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Finally got to fish my first tournament of the year yesterday. There was ice on the lake a week or so ago and their was some doubt whether the tourney would happen. A nice warming trend occurred and warmed things up nicely. I practiced 4 days and developed a pattern on suspending crankbaits and jerkbaits that held up all week. Weighed 15.46 lbs. for 4th place and $560 . A Luckycraft 78 pointer was responsible for the better fish and is worth it's weight in gold in 40 to 50 deg. water. A suspending shad rap caught the most fish but they tended to run smaller than the jerkbait fish. I spent 1/2 a day Friday scouting for other areas from what I decided would be my main area,and to reinforce my pattern,and wouldn't you know I hooked up with a fish well over 7lbs. that just would not let go of my shad rap.Should've bent the hooks over. Went back to that area yesterday but to no surprise couldn't hook up with the big guy but I just had to give it a try. That fish would've been tourney lunker and blown away 1st place, and put $3,200 in my pocket. All in all it was a good day.
 

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The tournament was at Lake Arthur in Western Penna. It's a small (3,200 acres) highly pressured lake ,especially when you put 120 tourn. boats on it.
 

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congrats on your first one. I hope you keep doing better as the year goes on.
 

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Excellent job Joe!! :clap: :clap: :cheers:
 
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Good job Joe. Keep up the great work and I hope you bring many more checks home. :fishing01: :fishing02:
 

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Thanks for all the kudos guys, but my name is George . Still appreciate all the kind words. I know they were sincere. thanks again
 

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I feel for you guys up there that have to wait for ice out or season to open. I really enjoy being able to take the boat out year round here in SC. I left NY 27 years ago and haven't missed the weather. Good job on the tournament! When you get tired of the ice come on down.
 

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I complain about the ice and snow every year. I was born in the south and intend to return someday. Hope to settle down in Alabama. Somewhere I can fish year round but also have a change of seasons without the miserable winter. I've been to Lake Murray and to some Tennessee River lakes and the wife & I find southern folks the kindest and most friendly people in the world. Can't wait for the day we can move.
 
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Finishing 4th out of 120 is pretty awesome in my book. Excellent fishing George.
 

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That is awesome! Congrats!
It took me three days to weigh in 13lbs :lmao: and make $625.00 :lmao:
 
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