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7/26/13-7/28/13 - Avid Anglers @ Lake Champlain (St. Albans) Details
Name:7/26/13-7/28/13 - Avid Anglers @ Lake Champlain (St. Albans)
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Details:Finally...I can add Champlain to my resume! For 3 days(Friday pre-fishing, and Club Tourneys Saturday and Sunday) I mainly had two goals. 1st was to beat my personal best Smallmouth weight of 2lb 9oz which I've had for like 3 years, and 2nd was to do well in the tournaments.

Friday: This was a pre-fishing day for my Buddy Dave and I. Loaded up his boat, and hit the road at 3am-ish to make the trek to St. Albans, VT. Arrived safely, and were on the water by 8am. Winds out of the North chopped up the water a little, but was manageable. 1st fish of the day would give me a new personal best, as a 3lb Smallie takes my drop shot. Drop shot got all my Smallmouth this day, some Perch and Rock Bass on a square bill, and my only Largemouth of the weekend on a senko. My practice day best 5 consisted 4 Smallmouth (3lbs, 2-1/2lb, 1-1/4lbs, and 1lb) and one 2-1/2lbs Largemouth for about 10-1/4lbs.

Saturday: This Club Tourney counted as the last for the 2013 season, which would decide AOY. What a beautiful day on the big lake! Slight winds from the south. More waves from boat traffic than anything. My usual spot as Co-Angler. Today I fish with Paul who is always near the top of the standings. We basically fished 5 spots all day. 1st 4 were his, last spot was mine. 2 hours on the 1st spot yielded him a keeper he would later cull, and me a 2-1/4lb Smallie on a C-rig. 2nd spot was where most of the action came Paul limited out on this spot, culling once or twice. I picked up 2 more Smallies (1-1/2lber on a dropshot, and my biggest of the day a 2-3/4lb Smallie on a spider grub). 3rd spot gave Paul a nice Largemouth that was a heavy 2. 4th spot got me my last keeper Smallie of the day at about 1lb. Last spot with 20 mins left, Paul upgraded again with a another decent 2+lb Largemouth. He finished in 4th place with 13.63lbs, just enough to win AOY. I finished in 7th with 7.46lbs. 1st place was 14.51lbs, with a 4.17lb Lunker Smallmouth. On a side note, I had a pretty good year as Co-Angler, finishing 3rd overall in the 2013 standing against some great competition.

