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