CKFC Boyd Lake Tournament Recap
by: Scott Brands 5/1/2018
The Colorado Kayak Fishing Club
(CKFC) started the club tournament season with a Bass only event at Boyd Lake in Loveland, CO. This was the same location as the first tournament where I won in 2017, but this year the conditions were much different.
In 2017, Boyd Lake was drawn way down removing obvious pieces of cover where bass are typically located such as boat docks and the dam. This year the lake was much fuller and these areas were in play for anglers to take advantage.
I had pre-fished the lake a few times in the weeks leading up to the tournament to develop my game plan. The bite overall was good but sometimes inconsistent. Some days I was catching fish shallow on spinnerbaits. Some days it was deep diving jerkbaits and crankbaits. There was even a day where I was catching fish on top water up shallow with a water temperature of 49 degrees. However, on tournament day the bite was tougher than I had anticipated.
I started out the day fishing reliable spots with crankbaits that have consistently produced for me over the years. Within the first half hour I had caught two smallmouth bass and was off to a good start with one of the bass coming in at 17.5 inches. After those first two fish, I went some time without another bite and was beginning to get concerned about filling a limit. I began to cover water fishing shallow weedlines rotating between a chatterbait and a spinnerbait. My next fish was a 17 inch largemouth that bit the chatterbait in an area which had produced for me in practice. Shortly after that I was able to fill a limit on the chatterbait and thought I had my strategy for the rest of the day. After culling twice I was sitting on 79 inches midway through the tournament.
At that point, the wind absolutely died along with my chatterbait bite. I continued throwing the chatterbait without a bite for a while and tried slowing down by dragging a texas rigged craw. Unable to get another bite, I made a long run down to the dam in my Jackson Coosa FD where I threw crankbaits and deep diving jerkbaits. The dam appeared to be getting a lot of pressure from other competitors and I was unable to get a bite there either. Reports from other anglers made it sound like it was a tough day for everyone. I decided to go back to where I caught my fish earlier in the tournament to see if I could catch a few more off those spots. The smallest fish in my limit was 14 inches and I really wanted to cull that fish before I would feel good with my day. Last year I was competing out of a paddle kayak which would have made these long hauls almost impossible, but now that I was in the Coosa FD I was able to cover water much more quickly and could make those long trips twice as fast as before!
After returning to my productive spots, a slight breeze picked up and I went back to throwing the chatterbait. Once again, the bite was back on and I was able to catch a few more fish, culling out the 14” and adding a 15.75” to improve my limit to 80.75 inches thirty minutes before the end of the tournament. I made my way back to the launch area satisfied with my performance and was hopeful for a good finish. The buzz amongst the anglers was that it was a grind of a day. Of the 44 anglers in the tournament, only 9 turned in a limit of 5 fish.
The results were announced; coming in third place was CKFC board member Jason Duong with a limit of 73.75 inches. Second place went to Eric Allee
who edged out Jason by one inch for a total of 74.75 inches. This meant that my 80.75 inches was enough for first place. The biggest bass of the tournament was also my 17.5 inch smallmouth that I caught first thing in the morning. I was excited to have defended last year’s victory on Boyd Lake and look forward to the next one. I would like to thank the CKFC for all their hard work in putting on these events, all of the club sponsors, and Jackson Kayak for their support of the sport of kayak angling!
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LastKast2010, CO 5/1/2018 8:57:48 AM
solid dude... so stoked for you. way to defend your title. Two in a row shows great talent and skill.
Scott Brands (Skookshunter), CO 5/1/2018 9:23:11 AM
Thanks Kris! Hope those reels are still working great for you!
panfishin, CO 5/1/2018 9:26:06 AM
That's awesome Scott! heck of a challenge to win two times in a row. What was the final number of anglers in the tourney? are you going to fish both of the Pueblo events?
Scott Brands (Skookshunter), CO 5/1/2018 9:33:49 AM
I believe there were 44 anglers at Boyd. I am hoping to get down to Pueblo for at least 1 of the events, but I won't know for sure what my schedule looks like until that week. I know Eric is looking for revenge, and he'd probably get it as I have literally no knowledge of Pueblo!
TigerHunter, CO 5/1/2018 7:50:52 PM
Congrats on the win! Another great CKFC event can't wait for P-Lo!
Scott Brands (Skookshunter), CO 5/2/2018 12:40:23 PM
Thanks Eric! The rivalry continues...