Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 11

Thread: VA East FoM, 28 APR 2018

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Blacksburg, VA (for now)
    Posts
    3,083

    Default VA East FoM, 28 APR 2018

    I managed to right the ship a bit on this outing after struggling the first few events of the year. It was a typical Anna experience - cold, warm, calm, windy, clear water, stained water, and rec turds idling over your line and cutting it. Gee, I really missed this place.

    Practice: I don't sight fish. Never learned the ins-n-outs of it and don't feel comfortable doing it. Nothing against those who know how, mind you. It's just not something I do. That said, even tho' I knew it would be the winning pattern I made the decision to target post-spawn fish. My thinking was the bulk of the field would be sight fishing, leaving me ~free to work all of the traditional post-spawn stuff. On THUR I targeted the last set of secondary points in the back of creeks and larger main lake cuts. I also worked the transition areas to/from those points. If there was a dock on or near those points or transition areas I worked those over pretty good, too. I had one bite the entire weekend on a moving bait - a chunky ~4-5 lb'er nailed a DT10 early on THUR morning. After that, everything came on the jig, the c-rig, or the fluke. Most of the fish I found during practice were holding on breaks. I did find some holding on submerged wood or rock piles. FRI was kinda weird. Cold, cloudy, clammy and it put the fish in a funk. I didn't spend a lot of time working anything from THUR's practice so I focused on new water, new stuff. None of it worked. Late in the AM I switched back to the c-rig and jig and n ailed a nice keeper on a secondary point. I shut it down after that. I had my plan in place.

    TX: We had a late start due to fog and the fog forced me into a different starting place than what I had planned but it worked out nicely. I caught three off of the first point I pulled up on (all on c-rig). I caught two off of the adjacent point (also c-rig). I had a limit by 0800 for ~8 lbs. From there I spent the rest of the day hopping a series of points or brush piles and looking for upgrades. I caught lots of small keepers but did manage to cull 4 times, incl a nice 4.56 lb'er late in the day. More on this fish in a minute. I spent my last hour hopping from place to place, almost all of which had been worked over already. I finished the day w/ 5 fish for 13.76.

    Observations: 1) Water clarity is a tale of two lakes. Heavily stained up in the rivers (but fishable), gin clear downlake. Midlake has a nice tint to it - perfect in my opinion. I caught most of my fish downlake. The better fish came from midlake. 2) Water temps ranged from 55 at launch on THUR AM (HPM) to 66 on SAT afternoon (back of Sturgeon Creek). 3) Bait is thick up in the rivers, almost void downlake. A few small pods here and there. 4) Nothing fancy to my c-rig and jig colors or set-up. Greens w/ a lil bit of orange on the jig, green w/ a lil bit of chartreuse dye for the c-rig plastics. 5) Early in the AM the sweet spot was in the 2-6' range. As the sun came up they moved out on points or along transition lanes into 8-12'. 6) Fish were oriented along the outside posts on docks. Didn't have to skip very far back to get a strike. 7) All of the strikes I had were no-doubters. The fish slammed it. In several cases on TX day they had throated the bait before I could react. The bites happened that quickly, violently. 8) I never competed for fishing space. Most everyone was running the banks looking for bedding fish. My combination of points and offshore structure were virtually free of fishermen.

    I would grade this outing as a B because I still had a couple of execution issues. On one, I had a really nice upgrade break off at the boat as I tried to boat sling it. I tried to do the sexy pro style swing and ended up slamming the fish against the side of the boat. The net was right there but I had to be pigheaded. On a couple others I had fish on and failed to accommodate for the bow in my line caused by the wind. I'll get the chance to work on these when on the Chick in 2 weeks. Overall, I'm kinda stoked I was able to turn things around a bit. The Whittman Rule played heavily into my day - trust what you learn in your practice.

