The Prize of Adjustments

The Prize of Adjustments

An open mind and making adjustments earns a final cut position.

The February 2014 Lake Amistad Texas Bassmaster Open presented anglers with extremely tough fishing conditions. As a result of the freezing windy weather and a very stingy bite many anglers, including some of the local talent and national Elite Series, found it very difficult to put fish in the boat.

Rapala Pro Troy Lindner Pre-fishing the Devils River

Rapala Pro Troy Lindner Pre-fishing the Devils River

I was able to match the number of keepers with the best Co-Anglers in this event. Fishing from 25' to 50' every fish I took to the scales was a drop shot fish and at the end of my drop was a Team Davies drop shot weight.

The first day weather conditions brought sub-freezing temperatures, ice cold wind and frozen eye guides.  Casting the drop shot away from the boat and retrieving horizontally/diagonally created the catch. Seeking submerged shrubs and rock the Ventana with its internal rattle was the key to my bites in these conditions and carried me to 15th place.

Day One Draw from Japan Deps Pro Kenta Kimura fishing Castle Canyon

Day One Draw from Japan Deps Pro Kenta Kimura fishing Castle Canyon

The second day had similar weather conditions. Some spots set up the same way as day one but my pro draw was primarily focused on 'Sight Fishing With Sonar'. Dropping vertically to fish on the sonar screen the Tear Shot Bulk Shot Tungsten weight allowed me to "thump thump"  the bottom at 50'. This approach  produced two critical bites and moved me into a tie for 11th, placing me in the top twelve cut and the privilege to fish the final day.

Elite Series Angler Gary Klein Re-capping Day Two with T.D. Chris Bowes  

Elite Series Angler Gary Klein Re-capping Day Two with T.D. Chris Bowes  

On the third day the wind stopped blowing, the clouds broke and the sun shined. During these post frontal conditions, I changed to a smaller lighter colored worm and adjusted to a lighter  Slim Shot  weight. This day featured my biggest fish and my heaviest limit of the tournament,  climbing to finish in 8th place.

Day 3, deep caught fish fizzed out on the water and ready for the scales

Day 3, deep caught fish fizzed out on the water and ready for the scales

Each days' success was a drop shot technique but within the technique I had to make adjustments to keep producing bites. By keeping an open mind and looking for clues, I was able to see the need to adjust.

With clouds and strong wind present, the fish favored Trigger X 5.5" Probe Worm Cheap Shot color (middle position) & Dirty Grape color (bottom position). When sunshine, blue skies and a calm breeze  appeared, the 4" Probe Worm Pro Blue color (top position) scored.  The 3/8 oz. Ventana rattling drop shot weight (left position), 1/4 oz. Tear Shot Slim Shot (center position), the 3/8 oz. Tear Shot Bulk Shot tungsten weight (right position). The length of the drop is shown from the individual Slim Shot weight below the reel and the single Pro Blue worm far left, The 8 lb. fluorocarbon line is not visible in the photo.

With clouds and strong wind present, the fish favored Trigger X 5.5" Probe Worm Cheap Shot color (middle position) & Dirty Grape color (bottom position). When sunshine, blue skies and a calm breeze  appeared, the 4" Probe Worm Pro Blue color (top position) scored.  The 3/8 oz. Ventana rattling drop shot weight (left position), 1/4 oz. Tear Shot Slim Shot (center position), the 3/8 oz. Tear Shot Bulk Shot tungsten weight (right position). The length of the drop is shown from the individual Slim Shot weight below the reel and the single Pro Blue worm far left, The 8 lb. fluorocarbon line is not visible in the photo.

Team Davies Fishing produces superior weights and its diverse product line will handle every condition you encounter. Check out the Team Davies Ventana Tear Shot Weights at Tackle Warehouse.

Stay tuned for an in depth pictorial tour of Lake Amistad and find out what my best adjustment was and why I made it!

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