Sunday: This Club tourney counted as the 1st of the 2014 season. Fished with Fred today. Winds howled out of the South East creating 2-3ft swells. Tough on the body, ouch! It makes it tough to fish spots, or even stay close to spots. We took a good pounded running back to weigh-in. We grinded it out making the best of it though. Fred had 1 of 2 limits today finishing 2nd place was 12.38lbs. I had only 2 Smallies today for 5.76lb giving me 5th place, however one of them was the tourney lunker @ 4.01lbs, another new personal best in 3 days. Also caught a 4lb Pike on a dropshot with 6lb test during the tourney.
Location:Lake Champlain - St. Albans, VT
Trip Date:7/26/2013 - 7/28/2013
# of Hotspots:10
Hotspot Details: 1. 7/26/13 - Practice Limit Smallmouth Details: Hide
# of Fish Caught:4
Water Type:freshwater
Type of Fish:Smallmouth Bass
Fish Length (Avg):0 inches
Fish Length (Max):0 inches
Fish Weight (Avg):0 lbs. 0 oz.
Fish Weight (Max):3 lbs. 0 oz.
Bait Type:Soft Baits
Bait Details:Dropshot
1st was 3lbs
2nd was 2-1/2lbs
3rd was 1lb
4th was 1-1/4lbs
Location Details:3lb Champlain Smallie
2. 7/26/13 - Practice Limit Largemouth Details: Hide
# of Fish Caught:1
Water Type:freshwater
Type of Fish:Largemouth Bass
Fish Length (Avg):0 inches
Fish Length (Max):0 inches
Fish Weight (Avg):0 lbs. 0 oz.
Fish Weight (Max):2 lbs. 8 oz.
Bait Type:Worm
Bait Details:Senko
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3. 7/26/13 - Practice Day Bonus Fish Details: Hide
# of Fish Caught:3
Water Type:freshwater
Type of Fish:Yellow Perch
Fish Length (Avg):0 inches
Fish Length (Max):8 inches
Fish Weight (Avg):0 lbs. 0 oz.
Fish Weight (Max):0 lbs. 0 oz.
Bait Type:Crankbait
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4. 7/26/13 - Practice Day Bonus Fish Details: Hide
# of Fish Caught:3
Water Type:freshwater
Type of Fish:Rock Bass
Fish Length (Avg):0 inches
Fish Length (Max):8 inches
Fish Weight (Avg):0 lbs. 0 oz.
Fish Weight (Max):0 lbs. 0 oz.
Bait Type:Crankbait
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5. 7/26/13 - Practice Day Bonus Fish Details: Hide
# of Fish Caught:6
Water Type:freshwater
Type of Fish:Smallmouth Bass
Fish Length (Avg):0 inches
Fish Length (Max):12 inches
Fish Weight (Avg):0 lbs. 0 oz.
Fish Weight (Max):0 lbs. 0 oz.
Bait Type:Soft Baits
Bait Details:6 Smallmouth in the 8"-12" range
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6. 7/27/13 - 1st Tourney Keepers Details: Hide
# of Fish Caught:4
Water Type:freshwater
Type of Fish:Smallmouth Bass
Fish Length (Avg):0 inches
Fish Length (Max):0 inches
Fish Weight (Avg):0 lbs. 0 oz.
Fish Weight (Max):2 lbs. 12 oz.
Bait Type:Soft Baits
Bait Details:Drop Shot, and Spider Grub
1st was 2-1/4lbs
2nd was 2-3/4lbs
3rd was 1-1/2lbs
4th was 1lb
Location Details:2-1/4lb. and 2-3/4lb Champlain Smallmouth
7. 7/27/13 - Smallie Shorts Details: Hide
# of Fish Caught:6
Water Type:freshwater
Type of Fish:Smallmouth Bass
Fish Length (Avg):0 inches
Fish Length (Max):0 inches
Fish Weight (Avg):0 lbs. 0 oz.
Fish Weight (Max):0 lbs. 0 oz.
Bait Type:Soft Baits
Bait Details: Half a dozen shorts in the 8" to 11-3/4" range
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8. 7/28/13 - 2nd Tourney Keepers Details: Hide
# of Fish Caught:2
Water Type:freshwater
Type of Fish:Smallmouth Bass
Fish Length (Avg):0 inches
Fish Length (Max):0 inches
Fish Weight (Avg):0 lbs. 0 oz.
Fish Weight (Max):4 lbs. 0 oz.
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Bait Details:4lber on the drop shot
1-3/4lber on C-rig
Location Details:1-3/4lb, and 4.01lb Champlain Smallmouth
9. 7/28/13 - Smallie Shorts Details: Hide
# of Fish Caught:3
Water Type:freshwater
Type of Fish:Smallmouth Bass
Fish Length (Avg):0 inches
Fish Length (Max):11 inches
Fish Weight (Avg):0 lbs. 0 oz.
Fish Weight (Max):0 lbs. 0 oz.
Bait Type:Saltwater Baits
Bait Details:10"-11" range
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10. 7/28/13 - Bonus Fish Details: Hide
# of Fish Caught:1
Water Type:freshwater
Type of Fish:Northern Pike
Fish Length (Avg):0 inches
Fish Length (Max):25 inches
Fish Weight (Avg):0 lbs. 0 oz.
Fish Weight (Max):4 lbs. 0 oz.
Bait Type:Soft Baits
Bait Details:Drop Shot
Location Details:My Largest Pictured Pike So Far
# of Photos:4
# of Fish Caught:33
Trip Views:This trip has been viewed 5009 times.
User Discussion:
creasekeeper
Super season! Thanks for sharing all the great reports over the season.
08/02/13 11:10 AM

johnyak
Congratulations on a great year!!!
08/01/13 10:22 AM

tate
Congrats on your 3rd place finish for 2013, nicely done! Great area to fish, will be there for a week in early Sept. Nice report.
07/31/13 09:30 PM

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