After pre-fishing everywhere from Lost Bridge to Ventris in the weeks leading up to the tourney, I settled on the Ventris area come tourney day. I was finding limits in all areas, but Ventris seemed to be producing more bites and was finally showing me a pattern. I literally went into this with 9 or 10 rods tied up with plastics and jigs because the top water bite was non-existent during most outings. I had one whopper plopper tied on just in case they were busting early. Fortunately, I arrived at my starting spot about 6 am and the fish were up chasing bait. This gave me time to tie on a black buzz bait before lines in, which led to me catching most of my fish before the blazing sun got high. Once the sun got over me, I headed to the muddy, wave beating edges of the main lake and started fishing a shaky head. I pretty much fished it the rest of the day in various colors and sizes. Keeping myself calm and focused during the slow hours was the key. It was definitely a grind all day!
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