|Pensacola Hawg Hunters
|"John's Club Report"
Covering The Pensacola Hawg Hunters
Email: John Buck
March 23-24 2002
|Lake Martin Standings
Total Fish Caught 178
Total Dead Fish 3
Total Fish Weight 247.75 lbs.
|Total Year Standings
Total Fish Caught 350
Total Dead Fish 4
Total Fish Weight 479.05 lbs.
~ Lake Martin Report ~
My partner for the weekend was the worse guy I could have drawn .myself. I was drawn for the solo spot so Ill have to say nice things about my partner. Even though he did let a big fish get away at the boat due to being slow to get the net. I started Saturday fishing pea gravel banks in Wind Creek with a little spotsticker jig head and a gourd green worm. After a couple of hours and no fish I changed my tactics and went to a cove that has produced for me at other times. I switched to a green pumpkin finesse and immediately caught a keeper LM on the spot sticker. I found a bedding fish and spent an hour to get her to hit only to have her break off at the boat .at least a 5 lb fish. By the afternoon I was frantic and managed to pull a small spot off a point with a rattle trap.
At the weigh in it seemed that every one had big bags of fish or at least had 4-5 keepers. All except me that is. I weighed my 2 in for a measley 2.20 lbs. and took 21st place for day one. Mac Cramer ruled the day with 10.95 lbs followed by Pistol Pete Potter (9.10 lbs) and Brian Metcalf (9.05 lbs). Fifteen limits were brought to the scales. Even Burnt Beans Bailey had a limit (his motor is still running great! Aint it fun when it all comes together like it should!). Macks partner "Big Fish Bob" Hanson lived up to his nickname and brought in a pretty spot to take 1st day lunker honors at 3.85 lbs.
Back at the Bob White Motel..(speaking of this if your guys ever need a room at Martin, this is a good place to stay. Its not fancy but very functional. The management and staff have always treated us well and have been very accommodating. They also dont jack up the room price like the others in the area do during race weekends. Hes got good parking and electrical outlets are no problem). Chief Fry Cook Cramer had the burners fired and going (without Fireball Jahnkes help) and cooked up a ton of fried chicken for the club. Hot fried chicken, potato salad, and baked beans was the menu of the evening.
It was obvious at the weigh in that I had to make a big change in tactics, locations, or both. Sunday was a short day and I took off and ran south of Hog Pen Slough to some clearer water. I soon found what I was looking for, some pea gravel banks on main points on the lake. I put on a green pumpkim finesse worm and on about the 3rd cast with the spotsticker caught a nice 2 lb spot. I continued this patter until the sun came up and put another small spot in the boat. When the sun broke through the fog I ran to the east side of the lake to fish the shady areas. It was here that I picked up 2 lm on the spotsticker. As the sun got higher I switched to a T-rig finesse worm kudzu color and dipped the tail chartreuse. I fished the coves along the eastern side of the lake and managed to cull 3 smaller fish for a limit weighing 9.20 lbs. This turned out to be the largest stringer on Sunday and jumped me from 21st to 10th in the tournament. At least I saved a little face.
Pistol Pete came in once again with a nice limit and a total of 15.65 lbs. to take 1st place and Dwayne Mills showed up with his 2nd limit and a total wt. of 15.15 lbs. for 2nd place edging out his partner Rich Cornelius who had his 2nd limit, total wt of 14.90 lbs for 3rd place. Lunker for the day was a tie with Fred Raby and Dwayne Mills sharing big fish honors, with a fish weighing 2.45 lbs. Most fish came on finesse worms fished very slowly in 5-10 ft of water. Most popular colors were junebug, green pumpkin, and kudzu. In our group when it takes 9.70 lbs to get a point, you know we had a good tournament!
I have enjoyed Lake Martin every time I have fished there. We always seem to catch decent numbers of fish and the water and terrain are so different from what we have around the Tensaw delta area. I think that everyone had a good time. I know that I did and Im looking forward to going back again.
Our April tournament will take us to the Tensaw delta out of Cliffs Landing. Until next time ...