Thursday, October 31, 2013

Wipers On Fire 10/27

Sunday, October 27th, I made my way to the OH River to try and find some Hybrid Striped Bass or wipers as many people call them. My target area was a warm water discharge. After years of fishing this discharge I have learned that it is hit or miss. Some days it can be amazing, some days you can get skunked. But the potential for amazing or even a decent day is always worth the risk of a skunk. So I made the 30 minute up and across the river. I had three rods with me. One rod with a Smack Tackle crankbait tied on which I had got at the BKFT Kiser Fish Off, Smack Tackle has become a new sponsor of the trail for 2014. One rod with a white swimbait, and the last rod with a small spoon. I alternated between throwing the three baits with little success. I found that the discharge was infested with baby gar. I managed to hook one of these baby gar (approximately 18") on the small spoon but it came off before I could lift it from the water. Two hours later and I still hadn't caught a fish. I snagged my spoon in a tree so I decided to switch to a small white grub on a 1/8oz jig. This ended up being a wise choice as shortly after I finally got a couple small hybrids to avoid the skunk. This was the bigger of the two at 12".

It was nearing dusk at this point and I had no intention of crossing the river after the sun set so I started making my way back. On my way back I took this picture of the power plant, I thought it turned out quite well, sort of reminds me of the Pink Floyd Animals album.

So that was my day.... wait... the blog is titled "Wipers On Fire"? Well, on my way back the fish must have decided, "Rylan, today is your lucky day".  Here I am minding my own business and then out of nowhere fish just started blowing up on the surface like crazy about 50ft from me. I immediately drop everything, grabbed my rod with the swimbait, and cast directly into the frenzy. Twitch... Twitch... Slam! Fish On! This was a decent fish I could tell, but with wipers its always hard to tell as they all fight so hard. Definitely one of the strongest pound for pound fighters I have ever fished for if not the strongest. Not only that but they are the most aggressive fish in and out of the water I have ever caught. A couple drag pulling runs later and I had the hybrid in my net. It weighed in at 2lbs 4oz and measured 19.25". My goal for the day was to catch a Kayak Wars qualifying hybrid which is 18" so I was pumped.
19.25" 2lb 4oz Hybrid Striped Bass
19.25" 2lb 4oz Hybrid Striped Bass
Now throughout the course of dealing with this fish, all I could think was, "I just want to get a bait back in the water and catch another". By the time I was done the surface blowups had ceased and my swimbait was destroyed. I didn't want to waste time retying so I grabbed the rod with the Smack Tackle crankbait. I made a cast near where the fish were. I couple cranks of the reel and another huge bite! This fish felt larger than the first and ripped drag several times before I finally landed it. This fish weighed in at 3lbs 10oz and measured 22.5".
22.5" 3lb 10oz Hybrid Striped Bass
22.5" 3lb 10oz Hybrid Striped Bass
22.5" 3lb 10oz Hybrid Striped Bass
The bite continued to be hot but the fish only got smaller from that point on. The longer I stayed the fish progressively got smaller. I ended up getting 3 around 17" and several more in the 12-16" range. Some of these fish were actually hitting the crankbait as I pulled it up to the surface next to my NuCanoe. I didn't try it but I don't doubt that a top water bait would have worked well too. By 8:30pm I was still catching fish but I decided to call it quits as I had work in the morning. I made good use of my Yak Attack Visi Carbon Pro as I made my way back to the boat ramp in the dark. Odds are I won't find the same bite in the same spot but I can't wait to go back for round 2 most likely this weekend.

At first I wasn't so sure that the two pictured fish were really Hybrid Stripers, I didn't rule out the possibility that they were full Stripers. In the past we haven't been so confident in distinguishing the two. So I went back and reviewed an old forum post Sean had made about distinguishing the two and this reassured me that these fish were hybrid striped bass. You can find that post here.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Crappie Harvest 10/25-10/26


