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Kingston Open 2012

Well, well, well, that was an amazing tournament on a very intimidating body of water and against one of the most challenging fields we will fish against this summer.

My tournament ended with a 10th place finish and almost 60lbs of smallmouth weighed in. I knew going into the tournament that it could be won either shallow or deep, so I went to my strengths this year and fished shallow for 80 percent of the tournament.

On day one I brought 20.55lbs to the scale, all caught in less 15ft of water. We caught a number of fish drop shotting set the hook stumpy’s, crush worms, and jp hammer shads in various colors. We also landed a few fish on senkos and jerkbaits to boot.

On day two, we had to change locations as my fish had vanished from my zone on day 1 however, we still managed to connect in the shallow waters of lake O. We ended up catching the majority of our 19.90 weight on jackall and megabass vision 110 jerkbaits and homemade spinnerbaits. The key today was keeping the fish hooked, and not losing them on the jerkbaits, given the limited number of bites. I switched this year from using a 6’8″ medium heavy spinning rod to the 6’8″ medium action shimano cumara with an extra fast tip, and I think it has made a huge difference. Give it a try if you get a chance.

Day 3 brought changes again as we had to alternate between shallow and deep water and used a combination of jerkbaits and dropshots to put together a solid 19.35lbs. I reduced my line size to 6lb sunline flourocarbon from 8 and my power pro from 15lb to 10lb to coax the additional bites.

Hot bait colours were greens, pumpkins and goby imitators like “girls best friend” for the most part.

Good luck out there and keep em pegged.

Barry Graves

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