105 teams battle on a crowded Alamo Lake
This past Saturday was the second event of the Weekend Warrior Series at Alamo Lake. 105 teams battled it out in poor weather conditions for most of the day. Aside from the bad weather, there were 3 other club derby’s that made a small Alamo Lake, even smaller. With as many boats as there were, catching fish didn’t seem to be an issue. All but 6 teams came to the scales with a limit so if you had a good kicker you were gonna be in the hunt. Practice on Friday seems to have yielded much bigger fish and when the weather rolled in it seemed to change things quite bit. Alamo is known for big weights but for this event you had grind for a decent one and go through a lot of small fish to get there. Daniel Mosley and Matt Sullivan got the job done and squeaked out the win by 2/10 of a pound. The top 3 teams gave feedback on their day and what they did to catch em.
1st place – Sullivan and Mosley
Daniel Mosley – “Matt and I got up there Thursday and practiced during the afternoon and everything was good. Friday morning we graphed around to see what the fish were doing in the mornings to try and get a better idea. We knew there was a big storm cell coming in that was going to ruin our plans so we got off the water a little earlier than we had planned. I had 13 rods on the deck in the morning and threw every single one of them, catching fish all day long on each one of them. By the times the storm rolled in , we were throwing finesse rigs and swimbaits to get our bigger fish. It was a grind but we knew it would be once the weather got bad.”
Matt Sullivan – During pre fish we found 5 spots that we wanted to work with. We found good numbers and a little bit better quality inside the main lake points. Any pattern that we had, I was certain they wouldn’t hold up with the weather coming in Friday night and tournament morning. When we got off Friday we tied a variety of reaction baits on in anticipation of the weather and changing conditions for the following day. With 105 boats on Alamo it was going to fish small. I planned on spending 1.5 hours in each of the 5 spots. I held some optimism that a couple of my spots would only get better if we had some wind on derby day. On tournament morning we got to our first spot and had a fish the first cast. We continued working the ares as planned and by 7:00 AM we had a limit, by 7:30 AM we were culling. By 11am we had a little over 10 pounds. I made a decision to skip over a spot and head to our final spot, if there was a big bite spot this was it. With in 30 minutes I stuck a 4lb fish that gave us the win in both Weekend Warriors and TBF. Every fish we weighed in was caught on reaction baits.” Matt and Daniel weighed in 12.01lbs and took home $3450.00
2nd place – Team Pattyson
“We practiced on Friday and found a decent topwater bite and that was really all we had going leading into Saturday. Our game plan was to go and throw topwater in a few spots for the first half of the day and then go up the river and flip, hoping for a few big bites. We did exactly that and once we had a limit we went and flipped for the last 3 hours of the day. Once we started flipping up river we caught a 3.99lb kicker around our 15th cast. We had a few more bites but nothing good enough to cull. I knew we had enough for a check but didn’t think we would end up in second place, overall it was a good day! Ken and Wyatt weighed in 11.80lbs and took home $1900. They also donated $100 the highest placing kid for the tournament!
3rd place – Team Smook
Surprise, Surprise the Smook’s are at the top once again. Mason had some feedback on their day. ” Friday was an awesome day and we caught em exactly how we had planned but the weather threw a wrench in the game plan. With the rainy cold weather and all of the grass Alamo Lake lacks it helped me make an adjustment to throw chatterbaits. Our starting spot had 8-10 boats with in a 100 yard stretch most right on the bank or fishing deep. They overlooked the spiny aiad growing everywhere and we sat in the middle of the cuts in about 5-10 ft of water. We were left alone most of the day which made for a good day. We probably caught 50 plus fish during the day. All of the better ones bit right before and during the storm.” Rob and Mason weighed 11.58 and took home $1750.00
FishIn48 is two weeks away from hosting the 4th Annual Lifted Trucks Charity Fishing Tournament on October 29th and 30th. We will have a ton of cash and prizes to give out with our raffle. The grand prize is a trip to fish Baccarac Lake with Pro Bass Adventures. This event is always a great time and for an even better cause. If you would like to register you can here.