Last Friday after work, October 25th, I met up with Sean at Rocky Fork Lake to do some more crappie fishing. I knew I wanted to try deeper water based on the experience two weeks ago. We both agreed on a deeper cove. I got on the water at 4pm, the water temperature was 58 degrees. I found that the cove was loaded with baby shad. At one point it looked like rain they were hitting the surface so much. Sean had arrived before me and had already caught a few different fish casting a Smack Tackle Flitterbait. I went straight to a big submerged tree that we have known to hold crappie. Sean soon settled in on a tree a little ways up the bank to focus on the crappie as well. The tree I was fishing was sitting in 12-13ft water. I set a minnow float out at 7ft deep and began jigging a chartreuse crappie tube. It didn't take long to find my first crappie.
This crappie was near bottom so that gave me an idea of where to set my float. I adjusted my slip float to about 9ft deep and continued jigging the tube. I got lots of nibbles on the tube near bottom but failed to hook these fish. Every 10-15 minutes I would get a bite on the float. About one out of every three bites I would get a crappie. The other two out of three bites I would either miss or I would hook the fish and get snagged reeling it up through the tree. I attribute the misses to bluegill and the nibbles on bottom to bluegill. I eventually caught one of the said bluegill on my minnow float.

Later in the evening I snagged my crappie tube really good. My crappie jigging reel is spooled with 15lb braid so typically I pull my baits out of just about anything often times bending the hooks. Well this snag was relentless. Finally I was able to pop the hook free or so I thought. This is what happens when you put 15lb braid up against a 1/32oz jig.

The sun soon set and we called it quits. I had got 8 crappie and 1 bluegill on the evening with 5 keeper crappie. Sean had done considerably better catching approximately 20 crappie with 8 keepers. Sean wasn't planning on keeping fish so I had previously told him I would keep anything he caught. I headed home and cleaned fish. Here's the fish we harvested.

Saturday, October 26th, I had originally intended on going to the OH River for some Hybrid Striped Bass. The 20mph wind however turned me against this idea. I hardly wanted my first trip to the OH River in my NuCanoe which involved crossing the river to be in 20mph wind. There wasn't many options I would consider doing in 20mph wind. Ultimately I decided to head back to Rocky Fork Lake for more crappie. The tree I had fished the previous day was perfect for tying off to which is the best way to anchor when it is possible. I arrived at 1pm to very choppy water as expected.


I made my way to the planned tree, which was against the wind, and quickly tied off.

The bite was similar to the previous day. Floats in the 8-10ft range was the best bite I could find. The water temperature had dropped to 56 degrees. I caught some surprisingly small bluegill on my minnow float this day, here was the smallest, almost small enough to use for crappie bait itself.

At one point I hooked something that felt decent but of course after a few seconds it was wrapped up in the tree and broke free. By the end of the day I had got 9 crappie and 6 bluegill with 6 keeper crappie. Here's the fish I harvested.

So I ended up with a decent mess of fish and can't wait to have a fish fry. I did end up making it to the OH River the next day but I have decided to save that for another post later this week.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Kiser Lake Fish Off

Saturday, October 19th, I made the trip to Kiser Lake for the Buckeye Kayak Fishing Trail Angler of the Year tie breaker. I woke up at 3am, got ready, and was out the door around 4am. On my way out I snapped a picture of the bright full moon shining through the clouds.

The temperature was 37 degrees at this point and wasn't supposed to rise above 50 degrees that day. On top of that it was going to rain and be windy. So I was prepared for a cold and rainy day on the water. I arrived at Kiser at about 6:15am, way too early as usual. I waited an hour for the other anglers to show up, including Jeff Bennett, my competition for angler of the year. Check in was supposed to be 7:30am. At about 7:30am, it started raining.

My game plan for the day was my usual jig and chigger craw combo. It worked for me the first time I fished at Kiser, maybe it would work again. Plus, a jig is supposed to be a good fall bass bait. I also had a white spinnerbait and a frog tied on. Since the wind was predicted to be blowing from the west, I decided I would work my way towards the west early on and once the wind got bad I would just let it blow me back down.

We got on the water at about 8:00am and I started working my way west on the south side of the lake as planned. The water temperature was in the upper 50's. I made sure to experiment with my retrieve, depth, and location to try and find any kind of pattern. I tried my jig in the lily pads, along the edges of the pads, along weed lines (which were much harder to see without the sun I had in the previous tournament at Kiser), and even in open water. I also tried my spinnerbait along the lily pad edges and out in the open water a few times. I kept seeing occasional splashes out in the middle which might have been bass schooling baitfish. I wasn't getting bites, but I continued on hoping that the tough conditions was causing similar results for everybody else.

