Last Saturday 28 member of the Potato Creek Bass Masters put mud grips on our boats and fished our February tournament at West Point. After fishing from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, we brought 58 bass weighing about 116 pounds. There were seven five-fish limits and nine people didn’t have a keeper.
Tom Tanner blew us all away with four fish weighing 15.39 pounds and won big fish with a 6.90 pound largemouth. Mitchell Cardell was second with five weighing 10.81 pounds, my five weighing 10.18 pounds was good for third and Lee Hancock came in fourth with five at 10.16 pounds.
The water was very muddy, I am surprised we did as well as we did. It did not start very good for me. At 9:30 I got a bite on a jig and pig and landed a keeper spot on a main lake point. After another hour of fishing that area I went into Whitewater Creek, where the water was a little less muddy, but never hooked a fish and spent too much time in there.
At 1:30 I ran down the lake near the dam into a creek with a little better water color, and quickly caught a keeper spot on a jig and pig, then a second one on a shaky head worm. Both hit on a rocky point. Another rocky point in that creek is about 100 yards away. I decided to fish to it although I have never caught a fish between the two. I put the trolling motor on high and picked up a crankbait.
The first cast I made with it a 3.35-pound spot hit it, my biggest fish. I slowed down some then caught my second biggest spot on the crankbait. Before I got to the next point a keeper largemouth hit my crankbait.
I fished the point without a bite but felt pretty good with a limit. I wanted to go back over that area since some decent fish were hitting but my cranking battery was dead when I tried to start the motor. No problem, I had jumper cables and three more batteries.
The first two I hooked up would not turn the motor over! When the last one did, I decided to run back to the weigh-in area and not take a chance on being late.
I fished near the ramp for the last two hours and caught one more keeper spot that did not cull anything I had.