St Johns River August tournament
by: Michael Guiles 8/26/2013
We went back to the river for this months tournament. It started at safe light out of the Ed Stone Park ramp off Hwy 44. The weather wasn't bad and fishing was pretty good. Most teams headed north to lakes Dexter and Woodruff, while a handful of us headed south to lake Beresford and the Blue Springs state park area. Working some pads early, with a popping frog, produced my big fish for the day at just a bit over six pounds. After that it was a lot of fish but they were all too small. We closed the day out with a four pound bass fishing speed worms on the outer edge of another set pads.
There were twenty two teams for the tournament, this seems to be the number of boats we are averaging each month. There were seventeen limits with only two zeros. The big bag for the tournament was caught by Larry Maltby and Larry Petty, they have been tearing the bass up this year winning the most tournaments. They had 20.72 pounds almost three pounds heavier than second place. The big fish for the tournament was 8.15 pounds caught by Chris Fisher that propelled his team to second place. He was the only one to beat out my six pound fish, better luck next time. The totals for the tournament were ninety six fish weighing in at 248 pounds.
Next month our tournament is on the Harris Chain out of Buzzard Beach. This has always been a rough tournament for this time of year. It is still hot and there always seems to be other tournaments sharing or not so sharing the ramp and docks. Last time the boats were tied together three deep off the docks.