Finally after a couple hours I found a few bites on the jig but failed to hook anything. I figured these bass were just too small to eat my jig, any bass under 12" is typically tough to catch on this particular jig. At this point I just wanted to catch a bass period so I tied on a small swimbait to attempt to catch whatever was biting. I failed to get any bites on the swimbait so I moved on with the jig since it was the only thing I had got a bite on. I was hesitant to retie and try different baits as my hands were cold and wet.

The rain never ceased and the wind began to pick up. The next couple hours was much the same as the first two. I'd get a small bite every now and then but just couldn't hook up with anything. By noon the wind was ripping down the lake and anchoring became necessary. I then decided to tie on a smaller jig and go back to the area where I had the most bites for the remainder of the tournament. The smaller jig failed to produce any bites and sure enough I switched back to the bigger jig and got a few bites but couldn't hook them once again. By 1:00pm I was ready to head back down the lake to see how everybody else was doing, check in time was 2:00pm. White caps were now occurring in the middle of the lake. I made my way to the beach where most people were already at.

After talking to a few people I found that everybody else had done surprisingly well despite the very tough conditions. From what I could tell the bass just must have been shallower. Spinnerbaits, crankbaits, small creature baits, and senkos had all worked for anglers on the east end of the lake. Jeff had even caught a 21" largemouth in the last hour to put him at 51". This was more than enough to get Jeff the win on the day and angler of the year. Congratulations to Jeff and as always, thanks to the guys who run the tournaments and all of the tournament sponsors. See y'all next year!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Fall Crappie Fishing 10/11 - 10/13

This past weekend I took advantage of some beautiful fall weather and fished three days in a row for crappie. When I say beautiful, it was 70's and the wind was very minimal. Early fall crappie is not something I've had a lot of experience with. Typically I'm focused on catfish or hybrid striped bass this time of year. November, when the crappie have moved deeper into or close to their wintering holes is when I usually start fishing for them.

Friday, October 11th, after getting off work I loaded up and headed to Rocky Fork Lake. First I picked up some crappie minnows, you can't go wrong with live bait. My thought was that the crappie might be a little shallower feasting on baitfish before the winter so I headed towards a boat ramp on the shallower side of the lake. I got on the water around 3:30pm, the water temperature was 72 degrees. I had two slip floats and a 1/32 jig for either a crappie tube or minnow. I started working the bank of a shallow cove. I would cast out a minnow float set around 3ft deep and jig a small chartreuse crappie tube around any structure. After a couple hours I had failed to find any crappie but I did manage one bluegill on the crappie tube. Throughout this time I tried setting my slip floats in the 2-5ft range around any downed trees I could find and a few docks which hold some crappie from time to time. Once it neared dusk I located some schools of baitfish but I failed to catch anything and called it a night a 7:30pm.

Saturday, October 12th, with plenty of minnows on hand I headed to a smaller lake that I had success at in the spring. I arrived and got on the water at 11:30am, the water temperature was 65 degrees. My game plan was pretty much the same as the previous day, minnow floats set in the 2-5ft range and jigging a crappie tube around wood. Three hours went by and I had yet to get a single bite. Where were all the crappie hiding? The only thing I hadn't tried was deeper. So I adjusted my slip floats down to the 6-8ft range, located a deeper submerged tree and waited. A short while later I finally had my first bite but failed to hook the fish. I thought to myself, "Huh, the crappie must be deeper than I expected". I have herd in the past that it is all about finding the right depth with crappie. Thirty minutes went by and I didn't get anymore bites so I moved on to another spot. The next spot was a downed tree in 12ft of water which is just about as deep as it gets in this lake. I located the top of the tree using my fish finder and set my floats out right on top of it, still set in the 6-8ft range. Not long after I finally landed my first crappie of the weekend, it was a nice 12 incher. Maybe I had finally found where the crappie were hiding. A few minutes later a float disappeared again. I hooked into another fish which felt a little bigger than the previous. After a short fight I had the slab in my NuCanoe. I knew this crappie was easily a 13"+ trophy. I laid it on my hawg trough measuring board and seen an astonishing 15" crappie. This was a half inch longer than the personal best 14.5" I had caught earlier in the spring. I then weighed the crappie at 1lb 1oz... this was much lower than I expected. The 14.5" I had caught in the spring weighed 1lb 12oz but this was during spawn. As usual, my camera on a timer has problems with brightness, so I didn't get many good pictures with me and the crappie.
15" 1lb 1oz White Crappie
15" 1lb 1oz White Crappie
15" 1lb 1oz White Crappie
I had finally found the crappie, or so I thought. I waited another hour without any bites. It was a two bite wonder. Finally I got another bite but it was only a bonus largemouth.

