Wednesday, April 20, 2016
The sun popped out while we were heading to the meeting, so weather-wise the tournament looks great. I think itíll make things better. No doubt itís going to be a spawning deal and I think the more sun we get, the more fish will come up and maybe be more aggressive. I think some fish are in a holding pattern and are waiting for the conditions to change and they could go crazy. When we had some sun Sunday, they bit well.
Talking to everybody, it seems that nobody can figure out what itíll take to do well at Norfork. Everybody can catch numbers, but nobodyís caught a 3-pounder that Iíve talked to. When these Ozark lakes got this way it was hard to catch the big ones. Iím going to have an assortment of rods out tomorrow and Iím going to do the ultimate junk fishing day. Once I get a limit, Iím going to stick with baits that have the best potential to get the big bite.
I spent Monday and Tuesday at Bulls Shoals, which Iíve always liked and Iím pretty excited about it again. There will be a tremendous amount of fish caught off beds. I know some guys are totally committed to it. Iíll do it a little bit, but thereís a big difference between finding them on beds and getting them to bite. Some of them are awful spooky.
The quality is definitely better at Bull Shoals. Itíll take considerably more weight to do well there. I think the tournament will be won there, but itíll take two consistent bags at Norfork that will be the key. Iím just not sure if thatís 12, 13 or 14 pounds. Iíll be tickled with 12 pounds tomorrow.