July 29, 2017
6:30 - 1:30
How it Happened: Frank and Doyle had their game plan all figured out. Like 1/4 of the anglers that launched Saturday they ran to the gravel pit first thing in the morning. They new from prefishing that there were fish stacked in the area and they were prepared to catch them with power worms.
After spending a short amount of time with the crowd, it became apparent that the the fish were not in a biting mood and they made a move. There second spot was an island witha stump lined bank. Frank fished a drop shot while Doyle threw a non discript Wallmart Special Spinner Bait.
They put 7 keepers in the boat that were all
Weight: 10.47 lb
How it Happened: Mark said he hadn’t fished the lake in 5 years so they played off Chase’s experience with the lake. They started in the area within 100 yards the ramp looking for retreads and fish that seem to reside there regularly. In the first hour they put three keepers in the boat. They had planned on staying longer but were getting discouraged watching fellow angler Scott Sizemore put on a clinic. Mark said Scott seemed to be catching one after another. Discussing the fishing Scott reveled that most of the fish they we catching were short. They moved out into the main lake for a while and eventually were able to put five in the boat from banks.
4th Place: Mike Lytle and Colin Maple
Weight: 9.94 lb
Baits: Texas Rigged Chigger Craw.
How it Happened: Mike said they started in the gravel pit. After spending the first two hours without a single bite they moved to a boat dock that mike has caught fish on before. Once again the dock produced 2 fish one of which was their biggest fish of the day. They continued fishing docks the rest of the day catching a few shorts and another keeper. Continuing to grind it out they team put fish number 5 in the boat with less than 20 minutes to go in the tournament.
2nd Big Bass : Frank Berning and Steve Wilhelm
Weight: 3.81 lb
Eastern Division Tournament #4
The R & B Bass Circuit's Eastern Division Tournament #4 was held at Sylvan Lake in Rome City. Come tournament time we all began to worry a little about the parking. Learning that morning that we were one of the few tournaments running on Saturday brought in a few more teams then expected. Although we welcome all who attended we at the same time want to apologize for the tight parking.
Many anglers commented prior to the event how tough the fishing was leading up to Saturday, in the end 18 teams brought in a full limit.
Check back later this week for a full recap of the days events
that 2 pound cookie cutter size that was so common at weighin. Doyle hooked their big bass on the spinner bait and the two knew that was going to be the one they needed to get into the money.
Frank did want to apologized to the anglers near him in the gravel pit. Apparently when they made their move he promised to bring back donuts.
Weight: 11.66 Lb
Pattern: Drop Shot and Spinner Bait
Baits: Zoom Finesse 4" Green Pumpkin / Purple Worn and White Walmart Spinner Bait.
Winnings: In addition to the Rod Bender Baits certificate, the two took home $713.00 for their first place finish. On top of their first place finish they Native Pride Tackle Big Bass
5th Place: Chad Walter and Lance Tresenriter
Weight: 9.26 lb
3rd Place: Mark Farver and Steve Kline
The team also took home $328.00 for their Native Pride Tackle Big Bass - a 5.22 pound Largemouth
Winnings: Total for the day $1,041.00
2nd Place: Mark Fennell and Sub Chase Fennell
Weight: 10.15 lb
How it Happened: Steve said that it was a typical Sylvan day. The morning got off to a real slow start. They spent their time looking for schools of fish in the 8’-10’ foot range. Through the day they were able to boat around 10 keepers but never were able to locate any larger fish.
Baits: Jigs and power worms.
1st Place: Doyle Randol and Frank Randol
6th Place: Craig Fannin and Rodney Fannin
Weight: 9.26 lb
7th Place: Frank Berning and Sub Steve Wilhelm
Weight: 9.12 lb
8th Place: Larry Stanley and Dave Terry
Weight: 8.96 lb