Saturday, June 20, 2015

Read what the Metro Hawg Hunters league champs the last three years had to say regarding the first tournament of 2015 on Gull Lake in Brianerd, MN. Feel free to leave a comment or ask the a question!

Heading into the weekend at Gull Lake Brady and I really didn't know what to expect.  We had never been on Gull before and we really werent sure what we would find.  As we looked at the weather forecast the week leading up to the event, I could tell it was going to be stable.  A good sign for a traditional bite and a chance for the fish to setup in predictable spots.  

Our one practice day included hitting docks, finding grass, and looking for back pockets that held fish.    The last spot of the day we stumbled on the mother load . 4 pound fish everywhere and they were hungry.  We quickly left hoping that they would stay because we knew what a 4 pounder meant on this lake...lights out.

After a warm night, we went back to our honey hole only to find that they moved out. we only caught one keeper in what we thought was our "best spot".  Luckily, we had a solid back up plan we found the day before.  Frogs and flipping. 

We were able to put together a solid limit of fish over 13 pounds but lost a heartbreaker 3.5 pounder on a frog mid morning.  Overall good enough for 2nd place.

Day 2 brought more change. The only thing consistent about the bite was the frog.  The flip bite had died.  Had to switch up presentations early in the day.  It was a grind but we figured out how to put some solid fish in the boat.  About an hour before weigh in, we pulled up on a big weed flat and went to work.  We boated about 30 fish over the next hour.  It was almost every other cast!  Problem was they only helped us by ounces not pounds.  Day 2 heartbreak set in when we lost a 3.5 pounder at the boat just before weigh in time. 

All-in-all a good weekend.  Ended day 2 with a little under 13 pounds which landed is in 3rd for the day and 1st for the cumulative two day total.  

Our key this event was just trying something different and not being afraid to switch it up.  Nothing can replace time on the water when trying to learn this skill.

 -Colby Bolin.

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