    There's always a story: So, it's late in the day and I'm looking for my next upgrade. I'm working a small point near HPM when this dood in a black and green Moomba wave boat idles across my line. I look at him w/ my arms extend (in that WTF position) and asked, "Are you really gonna do this?" "You shouldn't be fishing here," he replied. As he crossed my line his prop cut it. I reel it in, re-rig, then resume fishing. The next cast I hook up on my big fish of the day. He watched as he was waiting to recover. I held it up and showed it to him. "Respect matters, dood. The lake is here for all to enjoy," I said. He threw me the finger. I'll see him again....

    [Red] Andy and crew put on another great show. He's averaging 33 boats (up from 12 last year). Was great seeing the VAO doodses - the Jims, Brad and Dave, the Williamses. I know I've missed someone but you get the idea.

    peace,
    B

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Montclair Va
    Posts
    1,016

    Default

    Well done B. Congrats on a good finish. Nice recap.
    1st Place VA East FOMNTT Potomac River 2006, VA East FOMNTT Big Bag 2006, VAO Frog Only Tournament Winner 2011

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    warrenton, virginia
    Posts
    3,704

    Default

    Nice report and glad ya had great day. Good seeing you, Steve and Todd on Thursday.
    2013 Frog Only Tournament Winner
    2010 Tie for VA-Outdoors Angler of the Year
    2009 Caroline County Rotary Club Tournament Winner
    2007 Tuesday Night Classic Champions
    "Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after."

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    202 Norfolk Dr Ruther Glen VA 22546
    Posts
    2,974

    Default

    Brian was also I guest speaker at the meeting. Awesome message my friend. It really was. Well done!
    2010 VAO Polar Bear Overall Winner
    2010 VAO Polar Bear Big Striper



  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Ashburn, VA
    Posts
    3,404

    Default

    Nice report Brian. Great to see you and the gang and enjoyed lunch and dinner.....
    cheers,
    Steve

    2011/2013 St Jude's Charity Tournament Champion
    Bass East Big Bass Challenge winner of 11-12 and 12-1 hours.


  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    C'ville
    Posts
    1,336

    Default

    Nice job 31
    I'm about to play my Ace

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Posts
    3,193

    Default

    Sounds like a good day 31.

    If only the boob in the Moomba knew who's line he was running over...

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Montclair Va
    Posts
    1,016

    Default

    B's strong character shines through again as the man cut his line while he was fishing. B just retied and continued to catch big fish. Funny how the good Lord works.
    1st Place VA East FOMNTT Potomac River 2006, VA East FOMNTT Big Bag 2006, VAO Frog Only Tournament Winner 2011

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Message me
    Posts
    2,677

    Default

    Nice work Brian and good finish thanks for the read. Moomba dude is your Anna stereo typical azz hat. It's unfortunate these creatures come out at the same time the fishing really starts picking up. Reason why I generally void the lake come mid April for I am highly sensitive to their type.
    2017 Ironman winner

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Mechanicsville, VA
    Posts
    2,237

    Default

    Great report 31 and congrats on the good day! Idiots will be idiots but it's fun watching karma in action at the Chic.
    Eric

    2004 Fishers of Men VA-East Division Champions


Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. VA West FoM, Philpott, 21 APR 2018
    By 31Airborne in forum Fishing Other Virginia Lakes and Rivers
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 04-24-2018, 02:39 PM
  2. Kerr, FoM VA West, 29-31 MAR 2018
    By 31Airborne in forum Lake Gaston, Kerr, Buggs Island
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 04-05-2018, 08:17 AM
  3. Kerr, VA East FoM, 17 MAR 2018
    By 31Airborne in forum Lake Gaston, Kerr, Buggs Island
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 03-19-2018, 01:21 PM
  4. FOM VA East 3/25
    By Stratos976 in forum Lake Anna Fishing Report
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 03-27-2017, 04:49 PM
  5. FOM East 4/16
    By Stratos976 in forum Lake Anna Fishing Report
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 04-19-2016, 09:15 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •