Agreed on the numbers, and the size, were ridiculous, to the point point of being unbelievable.
If we could get out on the main lake, we would. The number caught was less than the Bay, but the size was better. I recall a three fish winning total for a tournament (I fished, but did not win) that went 19 pounds, 15 ounces. That’s an over the top average.
It wasn’t hard to catch bass on the lake — it was hard to catch the right size. They tended to school by size for the most part. So if you got over 3 pound smallmouth, you left them. If you got over 4 pounders, you left. When you got over 5 pounders, you put two short of the tournament limit in the live well and went looking to finish the limit with a couple of over 6 pound kickers.
The lake fishing was typically blade baits, jigging spoons, or jigs, either hair or curly tail.
When forced to fish the Bay because of waves, it was usually grubs or jerk baits. Since we were sponsored, we tested new lures during these trips all the time. On one occasion, in the Bay, when it was flat, I put 74 smallmouths in the boat on a certain surface bait. It was incredible watching them smash it, sometimes one on both hooks.
We usually fished two tournaments, with practice days and the Memorial Day week. Bought Garcia Cardinal 3 spinning reels with the rear drag Knob just for the “Erie” season. Threw them away after returning home because the gears would be shot.
post edited by DarDys - 2020/03/04 19:44:05