Jocumsen decides to shift gears and fish a nearby main-lake point. The structure is shallow on top, studded with stumps and drops off into 16 feet on either side. He pulls out several crankbait boxes and selects a crawfish colored Molix Sculpo deep-diver. “I caught lots of fish on this bait at the 2016 Bull Shoals [Arkansas] Elite tournament, so I’ve got confidence in it.” He casts the plug to the end of the point and dredges up a wad of grass.
Jocumsen switches to a shad pattern Strike King 6XD crankbait and grinds it off the side of the point.
He replaces the 6XD with a perch-colored Molix F Crank DR. “I’m seeing some suspended fish on my electronics, but so far I haven’t found the right trigger for them.”
A bass bumps the F Crank but doesn’t hook up. Jocumsen immediately casts the swimbait with the belly spinner to the same spot. No takers.
Jocumsen opts to try a finesse worm off the point. He rigs a Roboworm in the margarita mutilator color on a No. 1 drop-shot hook, attaches a 12-inch drop line with a 3/8-ounce sinker below the lure, then drags it across rocks on the bottom. He immediately detects a bite, tightens down on the fish and swings a nonkeeper aboard. “I’m seeing several fish on my electronics, and they don’t all look this small.”
A good fish picks up the Roboworm. Jocumsen sticks it momentarily, but it comes unbuttoned. “That one felt solid.” What’s his take on the day so far? “The early pad bite looked promising, but it died off quickly and I’ve been struggling ever since. There are some big fish in this lake, and I’m hoping I can get something going. I’ll fish out this point, hit a couple other deep structures, make a quick pass through some more pads, then hit the dam once more in my remaining time.”
Jocumsen catches a microbass on the Roboworm.
Another tiny bass eats the Roboworm. “I’m still seeing some big fish down there on my electronics.”
Jocumsen casts the spinnerbait to the same spot and slow rolls it through the water column. As it nears the boat, he marks a big fish moving up from deep water toward the bait on his graph, but it doesn’t strike.
Having followed the point toward shore, Jocumsen switches crankbaits to a shad colored Lucky Craft 2.5 squarebill and retrieves it parallel to the edge of the structure.
Back to the Roboworm on the point. A bass strips the worm off the rig.
2 HOURS LEFT
11:45 a.m. The squarebill dredges up a wad of snot grass.
11:51 a.m. Jocumsen makes a short hop back to the pads where he caught his two keepers and drags the rat across the cover.
11:59 a.m. He moves to a point at the tributary entrance and tries the swim jig around submerged hydrilla.