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Lake: Grand Lake
Fish: Lake Trout

Grand lake tournament pt2

Post By: the-fishing-guy      Posted: 2/4/2021 4:47:49 AM     Points: 248    
Just a thought.. Who is gonna go to the tournament on the 20th??
I tried it last time it was on and got skunked but won a door prize 😆 any tips on how to catch a fish during these tournaments?? I drive all the way from the San luis valley to the tournament's and I would like to at least catch a minnow 😆 😆 Alot of ppl and not much room to fish.... Any tips would be good.. Also I will be fishing Granby Friday (19th) and I have NEVER fished it and I wanna try to catch some nice Lakers.. Any special spots? Depths? Lures? Bait?
 Reply by: dasflikken      Posted: 2/4/2021 8:29:37 AM     Points: 8468
I love fishing Tightlines tournaments, but I'm gonna pass on Grand Lake from now on, this is why. The best I've ever done at one was by catching a laker. Grand Lake has a slot limit on lakers. If you catch a 32" 18lb laker, you will lose to a 3.5 lb trout. Lakers at Grand lake between 26 and 36" must be released immediately and cannot be weighed. Most of the winners I've seen catch on the very outside of the grid. I believe this is because of all of the noise that many people create. Also, I believe most people fishing a laker tournament are using spawn sacks which normally is like ringing the dinner bell, has the reverse effect when done en masse. So far as Granby goes, you can do really well straight off of Sunset ramp in about 70' if numbers are ok. If you want trophies, I'd recommend a snowmobile and studying a Fish-n-maps.Good luck in the tourney, you have the same odds as bingo, and TO has really good payouts. It's more like gambling than fishing.
 Reply by: the-fishing-guy      Posted: 2/4/2021 8:57:12 AM     Points: 248
Yeah I agree with you 100% on what you said... And it is also not cool about the regulations it has.. It should be all fish caught can qualify for a spot.... I'll be thinking about it but I'm for sure gonna go to Granby
 Reply by: Bizkits Dad      Posted: 2/4/2021 12:11:01 PM     Points: 347
I've been to 6 of these and planning on going on the 20th. In 6 tournaments with 10 different people, I've only seen 1 fish weighed in my group and it was good for 1st place.

Advice? Try anything and everything. With 30 minutes left, I started moving from hole to hole trying both active and passive presentations. Meanwhile, my son sat at the same hole he'd been at for 3 hours and 45 minutes, tied on something new and caught a winner with 12 minutes left.

I was at the Grand Lake tournament in January and a guy in the hole next to me caught one. We were at the same depth and both fishing a white tube tipped with sucker.

I think there is something to fishing on the edges, though.

Best advice I can give is to keep fishing.
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: 2/5/2021 7:22:14 AM     Points: 1707
Well said das hence why I will never do another TL tournament. 700 to 900 in one area. Especially not during covid.
 Reply by: the-fishing-guy      Posted: 2/5/2021 12:06:58 PM     Points: 248
Yeah I also went to the January one and also the guy next to me was catching them and we had similar baits and were at same depth... Its all luck honestly but its fun doing tournaments
 Reply by: Trailerman      Posted: 2/5/2021 12:14:53 PM     Points: 151
There’s luck involved but if you pay attention to the awards there’s a few people who always seem to do well. I think the hardest part is focusing and not socializing the whole time.
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