by Bob Benson » Tue Nov 15, 2016 11:30 am

The Don Brown Memorial Tournament had a great turnout for both
fishing clubs. The topwater bite had exploded a few days prior to the
tournament. Reports of 30-45 fish a day were coming in. The bigger fish
finally showed up on the surface. On Wednesday and Thursday people
caught fish in the 20lb range throwing chug bugs and spooks. Back to
reality. As usual, Saturday came with a nasty cold front. We had heavy
white caps on the lake with 15-20MPH East winds, and gusts to 35mph.
Water temperature was 66 degrees on the main lake. There was no fish
caught on topwater the whole day. A total of 38 boats braved the nasty
conditions and tried their hand at some big money prizes. 1st place for
OSC was Double Trouble with 46.50 inches. Junior, Boomer and PAul had
some downline action in Little River. They apparently had it all to
themselves. Backwoods had 2nd place with 38.75″. Jeremy and Brandon
failed up river and were happy to get 2 downline bites in the last hour.
Nauti by Nature had 3rd and Big fish with a 31.75″ fish. They got their
south on a downline in the last hour. 4th went to Back in Black with 29.5″.
Mike got his deep at Browns Bridge. Fish Hunter had 27.25″ and 5th
place. 6th place went to Little River Boys with 23.75″. Hogans Heros also
had 23.75″ for 7th place. Abercrombie and Fish had a 23″ striper good for
8th. It came out of Flat Creek. Wasted Seamen had 9th with 20.25″. We
had 9 boats or half the team Zero.

On another note 1st place overall was 68.25″. That team won $1900. 2nd
place overall had 59″. 3rd place was Double Trouble with 46.5 (OSC 1st
place); 4th place had 40.75″ and 5th was Backwoods with 38.75″ (OSC
2nd place). Big Fish was caught by John Mantovani. It was 36″ and
yielded $900 in cash. Only 5 boats had 2 or more fish. 1st and 2nd came
out of the rivers. 20 boats skunked, a little more than half the field.
The 2016 Don Brown Memorial
Striper Fishing Tournament
BOB FIELDS AND I CAME IN 5TH PLACE IN BOTH THE LANIER STRIPER
CLUB & THE OAKWOOD STRIPER CLUB COMBINED TOURNAMENTS
AND 10TH OUT OF 38 BOATS IN THE DON BROWN MEMORIAL
TOURNAMENT FOR ALS TODAY. WITH THE BLUSTERING WINDS
GUSTING AT TIMES TO 20 MPH AND THE AIR TEMPERATURE JUST
BELOW 50° IT FELT LIKE 40°, WE SET OUT TO FISH NEAR DOG CREEK
NORTH OF CLARK’S BRIDGE RAMP ABOUT 2 MILES. SHORTLY AFTER
GETTING ALL OF OUR LINES OUT I LOST A STRIPER ON PLANER
BOARD WITH 8” GIZZARD SHAD. I THOUGHT IT WAS BECAUSE I WAS
USING A CIRCLE HOOK SO I CHANGED IT TO A J HOOK AND ADDED A
STINGER. AN HOUR LATER THE SAME THING HAPPENED, PLANER
BOARD WENT UNDER AND POPPED UP AGAIN. THE LESSON LEARNED
HERE WAS THAT AFTER THE PLANER BOARD WENT UNDER I DIDN’T
WAIT A FEW MORE SECONDS FOR THE STRIPER TO COME BACK FOR
THE BAIT IT JUST STUNNED WITH A SLAP OF ITS TAIL. COMMON
MISTAKE WHEN FISHING IN COLDER WATER LIKE 52-55°. WE WERE
JUST SOUTH OF DON CARTER PARK. WE DECIDED TO LEAVE FOR
WARMER WATERS AND LEFT THAT AREA HEADING SOUTH TO LAUREL
PARK TO PULL UMBRELLA RIGS IN THE RIVER CHANNEL. THE WATER
TEMPERATURE HERE WAS 62°. BEFORE I COULD GET MY LINE IN THE
WATER, IT WAS FISH ON. BOB NOT ONLY GOT THIS 27” STRIPER, IT
WAS HIS FIRST ON A URIG.
NOVEMBER 13, 2016 Steve Scott