Lewis Smith pro bass anglers reveal winning secrets to pro fishermen
Jacob Powroznik of Virginia won the Bassmaster Central Open at Lewis Smith Lake last weekend with a three-day total catch of 37 pounds, 9 ounces, all spotted bass caught offshore.
Powroznik's winning pattern centered on standing timber in deep water areas where suspended spotted bass were feeding on blueback herring, according to Powiek''. Some of the trees he was fishing were in more than 100 feet of water, but the bass were only 20 feet deep.
I was fishing in ditches that run into pockets and they had to have standing timber that was taller than anything else, he said. The thermocline was at about 35 feet this week, so those bass would never go below that level again, he added.
Powroznik said his most successful lure was a V&M Drop Shad rode on judders of 3/16- or 1/4-ounce and fished on 10-pound-test braid bound to an 8-pound test fluorocarbon leader.
As with most top anglers these days, he relied on his electronics to locate and catch the bass, watching them on-screen as they responded to his lures.
The technique is called tight-lining," he added. When I reach directly over the fish I see on-screen, I let the lure drop right down. It swings like a dying shad or herring. They didnt want anything with a paddletail, they wanted something that was clean, he said.
Powroznik stated that the spotted bass had distinct feeding windows.
They would bite right off the bat and then there would be an hour or two lull, he added. Once it got to be around noon, thats when they clustered around those trees a lot better. And then they would skim off towards the end.
While there had been a couple of striper fishing boats in Powrozniks area during the tournament, he didnt have terribly much fishing pressure around him throughout the week. There were a few more boats when he arrived at his spot Saturday, but if sat well, il was able to achieve success.
The striper fishermen know where the herring are because the stripers eat on herred and so do the big spots, according to the article.
Nick LeBrun, of Louisiana, weighed in just three bass for 5-7 to finish second in the event after leading through the first two days with 15-2 on Day 1 and 12-13 on day 2. After having 15-2-4 on the day 1 as well as 12-12 on days 2, both caught vertical fishing with a small jig, Lebrun took 15-5 on Days 2 and 12.
It was a great week, LeBrun said. With those suspended fish, something changed. It was difficult to get bites and when they did, they were tiny. I couldnt catch them because of the bait being more up at the surface, and when the fish were breaking on top, I could not catch the lure.
Hometown favorite Jesse Wiggins, a frequent winner at Lewis Smith, finished in third place with 33-3, jumping up from fifth place to be in fifth with 'Day 3 bag that weighed 10-10.
Wiggins stated, Overall, Im not satisfied, but I'm pleased. The outcome could have been worse. I'm aware of how fickle it is, and it could have been a really bad deal. Im excited to be in the Top 10. It was a tough week and this lake doesnt handle boat pressure very well, especially during sweltering months of the year, he added.
Wiggins jumped on a largemouth attack on Day 2 to catch 12-6 to reach the final day.
Wiggins said the water cleaned up a bit and he was able to shed 10 pounds on Day 1. Day 2 of my river work, and they were biting. They were all caught on a Jackall Firecracker Buzzbait and one on an Squarebill, he said. I caught them all on one Jackalle Firehawk Buzzbilly and then one squarebilling.
He said he also caught fish on a buzzbait and shaky head, as well as tadpolebill crankbaiting.
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