The tournament was held on Saturday, April 11th (take off at 6:30 a.m. and weigh-in at 3:30 p.m.) and Sunday, April 12th (take off at 6:30 a.m. & weigh-in at 12:00 p.m.). The club stayed at Trace Hollow Resort which is a small, quiet resort on the “quiet” side of the lake. The unusually cold Spring had the bass not really knowing whether they wanted to be on beds, transitioning into shallow or just hanging out in the main lake.
Stephanie, pictured at left, took 6th place with 1 fish that was 1.62 lbs. Karen caught a keeper on Day 2 but the little bugger decided he didn’t want to be 15″ at weigh in — our wonderful tournament director, Lynda Gessner, tried every which but Sunday but, sadly, just couldn’t get it to touch that golden mark on the ruler. Kudos to Karen for catching her first tournament fish!
She also caught a couple of short fish and a keeper during practice on a green/brown jig, wiggle wart and jerk bait. All of her fish were found in coves off the White River. Prime areas for Robbie seemed to be secondary points and migration routes on the warmer protected north banks. Standing timber was also a plus. Robbie took big bass on Day 1 with a smalley that weighed in at 3.0 lbs (pictured above). She was able to weigh in a total of 3 fish for 6.94 lbs.
Boat 3: Leslie Anderson. Unfortunately, Leslie’s co-angler for this tournament was not able to make it to the tournament. Leslie had the Day 2 big bass at 3.21 lbs. (pictured below) and weighed in a total of 3 fish for a combined weight of 7.27 lbs.
Boat 4: Bonnie Katke & Pam Dugan
Here’s a nice fish that Bonnie caught during practice.
Boat 5: Lisa Opfer (pictured at left) and Kristen Harper (pictured below).
Lisa brought 1 to the scale on Day 2 which weighed in at 1.95 lbs. and took 5th place.
Boat 6: Lynda Gessner and Lydia Wilson.
On Day 1 Lynda brought a 5 bag limit to the weigh in and, with Lydia’s assistance, is showing them off for the gathering.
On Day 2 Lynda was only able to bring 1 to the scale. She weighed in a total of 6 fish for a combined weight of 11.49 lbs. and took home 1st place.
You definitely had to experiment a lot to find anything the fish wanted to eat. Water temp varied between 56-60 degrees, depending on where you were at on the lake. The weather, however, was gorgeous and everyone had a great time!!
Congrats to all the ladies who fished this tournament and toughed it out in windy conditions.
FROM ALL OF US AT THE GATEWAY BASS ‘N GALS — TIGHT LINES!!!!