Shortly after I called it quits for the day as I had plans that evening.

Sunday, October 13th, I decided to head back to the same small lake from Saturday to see if I could finally dial in on the crappie knowing that they were a little bit deeper from the start. I got on the water at around 2:00pm, the water temperature was 66 degrees. Again I spent nearly 3 hours without a bite. Finally I moved to the spot I had success at on Saturday. An hour went by without a bite at this spot as well. Finally a float disappeared... it was a decent 11.5" crappie. These crappie were few and far between. I stayed at the same spot for another hour without bites and was minutes away from moving on when I got yet another bite. It was another nice one, 14" 14oz. I was tired of the bad pictures using my cameras timer so I took a selfie this time.
14" 14oz White Crappie
14" 14oz White Crappie
So after catching yet another trophy crappie from this tree I decided to stay on this spot until dark. Another hour went by and another crappie... a 10.5" incher this time. A couple minutes later and I got the smallest crappie of the weekend, less than 8". Two quick fish, maybe they were turning on at dusk? Nope, soon the sun set and I concluded the day with 4 crappie.

Three days of crappie fishing and I'd only caught 6. Definitely wasn't a numbers weekend but I'll take quality over numbers any day. My theory is that they are either spread out thin or roaming around deeper water right now. Regardless, I caught two very nice crappie and the weather was great so I couldn't ask for a better weekend of fishing.

Monday, October 14, 2013

NuCanoe Fish Finder Install

Recently I was gifted with a new fish finder from my dad for my 25th birthday. The fish finder was a Raymarine Dragonfly and was more than I could have asked for. This gave me the excuse I needed to finally mount a fish finder on my NuCanoe Frontier 12. I also really wanted to get a fish finder going before winter crappie fishing which I feel a fish finder really comes in handy for.

I'd previously bought a deer feeder battery just for this purpose. So all I needed to do is figure out how I wanted to mount the fish finder itself and the transducer. The transducer was the biggest concern. Previously I had decided that mounting it hanging over the side was my favorite option. Other options include through hull and scupper mounting. I didn't like the through hull idea as I wanted an accurate water temperature reading. I didn't like the through scupper idea as it would be hard to remove if I needed to drag over a riffle. I realized that having a transducer hanging over the side would effect my tracking but this was a side effect I was willing to take.

The next step was figuring out how I wanted to mount the transducer over the side. Should I make my own mount or buy one from the market? My biggest priority was the ability to easily swing the transducer up and out of the water if needed. After browsing my options online I decided to go with the RAM Transducer Arm Mount. The RAM Transducer Arm combined with a 1" Yak Attack Screwball would be the perfect combination as I could mount the arm in any of the Yak Attack Geartrac's I had previously installed on the rim of the NuCanoe or on the stock Freedom Tracks. So I placed my order for the arm and a couple 1" balls at Hook1.

At the time I purchased the arm I was unsure how flexible it would be although since it was going to be attached to a screwball I knew I could move it however I wanted anyway. A few days later I received my package from Hook1 and found that the core of the arm was an aluminum rod. Here's a picture of all the components included with the arm plus the two 1" balls. 

No directions were included with the arm but assembly was pretty straight forward. The rod required a little brute force to bind but was doable by hand. It wasn't long before I had the arm installed.



The next step was mounting my fish finder. I knew I wanted it to be easily removable just like the transducer arm. I had the NuCanoe slide mount accessory that I had yet to put to good use so I thought this would be the perfect combo. I could secure the extra wire to the bottom of the slide mount so it could all be easily removed. Also my deer feeder battery fit nicely under the slide mount. Here's the finished product.


As you can see in the last picture the arm can easily be pulled up and in when not needed or when in shallow water. The entire setup is also very easy to remove.

This Saturday I tried it out on the water for the first time and I was pleased. The Raymarine Dragonfly was very easy to use. The menu design was simple and there wasn't a bunch of overwhelming options.


