The alarm went off at 1:30 am. After 45 minutes of sleep my partner, Nick Barr, and I were loaded up and ready to hit the road. It was a two-hour drive to Columbia Point Park for the NWBass Championship. We arrived at the ramp and signed up. You could feel the excitement in the air. We were in the last flight for Saturday and Sunday. After what seemed like an hour of waiting to blast off we finally left the marina and headed down the river. We drove a ways down the river to our first spot. The weather was overcast with the wind blowing about 10 mph. We started fishing a 45-degree bank with rock and scattered grass. The boat was sitting in 20 feet of water and we were throwing up to the bank. My partner caught 3 smallmouth about 8-10 inches long and since there was no size limit for the tournament they went in the well.
After fishing another 100 yards down the bank without a bite we headed back up the river to fish a main lake point in 10 feet of water. After fishing around the point for a half of an hour without getting a bite we headed down the river another 20 minutes and fished a main-river weed bed in 10 feet of water. My partner caught an 8-pound carp off of the weed bed and that was it.
We decided to head across the river and fish some man made cover in very shallow water hoping to catch a big largemouth. We fished in and around the shallow cover without success. We moved up river and fished a shallow stretch with rock piles and scattered grass. Very quickly I caught one on a Bass Pro Shops XPS crankbait. It was 2 1/2 pounder that gave us a total of four smallmouth. Forty yards down the river my partner caught a nice 3 1/2 pound fish on a rock pile. So we culled our fish and had two decent ones and three small fish. [read more…]