Great Start to an Exciting Tournament Season

What a great start to an exciting tournament season here in southern Ontario. The opening weekend tournament on Lake Simcoe, the Casey Cup, did not dissapoint as the winning bag of smallmouth was in excess of 27lbs for the first time ever. We brought 24.75lbs of smallies to the scales to claim 4th place. The majority of the fish we caught were post spawn in 4 – 10 feet of water on rock sand transitions. We were fishing through zones quickly with jackall jerkbaits and would than follow up with Crush worms in white and savoia special, rigged up on a drop shot rig with 8lb sunline sniper flourocarbon line,a 12″ lead and a 3/8 oz cylinder weight.

This past weekend had us competing on the Tri Lakes in back to back Bassmania events. In pre fishing we had determined that we would spend the majority of our time shallow targeting largemouth on docks, trees, pads and slop. We had a couple of smallie zones that we felt were going to play a role in the tournaments as well. We ended up in 5th place both days and took home the overall big fish on Day one landing a 4.95lb largemouth. The big largie, as well as most of our green backs were caught on 3/8oz flipping jigs with a set the hook punisher pig trailer. Our flipping rods were rigged up with a combination of 20lb flourocarbon and 65lb power pro super slick braided line. We brought 3 smallies to the scales on day one as well. The smallmouth were caught on the KO jr minnow in dirty white/black back and crush worms in the smoken joe color on a drop shot rig. Good luck out on the water this summer and stay tuned for some more updates as the season progresses.


Barry Graves

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