With everyone going back to school and summer vacation just about over, The Delta Teen Team tournament trail is in full swing. A 4 fish limit may seem not so hard to get but for others its all they strive for, with 17 kids and 7 boats lined up at Russo's Marina on the CA Delta for the first tournament of the year.
With blast off over and all anglers headed to their first spot, "its Game Time!" For myself and my co-angler we fished frogs and buzz baits first thing in the morning with no bites. Shortly switched up and started cranking. By 7 am only a few small fish caught with zero keepers in the boat.
My co angler desides to stick with the crankbait but I changed up to a 1/2 oz brown and orange Wadda jig and a watermolen candy trick worm with a nail weight. By 8 am I had two keepers in the boat but still struggling, my co angler still has yet to catch a keeper fish.
With the sun up and the bite starting to die we decide to move spots and work a little bit deeper water. With the water temp being 72 degrees, and being on the tail end of a cold front, we moved to an off-shore ledge. We figured the bite was going to be tuff but we needed to stick it out. Working a jig over the ledge was sure to produce a few more fish.
After a few more hours and about 10 more short fish the panic and frustration beings to set in. With a 1 o'clock weigh-in there's not much more time to fish so we decide to make a last ditch effort and moved to a new spot to try and catch a few more keeper fish. At the end of the day I was unable to fill a limit and my co angler was only able to come up with one fish.
With weigh-ins under way I can see as I weigh in fish that it was a tuff day for everyone else as well. But not for one angler in particular: Garrett Bradshaw. He was able to catch a good solid limit of fish and finished in the number one spot. With a 4 fish limit he had a weight of 8.15 all his fish were caught on frogs. Rounding out the top anglers were: Garrett Bradshaw, Austin Head and Spencer Butler.
At the end of the day its not ALL about catching tons of fish, but staying consistent and keeping the kids fishing!
Gabe joins the Fish Explorer team as a blogger to promote the sport of bass fishing and bring a voice to young bass anglers. Gabe is already a seasoned club angler and current Club President of the Delta Teen Team youth bass club.