pound largemouth on a buzzbait first thing that morning, a good start.
But it must have fired up Niles. He caught one of his keeps on a topwater plug soon after I caught mine, then put on a show with a trick worm, catching his other four from grass beds. I managed one more small keeper the rest of the day!
I hope my boat gets well soon!