Monday, October 7, 2013

Buckeye Kayak Fishing Trial's Dayton Kayak Fishing Experience Tournament

Saturday, October 5th, I fished the final tournament of the Buckeye Kayak Fishing Trail, the Dayton Kayak Fishing Experience. Days before the tournament I had decided I didn't want to do the same float that we had did for prefishing the week before. That float was 7.5 miles with two portages which was way too long for the time given in the tournament in my opinion. I decided I wanted to fish only the last 3 mile section of that float. The offer was on the table with Sean to fish only this section together, otherwise I was just going to paddle upstream from the take out. Sean decided he still wanted to fish the entire 7.5 mile float so I was on my own.

So Saturday morning I woke up at 3am, took a shower, and made some breakfast. I'd decided I wanted to wake up extra early so I could make a good breakfast. You know what they say, a great day starts with a great breakfast. A Jimmy Dean breakfast skillet bag was my breakfast of choice.

By 4:30am I was on the road to Dayton. I arrived at the check in location shortly after 6am. Check in time was from 6:30am to 7:30am and was part of the Midwest Outdoor Experience event being held in Eastwood Park, Dayton. The event turned out to be much more extravagant than I had imagined but more on that later. I made my way to the Buckeye Kayak Fishing Trail's booth and signed up. At 6:45am tournament leader Neil Farley went over the general stuff and sent the early birds on their way. After a 15 minute drive I arrived at my put in, shortly after a couple other guys arrived that had the same idea as me which I fully expected. I quickly unloaded my gear and got on the water by 7:30am.

I'd developed a really specific game plan for the day and I stuck to that. Step one was trolling two paddle tail swimbaits upstream until I got to the area I wanted to target smallmouth in. This was in hopes to catch a bonus fish for the tournament which was a 12" crappie or a 14" saugeye. Also I didn't rule out the possibility of picking up a stray smallmouth chasing a school of baitfish either. After an hour of slowly paddling upstream and watching the sun rise I hadn't had any bites and I had arrived at the first area I wanted to hit for smallmouth. I quickly switched to my smallmouth bait of choice, a jig. Now the typical jig that I use for largemouth I have found to be a little large for smallmouth. I'll get dozens of bites without hooking the fish. So my plan was to downsize to a smaller jig, specifically the Strike King Bitsy Bug in watermelon color and 1/4oz, the largest weight they make them in. I paired the bitsy bug jig with my secret weapon, the Berkley Chigger Chunk in watermelon red fleck color, not to be confused with the Berkley Chigger Craw which has been a popular bait in the trail. The Chigger Chunk is shorter, fatter, and has two huge claws.

After I only a few casts with the jig... Wham! I had a fish on and it was a good one. It made a small leap and I saw that it was at least a 16" smallmouth. I had noticed another tournament angler was approaching and witnessed the entire battle, the angler was Jim Martin. I quickly pulled the smallmouth into my NuCanoe. Jim wasn't sure what I had caught as he was at a distance so I showed him the nice smallmouth. It wasn't a fat smallmouth but It was long and that is all that matters in the tournaments. I laid it on my hawg trough and it measured 17.75", tying my personal best I'd caught the week before. Jim then took a "hero shot" of me with the fish on his camera and I released it. This day was starting off really well.
17.75" Smallmouth Bass
I regrouped and Jim continued on upstream. I took a few more casts and got another huge bite. This one felt different though. It was trying hard to stay on bottom and was giving me some serious head shakes, much like a catfish. So I expected I'd hooked a small catfish but to my surprise when I finally lifted the fish to the surface I seen the dark green color of yet another nice smallmouth. I quickly lifted the smallmouth aboard. To my surprise it was yet another 17.75". I thought to myself, "did I just catch the same smallmouth again? No... no way, a fish that old is way too smart to get caught twice in a row". I didn't take time to analyze the fish at the time to see if it was indeed the same fish as I wanted to return to what seemed like a hot bite. Upon looking at the photos, they definitely appear to be different fish.
Another 17.75" Smallmouth Bass
17.75" Smallmouth Bass
I continued to fish this same area for some time without any success. Eventually I continued on upstream. Fishing was pretty slow for some time after this. I spent nearly 3 hours with only a few nibbles. At one point it began to sprinkle rain and I noticed a rainbow on the horizon so I snapped a picture.

