MLF College Tournament Lake of the Pines 11-12-22
Today I am fishing at the MLF College Tournament at Lake of the Pines in Jefferson, Texas. I came down to practice on Thursday, starting at the south end of the lake. No luck there. I went up to the north end and finally found some fish. I caught one fish.
Today is Friday, tournament day. It was an overcast day with lots of clouds building up. You could see the rain in the distance. I am boat number 46. At 7 a.m. the tournament director said a prayer for us and our safety on the lake and then they played the national anthem. A drone was flying over taking aerial photos. The rain held off until all 138 teams launched. When the boats were out of sight, then the rain started. A cold front is moving in this afternoon along with more rain.
The tournament director called my number. I ran up north and got to my starting spot, but did not catch a fish till 11:00 a.m. Knowing the fishing was slow, I fished patiently in the rain and stayed there all day. Since I fished there yesterday, I knew there were fish there. I just had to find the right bait they wanted. The first lure I threw was a hybrid hunter, that did not work. Next, I tried a swim jig, then a chatter bait. I could not get those fish to bite, so I pulled out the wacky worm and finally I got a bite. I caught one, then another and another. They were all small. At least I was catching something, I just needed to hook some keepers. Then finally around 12 noon I caught 2 keepers. I kept fishing all around making laps in the area back and forth. Then I caught 2 more on a hybrid hunter. My last fish was caught 2 hours before weigh-in at 1:00 p.m. I caught my limit of 5 fish. There was a lot of fish caught today. I caught approximately 30 fish, but they were not keepers, so I was never able to cull up.
It was a miserable day raining hard back and forth all day. When I was driving to the weigh-in it was still raining. I was completely soaked and the cool front had blown in and I was shivering as I drove. My total weight was 11-1 with 5 fish.
THROW IT OUT, POP IT IN, FISH ON !!!