What Happened?Lake Guntersville with Ron Klys

Lake Guntersville preview: A Pro's Approach with Ron Klys

 Plagued by mechanical problems and a serious mistake in practice, Ron Klys had a tough week. Despite improving during the tournament — or maybe because of it — his disappointment was obvious.There's no doubt about it," he says while reflecting on the event. "I missed the forage situation. I was right when I said you could follow the shad and finally catch a limit, but I didn't realize the importance of bream. They were the key to big, heavyweight keepers.

Little ones were following the shad, giants were following the bream. The guys who figured that out early were the ones who finished high. Those of us who realized that late finished low."And I really didn't appreciate how big the fish were going to be in this tournament. I should have researched that and understood it better. I can't make excuses. I missed some things on this one. They were important and they cost me."Cost him they did. Klys estimated it would take 26 or 27 pounds to make the cut. In fact, the final slot on Saturday was claimed by Britt Myers with 33 pounds. Even worse, Klys predicted 54 pounds would win. That number was 66 pounds, 12 ounces. Seven anglers broke the 54-pound mark.

 He did better, however with his big bass estimate. Before the tournament started he said it would take at least a 7-pounder to earn big bass honors, with an 8-pounder a realistic possibility.The biggest largemouth last week weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces. (That was the boater big bass. A co-angler, Timothy Curran from Huntsville, Ala., weighed in a 9-pound, 1-ounce giant.)

 His technique prediction was pretty good, too. He said topwater would be king — although not around schooling bass as he predicted — and that he'd caught a few flipping the grass. That's exactly how the top finishers caught their bass. They alternated frogs with plastics in the grass.And finally, the front did come through, as the weatherman said it would. It affected the fishing but not in the way Klys thought. It drove the bass back under the grass. It did not, however, make them harder to catch. It did just the opposite. It concentrated the big bass and allowed some anglers to catch heavier weights, not lighter weights.

 Klys understands his analysis was solid in part and weak in part. "I missed a lot of stuff, no doubt abut it. I knew I'd have to answer for my shad forage theory and my weight predictions. It's a lesson learned. I'm not making any excuses."Even with that, however, I made the cut and fished the final day. I probably would have done better except that my trolling motor rope broke on Saturday and then, a few minutes later, my big motor started giving me trouble. I ended up fishing the same small patch of grass all day."I blanked and finished in 29th place. That's what I deserved. This is professional fishing. You're supposed to catch fish. When you don't, you lose."Klys earned a gentleman's C.


Lake Guntersville preview: A Pro's Approach with Ron Klys