 I was getting desperate to get a third 12" smallmouth, the minimum size for the tournament. With only a 12" for my third fish I would still be sitting in the upper 40's which would no doubt place well in the tournament. Finally I hooked into a small one. I put it on the board to see that it was only 11 inches... Shortly after I hooked yet another small one but it was a little bigger than the last... 11.5". Where were all the medium sized smallmouth I kept wondering? Another hour went by and I had only a couple nibbles. I took out my phone to look at the time for the first time... 12:30pm. I wanted to be back at the take out by 2pm so I had about an hour left before I needed to start paddling that way. After catching two nice ones I wasn't going to get a third fish... so I thought. I made one last ditch effort and paddled upstream into a riffle as far as I could get before it got too shallow. I took a cast... nothing. Another cast... nothing. A third cast... Strike! I had another good fish on and all I could think was please don't spit the hook, please don't spit the hook. This one was fighting harder than the first two but It was in current. I lifted the smallmouth up and into my NuCanoe and let out a yell of excitement and a sigh of relief. The fish appeared to be slightly bigger than the previous two but turns out it was just fatter. It was yet another 17.75" smallmouth. I weighed this one at 2lbs 6oz, 1oz bigger than the personal best I had set the week before.
17.75" 2lb 6oz Smallmouth Bass
17.75" 2lb 6oz Smallmouth Bass
I did the math and I found that I had 53.25", one of the best days of bass fishing I had ever had. I knew I had a really good chance of winning and would be happy regardless of the results. I tied on the swimbaits I had trolled upstream and began trolling them back downstream. I didn't get any bites. Soon I arrived at the take out and Sean, Amanda, and company had caught up as well. It sounded like they all did well too. I loaded up and headed to the measure in. We all turned in our camera cards and waited as it began to rain more significantly. As I waited I watched some of the many events going on at the Midwest Outdoor Experience. There was a dog jumping contest, something I had never seen before in person. A rock climbing wall, skateboard/bmx ramps, a wooden ramp covered in ice that people were tubing and snowboarding down, a 12 hour endurance run, and of course dozens of people paddling canoes and kayaks around a small stream in the park. Like I said before, the event was much bigger than I had imagined.

After an hour, the results were finally in. The top 10 received cash. At 5th place was Sean. At 2nd place was Amanda, who also got the big fish pot with a very impressive 19" smallmouth. Finally 1st place... It was me, I had won my second tournament of the year. The full results of the tournament will be posted in the next day or so at http://www.buckeyekayakfishingtrail.com/#!midwest-river-experience/c171v.

Since it was the last event of the year it was now time to award the Yak Ohio prizes. A Yak Ohio is the biggest fish in a given category caught by an angler throughout the entire year who participated in at least 2 in person events. I had been very fortunate with the big fish this year and knew I had won two categories, Largemouth Bass and a tie for Crappie. I had heard that the prize was going to be a t-shirt which would have been fine but to my surprise the trail team had acquired a trophy for each category along with a couple nice baits. You can see the complete list of Yak Ohio winners at http://www.buckeyekayakfishingtrail.com/#!yak-ohio-leaders/cn30. Here's a picture of the trophies I received, which were quite nice, and the baits I got along with them.

Finally, it was time to announce the overall trail standings winners. The top 5 were to all get prizes. 5th place was a tie and both anglers, Neil Farley and Travis Belcher, elected to give the prize to 6th place which happened to be Amanda. 4th place was Logan Estep, 3rd place was Sean, 2nd place was... wait it was a tie! With my win I had managed to come back from 5th place to tie leader Jeff Bennett. Since there was only one prize that wasn't splittable for 1st place, it had previously been decided that if there was a tie there would be a 1 on 1 fish off. It was then up to the two anglers to get together within three weeks of the tournament to compete for the win. It was also to be drawn from a hat whether it was to be on a lake or a river/stream. Rather than drawing from a hat we played the old pick a hand game. It was determined, we would be fishing a lake, which happened to be Kiser Lake. This was fine by me as Kiser Lake was where I had got my other tournament win. I'm sure it stood well with Jeff too as he had won an unofficial event at Kiser Lake. Neil then suggested, "Why don't we just have a full event at Kiser in two weeks and whoever places higher between Jeff and Rylan takes 1st place?". This was fine by me as well as everybody else. So the tournament will continue on for one final event on October 19th at Kiser Lake to determine the angler of the year.

As always, I want to thank all the tournament sponsors and the guys who put the tournaments together, they really do an exceptional job. Good luck to all who attend the Kiser Lake event.