Rob and I fished the July RVTA Trout tournament out on Robs boat on Saturday July 6, 2013. We were lucky to have some nice weather overall throughout most of the tournament, was sunny the entire day despite some pretty heavy thunderstorms the night before, though about half way through it got hot and hit 92 degrees (Which felt like 102 without the wind!). But anyways, we got off to a late start getting onto the water around 6:45 a.m., which was a little over an hour after the tournament started at 5:30 a.m. Instead of trolling around for Rainbows and Browns like we did during the May tournament, we decided to go straight to trolling with lead core for Lakers this time around. We began trolling just past the North Tower at the North Hump in about 90 feet of water. Rob was using at gold Sutton Spoon, while I was using a bronze/gold Warrior Spoon and we were trolling with all colors of lead core out going at around 1 MPH, making sure we were bouncing along the bottom. I was the first to hook up while we were going over 95 feet of water, though as we’ve figured out, it’s harder to tell if you have a fish on or not while fishing with lead core, mostly cause you have so much line out when you’re fishing the bottom for Lakers. Luckily Rob saw my rod tip bouncing slightly and let me know I had a fish on so I could set the hook. While reeling in, I wasn’t entirely sure I had a fish still on or not, pretty much just felt like I had the weight of the lead core on the end of my line and didn’t feel any movement or pulling on the end of my line. Though after a little while, I felt one pull on my line so I knew it was still on, and it didn’t really start fighting at all until it was about 20 feet under the boat. Rob grabbed the net I guided the fish in head first, and we were on the board for the tournament!
Not too long after I landed that fish, Rob hooked up with another Laker that took his Sutton Spoon in 110 feet of water. Yet again, we were unsure if the fish was still on or not due to the lack of sensitivity with the amount of line we had out (Still have to get used to that part of fishing with lead core!). He ended up landing another nice Laker, about the same size as mine, but with a little bit more girth to him. I got snagged up on something on the bottom and had to tie on a new leader and all, so I decided to tie on a Big Weenie Meathead to see how that worked since we got Herring and hadn’t used any yet. Meanwhile, Rob hooked into another Laker, this time a nice fat one! As usual, we guided it into the net head first, and into the cooler it went. Shortly after that I got my line back into the water, as did Rob, and we continued trolling around in the same general area. I was the next to hook up with yet another Laker, but we lost it boat side before we could net it. Looked to be a decent size, probably somewhere between our smaller two and Rob’s big one.
By about half way through the tournament, a pretty steady wind started blowing in from the Southwest, which helped keep the heat off of us a bit, but made trolling a little more difficult. So we had to adjust our trolling a bit so the wind didn’t effect us as much. After picking up a few more Lakers, 11:00 a.m. rolled around and the bite for us completely died. So after debating on what we wanted to do, we decided to keep trolling for a little while longer and see if we could get anymore fish in the boat. Though after about two hours of nothing, we decided to call it a day and head in so we could weigh in our fish for the tournament and stopped fishing a little after 1:00 p.m. At the weigh in, we were told that Rob’s big Laker, which weighed in at 4.06-lbs and 22.5-inches, put him in first place at the time. We ended up weighing in 6 Lakers, so we didn’t limit out or anything, but definitely not a bad tournament day if you ask me! All of our fish were caught with all colors of lead core out between 95-115 feet of water on either gold Warrior and gold Sutton Spoons, as well as Big Weenie Meatheads. Overall it was a great day out, the weather cooperated for the most part, caught some nice fish, went out for some sushi afterwards, and Rob’s big Laker held up and earned him first place! Next step is to figure out how to get some Browns and Rainbows with our lead core!