Last Sunday 15 members of the Spalding County Sportsman Club fished our January tournament at Lake Sinclair. After eight hours of cold casting, we brought 28 12-inch keeper bass weighing about 45 pounds to the scales. Two people caught five fish for a limit but seven people did not land a keeper.
Wayne Teal won with four bass weighing 9.89 pounds and had a 3.81 pound largemouth for big fish. Jay Gerson had five weighing 7.46 pounds for second, Chris Davies five at 6.41 pounds was third and Niles Murray had three weighing 6.33 pounds for fourth.
Chris fished with me and we started where I caught my two the weekend before but never had a bite. After
two hours I decided to do what I thought I should have done last weekend and went to clearer water.
The first place we stopped Chris caught a small keeper on a rattle bait. I kept casting a bladed jig to grass and docks, thinking that would attract a decent fish. A little later Chris caught another keeper on a crankbait, then one on a jig head worm.
Down three to nothing I decided to go to a jig head worm just to try to catch a keeper and landed two. Chris then lost two keepers, the first one the biggest we saw all day. I caught my third keeper and we were tied.
With a little over an hour left to fish, I caught my fourth keeper on the worm then, before I could get it in the livewell, Chris got his fourth one. A few minutes later he got his fifth to fill his limit.
I tried hard to catch another one but did not. My four weighing 5.16 pounds was good for fifth.
I don’t know if we got to the right area after lunch when we had almost all our bites, or if it was the time of day. Whatever it was, I am glad it happened.
After weigh-in Wayne said he caught all his fish in the muddy water on a bladed jig. It drives me crazier to find out the winning pattern was something I tried but never head a bite!