Toyota Texas Bass Classic
9 fish, 24-08
into the last event of this year in U.S., Toyota Texas Bass Classic is a unique
format championship that the competitors are invited from their qualifications
with Top 15 of each circuit’s AOY on the FLW Tour, the BASS Elite Series and the
PAA Series in addition to 5 exemptions includes the defending champion. I
qualified for the non-entry fee event as the PAA Series AOY current leader.
To me, this was the fourth
tournament at Lake Conroe and I kind of knew what type of lake it was and what
I would have to figure out. However, I haven’t done well on this lake before
and I just was hoping I could make this championship and would fish harder as
much as I could to win.
water level was different each time I visited and this year some boat docks
were unplayable due to the low. On the official practice days, I basically did
run around the lake to see the overall condition first and after that, I checked
how my waypoints in the past worked as well as tried to find new spots as many
as I could. I know the most of Texas lakes hold tons of big fish and Lake
Conroe is the one of them but to be honest, fishing the lake this time of year
is a challenge and I had such a bad practice as I’ve never had. I caught some
fish in shallow and some in deep but no kickers on the both sides so I couldn’t
decide which was better for me until right before the tournament start.
On the Day
1, I had an early flight and started with fishing shallow before the boat traffic
gets worse. I caught some fish there but nothing big same as practice days. A
couple hours after the sun came up and my spots started getting some pressure
on, I moved to my deep spots and spent the rest of time there. I fortunately managed
15-4 at the end of the day and that was worth tied for 9th.
On the Day
2, I decided to spend the all of my day with staying at deep areas since what I
caught them at my deep spots on the first day was much better than what I felt
from my rough practice. However, the day two turned out tough for me and in
fact I could not manage a limit and only caught 4 fish with 9-4 despite of that
I not only had a longer fishing time than the Day 1 but also had a good chance
to make the final cut.
Although I missed the Top-10 cut, I ended up in the 20th
that was much better result than what I had thought as well as compare with my
finishes in the past. I can say that fishing with Megabass rods has been
contributing to my performance on the water and I wouldn’t have better results
without them. At this time, I mainly used Megabass Tomahawk cranking rod (F4-70GTA)
for deep crankbaits as well as Megabass Orochi X4 casting rod (F6-71X4) fishing
with Carolina rig. The Mat Bucker (F6-71X4) originally has made for light
frogging game but the rod is very versatile and to me, that is the one of the
most favorite rods.
for me is the Basser Allstar Classic on Tone River/Kasumigaura in Japan (Oct.25-26),
and that would be my last tournament this year. The event is the invitational
tournament presented by Basser magazine and a lot of bass fishing fans come to
show their support and have fun with the competitors and the sponsors. I have won
it before and will watch for a chance of the second win. I also have been
looking forward to meeting fans in person over there just because I don’t have
many opportunities to do that since I came over here in U.S. I appreciate you
all for the all kind of support and the wishes.