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  • March tourney

    Posted by creekcrappie on February 18, 2014 at 12:51 am

    So it turns out I am fishing a tourney march the 22. I have never been to the lake but I am assuming I would have to use drop shots and jerk baits. What do you guys think I should use and what depths that time of the year? What area of the lake should I stick to? This will be my first tournament and it will be in the 11-14 year old category. Any help would be appreciated since it is my very first time fishing a tournament and first time on center hill.

    cmacfish replied 10 years, 3 months ago 5 Members · 11 Replies
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  • Brian

    Administrator
    February 18, 2014 at 3:31 am

    Where is the tournament going out of?

  • creekcrappie

    Member
    February 18, 2014 at 4:04 am

    Ragland Bottom

  • cmacfish

    Member
    February 28, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    I’m fishing a tournament on CH the 3/22 as well out of Hurricane Bridge. Last year was tough for us but someone managed 5 spots weighing 9# fishing bluffs. I only had a few caught on the rig. 2 years ago we had several limits and nearly 17# won it. I’m going to focus on flats near deep water or I may try a worm on the bluffs. It all depends on the weather and water temp.

  • Brian

    Administrator
    February 28, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    There are two patterns I like to use in March. The first is fishing bluff walls with a 3 blade(willow) spinnerbait. Cast the bait right up to the wall, let it fall for 5 seconds or so, pump it up once and then reel it in slowly. If the spot or smallmouth are holding to the wall they will slam it! I caught my largest smallie doing this(6.5lbs)! The water usually has to be at least 60.

    The second pattern I like it casting a small 1″ grub (cream with chart tail on 1/16pz jig head). You want to use stong 6lb fluorocarbon line and a good jig head with a strong hook……buy the expensive ones for this. Cast it to any tree that has fallen into the water and and hanging on a bluff wall. The wall might be in 100ft and the tree submerged just 4ft-8ft under the water, but quality fish will suspend on these trees. Reel the grub in as slow as you can and wait for that “tick”.

  • blockel

    Member
    February 28, 2014 at 3:20 pm
    quote Brian Carper:

    There are two patterns I like to use in March. The first is fishing bluff walls with a 3 blade(willow) spinnerbait. Cast the bait right up to the wall, let it fall for 5 seconds or so, pump it up once and then reel it in slowly. If the spot or smallmouth are holding to the wall they will slam it! I caught my largest smallie doing this(6.5lbs)! The water usually has to be at least 60.

    The second pattern I like it casting a small 1″ grub (cream with chart tail on 1/16pz jig head). You want to use stong 6lb fluorocarbon line and a good jig head with a strong hook……buy the expensive ones for this. Cast it to any tree that has fallen into the water and and hanging on a bluff wall. The wall might be in 100ft and the tree submerged just 4ft-8ft under the water, but quality fish will suspend on these trees. Reel the grub in as slow as you can and wait for that “tick”.

    That grub technique sounds thrilling. I had some hairs standing up just from reading the description, haha!

  • creekcrappie

    Member
    February 28, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Brian, what size and brand spinnerbait would you recommend?

  • Brian

    Administrator
    February 28, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    1/2oz(small profile bait), white, pearl with a little chartreuse in it. Any brand. Strike King has some nice ones

  • simplecircuit

    Member
    March 5, 2014 at 2:30 am

    War Eagle also makes some nice compact finesse spinnerbaits.
    Their 1/2oz is about the size of most companies 1/4oz. Otherwise, strike king is a good brand to look at.
    Also, I know a lot of guys that swear by Lucky Craft Pointers on the bluffs at that time of year.
    J.

  • creekcrappie

    Member
    March 6, 2014 at 11:58 pm
  • Brian

    Administrator
    March 7, 2014 at 1:54 am

    That looks good. Get one with 3 silver blades.

  • cmacfish

    Member
    March 17, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    I heard 21# won a tournament on the Hill this past Saturday caught on the rig. Couldn’t get the location because he’s fishing another tournament again this Saturday. Hope this helps.

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