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Mike Luparello and I were on the water by 0620. It was another gorgeous morning!
The river was a bit choppy but not a bad ride to where we were going...to hide from the wind. That....we did....plus catch a few fish!
Mike started us off with a fatso 4+lb keeper (15" this time of year) on a Baby 1minus.....
I was throwing one of Jeffie's favorite baits, a Kinky Beaver when I got hit and a fight ensued.
This is why!
He went 5.5 lbs and will be dinner a couple of nights this week.
Mike then continued to catch fish and put on a clinic!
He even caught 2 channel cat by the tail!
I was catching a few too but it was at least a 2-1 ratio, Mike to Ernie. But.....I caught 13 fish! Do the math...Mike had an incredible day of catching!
Mike had his limit fairly early and even started culling. I only had 3 by the time he was doing this but I kept at it and added a 4th and finally a fifth with this nice on out of the pads on a swimbait.
Here are my two big ones for a total of 12+ pounds and a 2nd place finish!
Mike catch being weighed in at 17+ pounds and a 1st place finish!
For the record, Mike cleaned up an the Baby 1 minus. He caught a few on a spinner bait as well as with some soft plastic.
As usual, I threw a smorgasbord. I caught my keepers on the kinky Beaver, two on a sexy shad square bill crank, one on a soft plastic swimbait and one on a Sebille Flatt Shad(rattletrap). I rarely throw lures with trebles.....but Mike was putting on a show so I had to adapt.
On the way home we were like kids....we were yelling SWEEP!
Anyway, Mike is stating used to winning these things, I was just along for the ride and tried to duplicate what he was doing.
A great day indeed!
One-two finish in the same boat does not happen very often. Nice fishin' fellas!
Thanks....Mike takes the front seat and always gives me opportunities to get to the fish. Great teamwork!
I had the snakie in my fridge downstairs and when I took him out to filet him this afternoon....he was still alive! That fin was moving and he was still breathing!
That's after 3 good swats with my mini bat after he was netted.
When I told Debbie she was startled. She said, "that thing was alive in our basement?". I told there there was nothing to worry about. It was next to my G2's and the door was closed!
First, huge congrats on the tournament. First and Second is a great job!
Second, that is amazing the Snakey was still alive!!! Kind of a Zombie fish. At least you know the meat will be really fresh when you cook it. If it twitches in you mouth when your eating it I will be really freaked out!
No more twitching....
I just got the official results and Mike also had the 2 top fish: 5.24 and 4.93 pounds....pretty nice!