John's Journal... Entry 243, Day 4
MARK DAVIS - BASS FISHING'S TOUGHEST QUESTIONS ANSWERED
Having To Share Water
Editor's Note: The most-difficult question for a bass fisherman to answer is, "How do you know when to change lures, when to change water and when to change fishing techniques?" Often the difference in catching bass and not catching bass is your ability to know when to change. Making the right decisions at the correct times will spell victory or defeat for a tournament bass fisherman or a weekend angler. On Table Rock Lake in Missouri, during the second week of March, Mark Davis' ability to know when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em was the reason he won $100,000 in the BASS tournament there. If you'll read each day's upload this week, you'll see how Davis made those critical decisions at the right time each day to catch more bass than the best 150 fishermen in the nation. This week's information may be some of the most important you'll learn about catching bass. So, don't miss a day this week.
Question: What happened on the third day of the tournament?
Question: What did you decide to do? Davis: I went to a new creek that I'd not fished in practice and hadn't fished during the tournament. I caught two really-nice bass that were keepers in that creek and couldn't get any other bass to bite. So I fished four or five other creeks and still didn't get a bite. Finally I went to another creek that I hadn't fished at all before because the water color in this creek wasn't what I'd planned to fish, but now the water had some stain in it that matched the pattern I'd established the day before. Immediately I caught two bass on the same Series 3 crankbait that I'd fished with on the second day of the tournament in the same chartreuse root beer colors. My partner for the day was an amateur who was catching quite a few bass on an antique Wiggle Wart crankbait that the company doesn't even make any more. I tied one of those Wiggle Warts on at the end of the day, and I caught a couple of bass on it, too. So, now I had a limit of bass, and I was feeling good about the day.
Question: On the third day, how many pounds of bass did
you weigh in?
Question: Why did the Wiggle Wart work?
Too, the people at Strike King have told all of us, "You use the lures that you feel will best help you win a tournament when you're fishing in a tournament. Naturally we want you to use Strike King lures, but if there's another bait you feel will help you win, you use whatever bait you have to use to win." So I didn't hesitate to use the Wiggle Wart, even though I'm sponsored by Strike King. Up until that point, I'd caught all the fish in the tournament that had put me in a position to win on Strike King lures. But, my partner on the third day won the amateur side of the tournament fishing the Wiggle Wart. Now, I'd be dumb as a rock not to fish the same lure on which he was catching all his bass. I felt I had a really good shot at winning that last day if I planned to fish both the Series 3 crankbait and the Wiggle Wart.
Even though you were 2 pounds back in second place, why did you think
you could win?
Question: How did you sleep that third night before the
last day of the tournament?
Question: How do you get yourself up for a tournament,
especially the last day of the tournament, when you're sick as a dog?
What made that water so far away so attractive?
Visit the Strike King Web site to learn more.
TOMORROW: KNOWING WHEN TO HOLD 'EM AND WHEN TO FOLD 'EM PAYS OFF
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