We had 31 members and five guests using 19 boats to fish the
tournament of the year on Potholes Reservoir. Members camped
out at O'Sullivans Park where a good time was reported to be had by all.
Many congratulations and thanks to the several significant
others that provided the outstanding food all done with a
Mexican motif. The water temperatures were in the mid 60's with mild morning
temperatures and afternoon temperatures rising in to the 80's.
Winds were mild all weekend. The water was approximately
15 feet below full pool. There were 3 fish over six pounds
and another four over five pounds. It was a great club
tournament like only Potholes can produce!
first place, with his first club victory, was Joe Mitchell with 2 daily limits that totaled
34.50 pounds. His Saturday limit of 22.90 set a new club
record for the largest single day weight. He
also came with .28 pounds of setting the 2 day club record.
Joe also had the big fish, a 6.20 pound largemouth on Saturday.
Joe said, " Going
into the tournament I had a spot I was banking on that I found
last year during pre fish that I couldn't fish last year due to
the bad weather. The first spot I pulled up on was a hole that
produces well for 2 pound fish but didn't have too many fish on
it this year but I was able to pull a 3 and some 2's. When that
spot died out I went to the hole that I really wanted to fish .
The fish were on! It was nothing like I've ever
experienced in my life. One fish after another and nothing
smaller then 3 pounds. After having a very solid bag I
decided to do some searching for spots close by to have a few
more spots for Sunday. Every spot I pulled up on had more
big fish and I was able to cull out a few more times which
I thought would never be possible. Heading into Sunday I
planned on just trying to duplicate the day before with the same
baits and same spots but the fishing just wasn't the same. So I
switched up baits and was able to get some fish to bite and put
together a bag but it took all day. Most fish came off
soft plastics and the others off a crankbait."
second place was Jaymee Strasbaugh with 30.15 pounds. Jaymee said, "
all of my fish in the dunes both days from spinner baits, senkos to a 5”
straight tail worm. Sunday I caught my big smallmouth in the dunes in about 2
feet of water on a walk the dog style top water bait. Both days were tough to
get the bigger fish to bite and really had to work on them. "
third was Dwayne Lyons with 29.10 pounds. Dwayne said"
fourth place with 28.35 pounds was new member Kevin Wiley.
This was Kevin's first top five finish. Kevin said "
This was my second time fishing the lake so I
based my pattern from the 1 weekend of pre fishing. I focused
on the Medicare Beach and Goose Island humps using football head
jigs with Yamamoto Hula Grubs. I used the 5 inch in Baby Bass
and #176. I caught fish in 3 feet to 20 feet but the average
depth was about 10 feet. I caught mostly smallmouth but some
largemouth came out of the area."
Finishing in the top five was Gerald Dunn with 28.10
pounds. Gerald said he fished within a half mile of the
Lind Coulee launch each day. He was exclusively throwing
crank baits. A KVD 2.5 worked the best for Gerald.
Interviews by Tom Melowitz