Second Consecutive Trip to National Stage for Champions Tour Angler
“It always seems that these Regionals are drama filled for me,” chuckled Brad. “Last year it was a blown prop, this year it was my fuel pump.”
Towards the end of the first day of practice, Brad needed to get a tow to the ramp as his motor wouldn’t start; this is never a good thing for a tournament angler, especially when a berth to the T-H Marine BFL All-American is on the line. So Brad was at a local dealership Monday morning and they had his fuel pump fixed and Brad back on the water by noon.
As far as the fishing on the Barren River, which is located near Glasgow, Kentucky, the lake was beginning to get drawn down to its winter pool which had the fish on the move and not sure of where to set up. “I caught some small fish up shallow, but couldn’t get anything of size,” said Brad. “So I pulled off the bank and started scanning some flats and points.”
Upon his scanning, Brad noticed some areas that were worth a cast with his Rapala DT-14 crankbait and pretty quickly he started to get dialed in on a spot that had some quality bass biting. Brad was keeping his boat in 20 to 21 feet of water and was casting into that 12 to 16 foot range.
Day one of the event had Brad taking off 161st out of 169, not ideal, but luckily for Brad no other anglers were on his starting spot. “I couldn’t get them to eat my DT, so I had to slow down and drag a shakey head jig with a Zoom Baby Brush Hog on it,” stated Brad.
This quickly put three nice bass in the boat for Brad, with two coming late in the day to round out a 12 lb 1 oz limit, which had Brad in sixth place.
The second day is when Brad began to expand upon his area and really fine tune his casts to the stumps and brush piles that were on the bottom. About every 45 minutes he would get a bite and a late day change to a Neko rig yielded Brad a 3 lb bass to finish off his limit (11 lb 13 oz). Then Brad played defense on his spot to preserve for a hopeful day three outing.
Brad headed out with 12 other anglers on day three and began the day in second place, which began quickly with a small keeper. “But then it got tough, I knew I didn’t want to miss the All-American by sitting in one spot, so I ran up and down that lake to everywhere that I caught a keeper in practice.”
Because of the rapidly dropping water, the bass had made another move out to even deeper water, “I should’ve made that adjustment, as my boat was probably sitting on them!”
As it turns out that lone 1 lb 5 oz bass was all Brad needed to seal the deal on making it to his second consecutive All-American, which will be held next June on Cross Lake in Louisiana. “I look forward to heading down to check out Cross Lake over Thanksgiving.”
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