I fished a practice tournament on chickamagua today along with 4 other guys. We went to a pocket off the main river and started fishing spooks and squarebill cranks. I lost one around 12 inches and my partner caught a dink on the spook. We go down the bank and keep fishing. Then I caught one 14.5 inch FAT largemouth on a natural shad h2o express squarebill. The fish had it in its mouth so deep that I couldn’t see it with its mouth closed. I decided to fish the natural shad the rest of the day because I found out what they want. It was a paper tournament so I got to count that one. I catch a 16 incher on the natural shad squarebill. We moved to another pocket and I wanted to try my shaky worm so I fished it. The second cast I felt the tap tap and I swung on him. I said he wasn’t that big, but he was coming straight for the boat. A solid 4 pounder comes up and jumps 3 foot high. He shakes my worm 😮 . It took a lot of effort, but I tried to forget it and make another one bite. We went for 4 hours without a bite so we head to the back of Sale creek. We saw a ton of huge shellcracker beds and empty bass beds. I pick up my natural shad squarebill and fan cast it in the back near the culvert. Then I saw one swimming, it took me a while to realize I had a 15.25 incher hooked and coming at me. I let out a mike iaconelli scream when we netted that bass 😀 We went back and everybody else had a bad day. It never occured to me that I would win with 3 fish and 5 something pounds. I won $9 lol. Hope they are biting better in the state tournament june 6
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