This was the 3rd of 3 tournaments on this trail for 2015. Up for grabs at tourneys end was AOY, CAOY, Top 10 Boater/Co-Angler qualifications, and a spot on the MA B.A.S.S. Nation State Team for next year to the top Boater, and Co-Angler.
My usual spot as co-angler, I was paired with Earl. I meet Earl 4 years ago when I started fishing this trail, but this was the 1st time we had been paired. Weather was tough from the get go. Blue bird skies, sun blazing, very little wind. 5 casts in I have a keeper in the boat on a swimbait, and then nothing until Earl gets his 1st at about 10pm, and another about an hour later. About 12:30 with the sun blazing away we decided it was time to fish docks, and pontoons. I got 3 more from about 1 to 2:15, and Earl got his limit. It was a hot tough grind of a day. I fished clean though, catching all 4 keepers that bit. Winning Co-angler had 8+lbs. My 4 Largemouth @ 4.77lbs put me in 8th place. That left me 2 points shy of Co-Angler Of Year & State Team spot...bummer. Winning boater had 12+lbs.
Well, if I said I wasn't disappointed I would be lying, but to look the positive side I've finished in 2nd place overall co-angler 3 years in a row. Also qualifying for the TOC all 4 years. I'm happy that my consistency is better, and thought process on the water is improving. I'm not satisfied though, as there is always room for growth.
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