"In the Boat" presented by Jewel Bait Company
Tournament: Hawg Hunter Bass Club Open
                March 30th, 2013
                Lake Dardanelle

Anglers: Frank Leone
             10th place - 5 bass - 16.84 pounds

Practice:
I took Friday off and hit the lake after some storms rolled through at 8:30. I got out and hit the
first area and caught three nice ones in 20 minutes. Some wicked lightning started up, so I headed to a
bridge to take shelter. After the storm rolled through, I headed out to a couple more locations I hadn't hit
this year. One of them was dead and the other was loaded up with small fish. I caught about 10
keepers, but no good ones. I hoped for better results during the derby.............

Tournament: When my boat number was called I headed the Bass Cat/Mercury to one of my favorite
banks on the lake. I caught 4 small keepers on the first pass. A start, but just like last week I knew I
would have to cull them all out to be competitive. I bounced to a couple of banks where I caught them in
practice and didn't have a bite. I decided it was time to head downriver. The first stop I was able to fill
out my limit and cull once, but only one was a good one. Second Stop and I get only one bite. It culled a
little one out, but I was struggling. Oh, did I mention it was raining all morning and my rain suit bottom
had sprung a leak? It was about 11:00 AM and I wasn't having much fun to say the least!!! Anyway, I
headed further downriver and hit a hot stretch. I caught six keepers in an hour and culled out all but 1
fish. I was now starting to get pumped, but I knew just like last week that I needed two big ones to get
into contention. Unlike last week, I headed to the two banks that have been the most reliable "big fish"
spots for me at this time of year. The first bank produced just two small keepers, but no culls. I get to the
second stretch and I had a solid thump. I set the hook and felt like it was a hog! Unfortunately, it was just
a 3.5 pounder, and although it did allow me to cull, It wasn't exactly what I was looking for......

Keeper count: Vibrating Jig with Big Bite Cane Thumpers: 8 keepers
                                 Big Bite Baits Cane Stick (Tilapia): 4 keepers
                                Jewel TJ  finesse Jigs (7/16 oz.;  Brown and Missouri Craw): 3 keepers
                                Jackall Doozer Lipless Crankbait: 1 keeper
            
Equipment:

Jig: Lew's Tournament MG (6.4:1); Dobyns Champion Extreme DX 744 C; 16 lb. Sunline Sniper Fluorocarbon Line
Vibrating Jig: Lew's Tournament Pro (6.4:1); Dobyns Savvy 704 C; 20 lb. Sunline Sniper Fluorocarbon Line
Doozer: Lew's Tournament Reel (5.4:1); Dobyns Champion 765 CB; 20 lb. Suniline Sniper Fluorocarbon Line   
Cane Stick : Team Lew's Pro Speed Spool (6.4:1); Dobyns Champion 704 C; 16 lb. Sunline Sniper Fluorocarbon Line         

Final Thoughts:
Another fun day (after the rain quit!!!), but it would have been nice to catch one over
four. With lots of big ones hitting the scales, I really feel I've gotten a tad unlucky the last few weeks.
Can't wait for the next one..........

See ya' on the flip side....

Frank Leone