Sunday, February 23, 13 members of the Spalding County Sportsman Club fished our February tournament at West Point. After fishing from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, we brought 31 keeper bass to the scales. Ten of them were 14 inch largemouth and 21 were spots over the 12-inch size limit. Three people had five fish limits and no one zeroed.
Russell Prevatt won with five weighing 11.04 pounds and Zane Fleck placed second with five at 10.17 pounds. Robert Proctor, fishing with Zane, had five weighing 8.30 pounds for third and Jay Gerson placed fourth with four at 8.10 pounds and had big fish with a 3.46 pounder. My four weighing 6.22 pounds was fifth.
Robert told me he and Zane caught at least 20 keepers during the day. That always amazes me, I struggle to get four fish and others catch a bunch of them, doing exactly what I was doing!
After the Potato Creek tournament the Saturday before, I felt hopeful, but when I ran to the creek where I caught fish the week before, the water had come up 18 inches and the temperature had dropped five degrees! It was still very muddy, and there was already another bass boat back in it fishing.
I caught a keeper on a worm before 9:00 but then it got slow. I probably should have left the creek and tried other places, but I was convinced bass were somewhere in that creek and stayed there all day. It almost worked, I landed my biggest fish of the day at 2:00 PM and just knew they were moving up as the water warmed.
I had my chances, too. About a dozen times I got bites and brought in half or no worm after setting the hook. They could have been small spots that are notorious about grabbing a worm but they are so small the tail of the worm is in their throat but the hook still outside their mouth.
But on one hookset, the fish was swimming to my left. When I set the hook, my rod bowed up and drag on my reel slipped, then the line went slack. I reeled in my jig and worm. It could have been a gar that my hook could not stick, or it could have been a big bass that was clamped down on my jig head so tight the hook could not move and stick it. I will never know! Thats fishing!