> Never made a cast all week. Fished vertical on fish I could see on screen. Had to spend quite some time on bigger fish — some took 10+ minutes to catch. Almost like bed fishing sometimes: Leave bait on fish and back off, barely pick bait of bottom — deadstick it for long periods of time and they would finally pick it up.
> Rotated best key rocks. Three in particular produced my biggest fish throughout the tournament.
> Used Lowrance 3d Structure Scan at 120′ to mark all biggest rocks in 15-18′. The best ones were isolated. Near, but unattached to the rock veins. Most were about 2-3′ tall.
> The two giant (5.5-lb) Shadow Rap fish were fish I couldn’t catch on a dropshot. I backed off, let that thing sink by the rock and worked it slowly. It was pretty cool, actually.
> Fished one reef close to takeoff and learned it more each day. Had a very tough practice and really no back-up plan, which turned out to be good in hindsight.
> Dropshot: 4″ Senkos (green pumpkin magic and “other variations of gp with different flakes”), HOOK, 3/16- and 3/8-oz VMC tungsten dropshot weight, 15′ 6-lb Sufix fluorocarbon leader, 8-lb Sufix Nano Braid mainline (aqua camo), 13 Fishing Creed GT spinning reel, 6′ 10″ medium-light 13 Fishing Muse Black and Envy rods.