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Tournaments => FLW Fishing => Costa FLW Series => Topic started by: SODY on July 28, 2018, 10:23:00 PM

Title: Sody Report 2018 Costa series Buffalo NTY,Lake Erie
Post by: SODY on July 28, 2018, 10:23:00 PM
One and done, Lake Erie was a smallmouth mega fest and showed out on day one with awesome limits and giant fish. Drop shot tube, ned etc

Unfortunate days two and three were cancelled so Ron and I got to see Niagara Falls (Very Cool) but spent two days bumming around wishing we had fished days two and three as he had a top ten shot and I had a chance at a check. He finished 17th with (5) for 19 lbs 2 oz for $810. His day one ride Ben Wright finished second for $16,800 with (5) for 24 lbs 3 oz missing winning $87,500 by 1 ounce. This was a tournament of ounces !!! I finished 100 place with (4) for 13 lbs 7 oz and lost two that may have made the difference. I could not get the last fish and the wind picked up. 30- 100 th was only separated by about one fish, so it was a bummer not to fish day two! Most everyone had dead fish penalties.

 Both Ron and I had great rides and some of the best boaters we have ever rode with, both great and acted as teams.  Met some great lakes and reelswede readers. Hi all.

Seemed like everyone was loosing at least one big fish due to the depth etc and those that did not fizz or ice their fish lost dearly. We fizzed everyone, took great care and still lost big ones to the long day of fishing, more on that in a minute as I plan to become an expert on this subject.

Ok we both drew early flights and it was clear the reefs were the ticket. When you have 39 boats  around general areas and everyone is catching fish you know its going to be a good day. I caught my first fish on at 6:20 am from 35 foot of water on a Jackal flick shake in watermelon candy with chartreuse spike it garlic on the tail 5 plus lbs. Caught fish two on a 2.5 inch black silver gulp minnow, fish three came on a green robo worm (my partner crushed them all week on this and never fished another bait). fish four came on the gulp and I caught several shorts and a large walleye on the gulp. Ron caught a stud of a walleye on a swimbait. Ron caught most of his fish on drop shot and thats what most anglers were fishing. We all fished Canada and America and it was 20-40 foot depths for most bags.
I used straight flouro 8 and 10lb on spinning gear, with one braid and leader. Ron was set up with all braid and leader. Rode in a 2016 Ranger 521C Cadillac of boats.

Interesting fast fact Ron had a limit by 9:30 AM and his pro did not have anything at 11 am, then he stuck with it, going for the quality five bites and it paid off and caught three over five lbs. I think around 1 PM and ended up in second proving once again Luke 1:37 is true. :)

Great time very clean town , best run tournament and launch I have enjoyed in forever!
They rolled out the red carpet for this one, golf carts food trucks people helping etc. TeamHouston we were wishing you were there! It was better than the tour event!

Ok so now the negative fish care has got to get better at these slug fests and im tired of seeing the fish not getting the treatment they deserve. Look for some videos and input from me as im making it a mission to help. I welcome your comments on how you care for your fish and what has worked for you! Ron and I were talking and a detailed seminar or instruction packet at these would be great for those that need help with fish care.

Great time!!

 
Title: Re: Sody Report 2018 Costa series Buffalo NTY,Lake Erie
Post by: detroit1 on July 29, 2018, 05:31:58 PM
Nice read...I guess weather stole days 2 & 3?
Title: Re: Sody Report 2018 Costa series Buffalo NTY,Lake Erie
Post by: dartag on July 29, 2018, 06:42:05 PM
Great report.   I heard about a lot of dead fish due to catching them deep.   Fizzing is a tricky thing.  If you do it wrong you can kill the fish.   I learned from a guy on the St Clair River when we used to catch them deep there.  We also used belly weights.