For a guy who is obsessed with bass fishing, the next 10 days couldn’t get much better. For starters, I am competing in the Team Bass Xtreme event on Delaware Reservoir on Saturday. We pre-fished last weekend and were able to locate a lot of keeper-sized fish, so putting a limit together shouldn’t be too hard. The challenge will be finding quality keepers. Our biggest fish of the day was only around 2 lbs, which means we will need to find a way to get the big ones to bite. Usually the best way to do that is to fish as much heavy wood as possible and hope you can capitalize.
After the Delaware tournament I will be heading up to Grand Traverse Bay, which is located on Lake Michigan, for some smallmouth action. I know that this is an “Ohio” bass blog, but I have to give Michigan a shout-out when it comes to their smallmouth fishing. The water in northern Lake Michigan is crystal-clear (I’ve sight-fished smallmouth in close to 25 feet of water), and supports all kinds of game fish including bass, white fish, and salmon. Last year was my first trip with the bass boat to Grand Traverse and the bass fishing was phenomenal! I caught countless fish in the 2-3 lb range by targeting steep drop-offs in 10 to 30 feet of water. The majority of the fish I caught were on a drop-shot rig, using a 3/8oz drop-shot weight, a #1 extra wide gap hook, and either a Berkley Gulp Minnow or a finesse worm. I also caught some fish by finding the “dark spots” that are scattered around the sandy-white bottom of the lake, and throwing tubes and spinnerbaits around them. The “dark spots” are actually small patches of grass.
John Terry with Hookerz Tackle (www.hookerztackle.com) was kind enough to send me some of his terminal tackle and soft plastics to test. He sent me several items that will be useful on Grand Traverse, including drop shot weights, ultra-sharp drop shot hooks, shakey head jigs, and finesse worms. His products look great and I can’t wait to get out there and put them to the test!
On a final note, I wanted to report on our results from last night’s Tuesday Night Tournament at Griggs Reservoir. Marshall and I won the tournament with 3 fish that weighed 7.2 lbs. We also had Big Bass, which weighed just over 4 lbs (a true Griggs HAWG!!!!).
I will give a report mid-next week on the Grand Traverse smallmouth fishing, as well as results from the TBX Delaware Tournament. As always, thank you for following along, I appreciate your support.