I'm sitting in a hotel room in Florence, AL and I don't want to go back to Florida. Alabama is awesome and the fishing here fits my style perfectly. I ended up finishing 21st Place in the American Fishing Series event with a two day total of just under 18 pounds. Overall, the fishing was slow compared to how it usually is on this lake. I weighed in almost ten pounds yesterday and eight pounds even today.
Day 1, I drew a semi-local who lives in TN and fishes here quite a bit. I actually drew him last year in the BFL Regional on Lake Seminole (What are the chances of that?). He is a great guy and I hope to draw him again. We were fishing offshore structure, creek channels, ledges, etc. I caught a quick limit on a drop-shot and then slowly upgraded all day with a jig and carolina-rigged brush hog. I thought I had around eight and a half pounds and was pleased to see they almost weighed ten pounds. I ended the day in 19th.
Day 2, I drew a partner who was sitting in 10th place after catching 15 pounds on Day 1. I was really excited about my chances to do well. He said we would be fishing shallow grass all day with Skinny Dippers (sounds alot like Florida to me). I caught one on a Skinny Dipper in the morning and he had four at around 9 a.m. For some reason I didn't have a Speedworm tied on, and decided to switch to it. On my second cast I caught a two pound fish. I was upset I didn't think of it earlier when the bite was on in the morning. I then caught one on a crankbait, and a few hours later caught two on a carolina-rig. Then two more on the Speedworm. Today was much slower for us as we both had around eight pounds.
Overall, I am really happy with my finish. I wish I would have done better, but feel good that I caught two limits and got a check. My only disappointment about the trip was that I didn't catch any smallmouth while I was here. I saw some big ones weighed in, but never hooked one. I plan to come back to Pickwick as soon as I can and would love to live closer to this area, it's beautiful and the fishing is great.