Miltona league tournament
This was the 3rd tournament of the year for the Tuesday night leagues. So far this year Roy and I have not finished higher than 4th and on this night it was no different. The winning weight was eleven plus pounds (all smallmouth) for 4-fish. We had seven plus pounds, with all green fish.
I did get to pre-fish for this tournament, however you would never believe that by our weight. Pre-fishing was limited to the west side of Milton, because of high winds. The main lake water temperatures are still holding in that mid-to-high sixties range. Because Miltona can be a great dock lake I checked a series of docks that have produced quality fish and numbers of fish for us in the past. The number of fish on the docks was low and bites scattered. I was able to boat two 3-pound plus fish off docks. Interestingly, both those fish still had raw tails from the spawn.
The strongest concentration of fish I found pre-fishing was on the edge of a big pencil reed flat that fell off into deep water. There was a good weedline made up of cabbage and coontail in the 7 to 11-foot range. As the sharpness of this drop flattened out, the weedline thinned out. It was in this thinning weedline that I found a big school of fish. The problem was during pre-fishing and during the tournament we never caught anything bigger than 1.75-pounds. But, it was fun, as you couldn’t go for more than a couple of minutes without one of us having a fish on. The night of the tournament the dock bite went south, none of the other teams I spoke with had any success on the docks.
We caught most of the fish on a blue/black jig and trailer. I was tossing the Hack Attack ½-ounce jig with a Rage Craw trailer. But truth be told, this school of bass were so aggressive that I think you could have tossed any color jig or tube into them and gotten bites. Just not big bites this time. So we finished the night with “bass thumb” but no cash. On to Ida next week.