Site fishing and frogs. The morning take off is looking like fog delay. Alton Jones is forecasting bags with a lot of weight so it sounds like practice was good. “Northfolk Lake in the spring is going to be a fun day. It is just going to be a short day, ” Shaw Grigsby. Nobody likes a delay when they are biting at the bit to get on the water and get their dibs on winning a bass fishing tournament and berth to the 2017 Bassmaster Classic. The fog cleared in Northern Arkansas and takeoff was 8am.
Virginia B.A.S.S. Nation Angler Brian Harold was killed in a boating accident during a local tournament on Lake Gaston, North Carolina. It wasn’t a wreck but a big wave that came up and quickly tossed both anglers out of the boat, Jeff Hitt too. Jeff was quickly pulled out of the water and Brian was found about then days later. It’s not an easy thing to talk about that is a pretty big catastrophe to have happen during a fishing tournament. What it is, is a big reminder not to take everything for granted and safety is always first so you can go home from the tournament the same way you came to the tournament. There’s no fooling around with Mother Nature.
Onshore was Brian’s wife of 16 years and his two children. His one son has PONS and is severely disabled and it was a two family income. Elite angler John Crews has handmade a lure for Autism with the Autism Puzzle logo lure for $500 and John will match that $500 and give it to Brian’s family to help out. They have a memory fund going to help the family, Make out the check to VIRGINIA B.A.S.S. NATION, write “In memory of Brian Harold” on the check and they will make sure his family gets it. Virginia Bass Nation 461 Triangle School Rd. Chatham, VA 24531.
The Top 10 Lures of Winyah Bay.Vibrating jigs were the key for the top three Elite pros.
12th-Mark Menendez used a Strike King 1,5 square-bill, Strike King Compact Silhouette spinnerbait sun perch and flipping a Strike King Hawg.
11th-John Hunter Jr. used a Stanley Top Tod soft plastic frog and a Spro Poppin Frog. When it was windy he used a Zoom Magnum Speed Worm in watermelon red with 1/8 ounce weight.
10th-Chris Zaldain most of the time fished a Megabass Vision 110 jerkbait in Tennessee shad.
9th-Boyd Duckett was fishing with a Rat-L-Trap, a Castaic Boyd Duckett Series BD 1.5 crankbait and Senko.
8th-Jacob Powroznik ws using a V&M J-Bug a spinnerbait made by Cliff Pace, a Livingstong Lures Primetyme Square 2.0 crankbait and a V&M Trickster worm junebug on a shakey head.
7th-Gerald Swindle used two Zoom soft plastic baits Z-Craw watermelon red 3.8 tungsten weight and Trick Worm junebug weight 3/1.
6th-Keith Combs caught every bass by flipping a Strike King Game Hawg in candy craw 5/16 ounce Strike King tungsten weight on a 4/0 Owner hook.
5th-Randy Howell a 5-inch bubble gun Senko weightless on a 3/0 hook and aYamamoto Large Flappin’ Hog, and Livingstong Howeller square-billed crankbait in Guntersville craw.
4th-Brent Chapman used A Tightlines UV Beaver and a Picasso Shock Blade, for day two it was a Tightlines UVenco stick worm and a Beaver, and a variety of crankbaits fished on copolymer line to keep them high and tight in the water column. Day 4 it was crankbait and a worm.
3rd-Kelly Jordan came in third place using Reactions Innovations Sweet Beaver that caught the 8.5-pound bass. Phoenix Bladed jig discontinued and a Lake Fork Magic Shad swimbait in green pumpkin.
2nd-Brett Hite Japanese manufacturer Evergreen Jackhammer it’s a new bladed jig made to his specifications and it will be out soon. Hite used 3/8 and ½ ounce on it trailed with a Yamamoto swimbait that will be revealed at ICAST this summer. Green pumpkin was the main color and also a ½ ounce black and blue trailer and ½ green on top.
1st place-Brett Myers and his ½ ounce Z-Man Chatterbait trailed with a Keitech FAT Swing Impact 3.8 swimbait in sexy shad was his mainstay. He couldn’t get a bite on anything else. Myers used a Zoom Super Fluke during the final stressing hour and he thinks it is the lure that was his winning edge.
May 7 Bassmaster Classic champion Randy Howell will headline Captain D’s Castin’ ‘N Catchin’ tournament for CHD presented by LiT Coolers. The event will be at Goose Pond Colony Resort Scottsboro, Alabama on Lake Guntersville. Register at castinncatchin.org You get to bid on a day with Randy on Guntersville Lake. All proceeds will go to Pediatric & Congenital Heart Center of Alabama. Entry fee is $110 and you get a t-shirt.
First place is $10,000, second place $2,500, third $2,000, fourth $1,000 and fifth $500, sixth-tenth $250, 11th-20th $150. Big Fish 1st-$1,000, 2nd-$750, 3rd-$500. Parent/child Award $500 to the top finishing parent/child under 16 years old.