FLWer Bryan Thrift almost baked a cake at the TTBC on Lake Ray Roberts, TX â€“ and didn’t even have a recipe. He was just fishin’. Here’s how:
> “The first day it was perfect conditions for flying down the bank â€“ heavy cloud cover and no wind. The fish were up there shallow, so it was just cover water and get a reaction. My trolling motor was on 80% percent, I’d cast as far as I could and wind back as fast as I could.
> “Day 2 I started out with the same plan. We had sun and wind, but the wind had changed directions. In practice it was N/NW, and day 2 it was E/SE. It was blowing right in on the stuff where I caught them on the buzzbait, so that morning I ran to the same places.
> “Day 3 it was partly cloudy and the wind was just like it was on day 2. But I never got any bites going down the bank. About 9:00 I bailed and put the flipping stick with the Knock Out in my hand the rest of the day. I was flipping bushes.
> “I fished the Knock Out [gp] with a 1/2-oz tungsten weight, a punch skirt [gp] and a 5/0 straight shank hook. The rod was 7′ 6” Fitzgerald Okeechobee (heavy), I used a “right-handed reel,” [he doesn’t have a reel sponsor] and 20-lb fluoro.”
3rd: Luke Clausen
> “I started every morning â€“ me and Chris Zaldain â€“ on a set of tires [over 12-15′] that had a shad spawn going on in front of a marina. The first morning I did pretty good â€“ a 6-lber, a couple 2-lbers.
> “The next morning I had one there about 1.5 lbs, the third morning I caught a 4.5. From there it was wide open â€“ I fished new water every day. I caught them on a frog, flipping bushes, a buzzbait, several topwaters.
> “I was just fishing everything on the lake that looked good: little sections of rock on the bank, main-lake bushes, backs of pockets. No real-defined patterns by any means. I fished shallow pretty much the whole time. The lake fishes pretty small â€“ you could fish the whole thing in a day.
> Other flipping: Z-Man Palmetto Bugz (green pumpkin, California craw), 3/8-oz weight, 4/0 straight shank hook.
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