"In the Boat" presented by Jewel Bait Company
Tournament: Get5Bass Twin Lakes Series Tournament
December 11, 2010
Bull Shoals Lake
Anglers: Jeremy Risley and Jim Risley
Place: 5th - 5 bass – 14.05 pounds
Practice: We haven’t fished Bull Shoals since May so we just decided to wing it!!
December 11: We were boat number one. With the weather conditions and forecast, we figured it
was going to be a slugfest. We headed up to Big Creek to start that day. We had planned on power
fishing because it was cloudy and drizzling. However, when we got there it was dead calm. We fished
fast for about 30 minutes and decided we needed to fish the jig. Behind us in the open water, the
loons were going crazy!! I was thinking to myself that I wish I had more confidences in the spoon
because there was a good chance there were active fish deep in the open water. We than hit our
best jig bank and I managed to catch a 16 in. keeper smallmouth and dad was able to catch a short
fish. We run around for the next couple of hours with nothing. At this point, it was getting to us
because we knew everyone else was hammering them. We headed back down lake and start fishing
a deep channel swing. About that time, I told dad that our luck we would figure out a jig bite and
then the wind would start blowing. At this point it had been dead calm but they had forecasted for
heavy winds and high wind gust. At the end of the channel swing, dad catches another 16 in.
smallmouth and a short on back to back casts. We turned around and went down the bank again. At
the other end about 11:30ish, a cloud bank blew in and you could see the wind coming. It blew hard
the rest of the day. So I was thinking great, there goes the jig bite. I pick up a wiggle wart and catch
a short on the first cast. Then shortly after that I boat our third keeper. So we decided to just run to
a windy creek and just chunk and wind the rest of the day. The first bank we come up on I was able
to get another keeper in the boat. As we were flying down the bank, I told dad well we need a 5
pounder to even have a chance. Well the next cast, I throw up close to the bank and start cranking.
One hammered it and I could see a white belly down deep. I told dad this might be a decent fish.
Then all a sudden it jumps and it is a toad!! I finally get it close to the boat and dad nets the almost
5 pounder!! After that we continued to catch fish. The problem was they were all the same size.
They were all in the 16 in range. Then we headed back up the mouth of the creek and fish down the
other side. The first stretch, I managed to catch a good spotted bass on the second crank. Then we
worked around the point. Dad says this stretch doesn’t look good. About that time I hook a decent
fish. Dad says it is just like the others. Then it jumps and it is a 3 pounder. I say well you better net it
anyways, lol. After that, we continue to catch keepers and short fish for the next 2 hours but wasn’t
able to cull those fish out. Then the sun came out and our bite went away. So we decided to head
down lake early because the wind was blowing. After battling 3 footers for 10 miles, we made it back
and just decided to go in and set things up.
Jewel Eakins’ Jig (5/16 oz, Brown) with twin tail grub trailer: 2 keepers
Storm Wiggle Wart (V-37): 13 keepers
Dobyns 705 CB Rod (Wiggle Wart)
Dobyns 705 CB Glass (Wiggle Wart)
Dobyns DX 704 C (Eakins Jig)
Final thoughts: What a fun day fishing and an exciting boat ride in!! There is nothing like sending a
20 foot boat airbourne. We caught a lot of fish in a very short time period. They were either
extremely shallow or just off the bank. They all seemed mean that day. We were very surprised by
the weights. We figured there would be several 20 pound sacks. It was a great day on the water with
my dad. You couldn’t ask for anything better!!
See ya’ at the next tournament,