June 9, 2014

Northwest Bass Potholes Recap

This past month has been a whirlwind. I have been to Texas and Minnesota and also fished four different tournaments on four different bodies of water and can finally slow down a little. The most recent one was Saturday at Potholes Reservoir outside of Moses Lake, WA. I fished this trail with Dan from FHCOutdoors and we had out best finish yet, 23rd out of 80 boats. 

We weighed a limit of largemouth for 15.61 and were just over a pound out of the money. We were both happy with the event considering how little time we put in for this. With me being busy, Dan was able to get out one day last week before the off limits and I was relying on my limited experience there from seven plus years ago. One thing that really helped both of us for the event was the time we put in studying the maps with our Navionics phone apps (I have an Android and Dan has an iPhone). Also with the card in my Lowrance, we were able to replicate certain areas that were productive. As you can see in this screen shot, this place is like nowhere else. The key was finding areas in "the dunes" (as the massive sand dune area is called), that had narrow areas between the different islands but also had deeper water close by. Once we figured it out we were able to run and look for more areas like that. I worked out good for what we were doing and helped us catch some more fish and upgrade our limit.

We were able to catch our fish on a variety of baits in the grass, a Snag Proof Phat Frog in black, a green pumpkin Senko, a Eco Pro Tungsten Heavyweight Flipping jig and a creature bait. It is a fun place to fish and you can fish just about any way you want to. I can't wait to get back out there and hopefully come in with one of those 20+lb bags that you need to win there.

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