Did some pre-fishing on 6-18 for the tourney in Charlotte the following weekend. I had a couple of flows I wanted to check out over the weekend but did so well the first day that I didn't do anymore scouting. Fished a large river with large shoal complexes for largemouth. Early on I established a nice buzzbait pattern. Caught about 12 fish, all on the buzzbait and most of them were nice fish and all were hanging out in the shoals, some in some strong current but most in pools. By the end of the day I had about a 60 inch 3 fish total. That would have easily won the tournament the following week. However, the next week the river was significantly lower and the bite was much slower. I struggled to catch a 3 fish limit and could only muster 46.5 inches for a 9 place finish.
Here's the big fish of the pre-tourney scouting trip, a nice 4lb 13oz LMB
Just goes to show that pre-fishing isn't everything. For the Birmingham tourney I only did virtual scouting and fished the creek for the 1st time the day of the tourney and finished 2nd with 53 inches. What am I going to do for the Macon tourney...HHmmmm.