Brandon Card with a big one to start his day! Photo by Marshal Payton Patterson.
Two so far for Steve Kennedy. Photo by Marshal Todd Shearin.
In recent years I’ve spent some time fishing on Lake Seminole during the spawn. Although I’m working on various GoPro projects from my hotel room this morning, I can tell that Seminole is already living up to her reputation of overcrowding in certain areas. I’ve been keeping up with the blog this morning and I saw this picture come in from one of our marshals on the water.
If I’m not mistaken, this is a very popular spawning pocket about halfway down the Flint River. In years passed, it’s had acres of hydrilla that filter the stained water of the Flint to create one of few areas on the Flint where anglers can easily see the bottom in 6 feet of water.
In the past, I’ve seen upwards of 25 pounds of bass locked on bed in this area. The unfortunate part is that this place is extremely obvious given the mapping that we have today. A quick look at Google Earth or your GPS system will reveal this to be the backwater with the most potential on the Flint. So a lot of guys inevitably find it as you can see from this picture.
That crowd creates several problems. The more trolling motors that blow by these fish during practice and competition, the more skittish these bass become. This area at its prime can’t sustain many boats for multiple days. Perhaps if the weather was headed into a warming trend and there were several more fish coming in to spawn every night, but at best your still only talking two or three boats over 3 to 4 days of competition. Hence the mad dash we’re seeing this morning.
This is one of the places we heard anglers talking about last night as they prayed under their breath for an early draw. If I could pick the boat numbers, I could have made a lot of money yesterday by auctioning off early flights. In practice, these bass were “one casters”. Spawning bass that bit the first piece of plastic to fall in front of their face. Anglers knew that if they could get an early draw, things could get right in a hurry in a place like this.
By now though the low hanging fruit has already been plucked. Those early anglers into areas like this are having to make a very critical decision that will determine the outcome of their week. ‘Do I hunker down and claim my piece of paradise in hopes that more fish will come into this area and lock on? Or do I run to an area that I know has less fish and that I hope has less boats?’
Several anglers will lose a lot of money on decisions like that this week. A few will strike gold listening to their gut. Time to sit back and watch the plot unfold.
We headed from inside the canals towards the main lake. We pulled up on Brett Hite who just limited out in front of us. He says he has a limit for about 15 to 16 pounds already.
Nate Wellman with a nice 4 pound bass. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Shane Saunders.
Photo by Darren Jacobson.
Rookie Brandon Lester with three already. Best around 6 pounds. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal James Watson.
"Brian Snowden with number 2!" Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Dick Durbin.
"Lots of sight fishing going on!" Photo of Gary Klein by Bassmaster Marshal Clayton Shoupe.
Brandon Palaniuk, the Rigid Industries Pro, is back in a small canal targeting bedding bass with a spinning rod as well as the occasional bait casting combo.
Charlie Hartley just wandered back where Brandon Palaniuk is located. Hartley boats his first keeper of the day that weighed in the 2 to 2.5 region. Palaniuk still with 0.