|Posted by Rich Austin on June 3, 2013 at 10:10 PM|
Ohio River - (Birdsville)
1-2 June 0515 - 1530
Friday evening as I sat and watched the television and all of the devastation that was happening in Oklahoma the Weather Channel said that the storms headed for us were in Saint Louis and had spawned tornados. For the first time since I started fishing I was having second thoughts about fishing. I called my partner to see what his thoughts were and he was already in a hotel in Paducah Kentucky also watching the weather. I think I would not have fished on Saturday if my partner had not already been down there. So….. I put my big girl pants on, set the alarm for 2:00am and went to bed.
As dawn began to appear Saturday morning, I pulled into the meeting area at the boat ramp to heavy rain and lightning. I'm apprehensive about the prospects of the day: Thunderstorms with rain all day and moderate winds. The Tournament director delayed the launch of the boats about 45 minutes and I waited at least another 30 before I launched. I finally get my boat on the water and make the best out of an undesirable day.
Water Temp: 72 to 74 degrees
Clarity: Creeks Muddy/Main river medium stain
Lake Level: 29.47 rising to 29.91 Sat night then falling to 29.41 by noon Sun.
Weather: 5.58 inches of rain (Sat) Partly cloudy (Sun)
Air Temp: 63 (Sat) 63 (Sun) in morning, 75 (Sat) 77 (Sun) at weigh-in
Winds: SE 8 - 22 mph...gusts to 28 (Sat) WNW 6 – 13 mph…gusts to 16 (Sun)
Weather Pattern: High winds with showers for the 3 days prior to the tournament
Moon Phase: Last Quarter
First Place: Adam Keeneth – 16.24lbs (10 fish) – Adam caught his fish Saturday by focusing on wood lined banks in creeks at depths between 6 inches and 4 feet. On Sunday he scrapped the pattern and fished the main river due to the declining condition of the creeks after the heavy rains on Saturday. His productive baits were a Chartreuse Megabass Z-Crank X crankbait and a Charmers Tube (green pumpkin w/orange and purple flake) He also took Big Bass honors both days with two Largemouth weighing in at 2.50lbs and 3.94lbs respectively.
Second Place: Rich Austin – 13.16lbs (10 fish) - Rich focused on rip rap or rock banks with wood mixed in. His key bait was a Charmers Tube (green pumpkin w/orange and purple flake) worked slowly with the current with water depth from 2 to 7 feet.
Third Place: Charlie Hardin – 12.54lbs (10 fish) - Charlie caught his fish on rip rap or rock banks with wood mixed in. His key bait was a Charmers Tube (green pumpkin w/orange and purple flake) worked slowly with the current.
Fourth Place: George Strouse – 6.50lbs (5 fish) - George fished rock on the main river to catch his fish. The bait that was instrumental in his catch was the football Green pumpkin jig.
Fifth Place: Vick Jennings - 5.22lbs (3 fish) - Vick caught his keeper fish on a crankbait.
Big Bass: Adam Keeneth caught the biggest fish both days 2.50lbs. and 3.94lbs.
Full Results: Click Here
Next Tournament: Jun 23rd on Kentucky Lake (Moors) We will be fishing Moors on Saturday and out of Kentucky Dam Village on Sunday. Hope to see all of our club members at the tournament. We will be holding our next meeting at the Deerhead Tavern on Monday June 17th starting at 7pm. Please feel free to stop by and check us out and/or join the club. We are actively seeking new members, and would welcome anyone who wants to join.
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