Its officially summer at Kentucky Lake and its the Hobie Bass Open this all means that some big fish will be caught by the country’s best anglers looking for one of two spots for Hobie Worlds. Kentucky lake is my favorite lake to fish but not having the summertime knowledge I got there almost a week before to pre fish and check out that ledge bite.
Pre fishing is always a lot of driving on KY lake it seems like everything is a hour from where you are. Checking out some bays with ledges close by it didn’t take long to notice all the FLW boats on the ledges. For me personally I never found a good school of good fish on ledges, only finding small schools of small fish I began to turn my attention to the shallows which I am more comfortable with and love picking threw wood. Finding a pattern of decent fish hanging out near the patches of grass and if I burned a small worm over top and killed it at the edge I would get some bigger bites.
Always nice to have a pattern but still looking to find a ledge bite and using the Hobie’s Mirage drive to its fullest in my search but never finding some fish. Looking at some main lake points and finding some schools on the longest points made for some fun pre fishing but the quality fish never showed themselves.
Day 1 Went by quick catching a decent bag of fish on my pattern burning the a worm and killing it over grass. My teammate Tyler Tacy found a great pattern of Jigging docks and found some good ones. My bag for the day was 50.75. Tyler Tacy first day got him in the top 10 with 54.25 and let’s not forget to mention Jay Wallens amazing performance 58.75 inches!
Day 2 Started out with me waking up with a massive headache and when loading up my car puked out of nowhere. Not how i normally start my day, but you know you have to just deal with the cards you’re dealt. Luckily my pattern changed very little and I got my limit quick but needing a kicker fish I decided to change spots and look for those ledge fish again. Seeing Jay Wallens first day I knew i needed some big fish. Getting out on the main lake made feel like dog poop so I found a shady spot and took a short nap. Just what I needed I started feeling better and soon landed a nice 18 inch smallmouth off a long main lake point. Second day total 51.5 inches. Back at check in Jay was looking nervous and that means he did good and he did do good, good enough to take the win with 56.75 for a total of 115.5! Everyone was close this was a super competitive field glad to have been there.
Hobie put on a great event we had food every day waiting for use can’t tell you how much that means to you when you have been on the water all day and a great raffle and not to mention if you made the top 12 you got a paycheck. Ironically I was unlucky and placed 13th just shy of a paycheck, already thinking about getting back to Kentucky lake and find some of those big ledge schools.
Huge thanks to all my sponsors Strictly Sail, Hobie, Torqeedo