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Old 01-22-14, 06:25 PM   #1
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Cool FL Bassin Using Ohio River Tactics

8 of us showed up to fish a Tuesday tournament on Lake Rousseau here in FL. Forecast was winds 10-20 with gusts to 30, rain, & dropping temps. Guess the forecast scared many away. Come on.... it was 46 at 0645 & by the end of the tournament at 1300 it was 60. The winds were coming in off the Gulf so it was breezy & Rousseau has as many stumps as you have blades of grass in your yards.

I was the last one in and noticed there were only 3 guys remaining. Yeah it had turned nasty but but that's why they sell rain suits. I started out with a devils horse searching for a big bite. After 2 hrs of zig zaging & changing locations & numerous baits I grabbed my 8# test spinning rod with a 1/16 oz worm weight & Zoom Red Shad finesse worm. The largest I caught weighed 3.1 & the other 4 together weighed 5.5# giving me a total of 8.6 lbs.....So much for FL big bass. But it was enough to win. I used this rig fishing the Ohio River to top out a limit of squeaker spots & largemouth dozens of times. Don't get me wrong....I also use 65# braid & 1.5 oz tungsten flippin & pitchin. Tuesday the small stuff worked.

If you want to see larger bass & the approximate locations where caught in Florida go here.
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Old 01-22-14, 11:01 PM   #2
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Congrats on sticking it out and the win. I live very close to the Monongahela River and seldom fish it. But I think i might give your lightweight rig a try this year. The biggest smallie I've pulled out of the river was around 2-3lbs. The biggest large mouth was just a dink. You certainly can catch a lot but just like the Bass Masters held here they are generally small fish.
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Old 01-23-14, 08:04 AM   #3
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Congrats on taking first place, and for figuring out what worked that particular day. I really need to work more with light weight rigs and presentations. I see another rig in my future.
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