2011 Spring King of the Lake Report
Its been a while and it feels great being back into the tournament scene full time again. With the horrible weather this spring it was almost impossible to hit the Easter weekend target to get the new boat into the water. Finally got it in the water a couple of days before the spring KOTL.
Here is how our weekend went.
Started Friday morning loading the boat with all our gear. We left the dock at 7 and I was a little nervous not knowing what to expect with the new boat, this would be the first time running the boat. Took it easy and made our way to the canal to start our pre-fish, boat ran great. Set up in 40 feet of water, 2 riggers, 2 wire divers 2 long lines putting out a mixed bag of baits letting the fish tell us what they want. This is when we found our first issue, no down speed. Started trying to figure what was wrong with the unit and the Roys Salmon Seeker on the rigger fires. My brother Peter grabs the rod and starts battling a spring king. Issue number two, riggers staving for power they wont come up. I'm thinking to myself good thing its Friday. Peter lands a 18lb king and we continue fishing. 20 minutes go by and our five colour fires, 10lb king on NBK Super Slim. We fish for three hours and land six kings. I'm pretty happy on how the boat is running and the picture was great so we decided we needed to get in to address the Sub troll and the riggers. We spent a few hours at the dock and got everything worked out.
Shot gun start and we run over to our points from Friday with 90 percent of the field. Set up and noticed the picture change, almost no
hooks. Trolled for an hour without a sniff and went into search mode. Another 45 min and nothing. OK boys pull rods were out of here. Losing half our pre-fish due to problem the day before i didn't have a second spot to go to but I did hear there was some fish towards Jordan. Off we went. We set up just outside the pack of boats at Charles Daily ( 45 feet or water) and nothing. Told the boy it skinny water time we're moving into the pack get the stick baits out. its now 10:30 not even a hit. we tuck into 30 feet a take our first king on a spoon. Don't ask me what colour i put out so much sh#t out i cant remember. 30 min later our second king on a Lyman almost the same spot. Maybe we got something here. 15 min later another on a Renosky. we fished a small pocket of water and work our butts off to scratch a box together. We ended the day with 5 kings and 2 cohos. 52.74 lbs on day one put us into 14 place.
Guess where were going in the morning.
Shotgun start and again we run with 90 percent of the field to our points from the day before. Set up or tried to set up and three of our first five rods rifle. 20 minutes in 3 kings in the box. Lyman on five colour, DW hot pickle on wire diver and another Lyman on the rigger. Reset our spread and the same rigger fires again. After a short battle we land our fourth fish. 20 min later we get a wire shot on a Dr fly combo and lose it. 15 min later same rig takes our fifth fish. We got our box pressure is off. We boat 11 fish by 9:30 but our fish were getting smaller not bigger. We start moving looking for some bigger fish. We try deeper clearer water nothing. We try further west nothing. We try further East nothing. OK lets try in front of Port D. Started trolling home and noticed my starboard battery was running low and not charging. Team made a decision to call it a day and not take a chance hurting the boat or not making it in at all. Came in at 12:30. We had a good box and felt it would move us up into the top ten which was our goal for the weekend. Our day two weight was over 71 lbs. and moved us up 8 spots to sixth place. it was the forth biggest box on day two.
Thanks to Rob, Peter and Steve for a great weekend. Wouldn't of been able to do it with out you guys.
Looking forward to Wilson. Boat should be dialed in by then.