Gussy hopes to mix it up

Jeff “Gussy” Gustafson came into this tournament hoping to catch a quick limit of largemouth, before switching to better quality smallmouth later in the day. That game plan hasn’t panned out, but there is hope.

“I thought the bigger fish would be smallmouth, but they have been gone the last two days,” he said. “This afternoon (Friday) I did find a little pack of them that I’m going to try again on Saturday.”

Weight is weight, and Gussy led the tournament after yesterday with 49 pounds, 1 ounce, and BASSTrakk now shows him in second place. Fortunately for him, nobody else is just smashing them.

He said the bite has been good, but it’s also been a grind to get fish into his livewell.

“My fish are relating more to structure than bait, and I’m keying on little hard spots that are in specific, tight little places,” he added.

By default, he is focusing on deeper, offshore areas.

“I don’t have experience here so I went with what I know best how to do.”