Tournament #9 is in the rearview!

It was a calm, chilly, foggy start on Lake Nippenicket this morning. We had six anglers, including newcomer Justin Rollo, who joined us for his first tournament ever. We paid out two spots plus lunker.

As usual at the Nip, some of us struggled, while others caught a lot of small fish. Water levels were extremely low, but the fish were biting, at least. It wasn’t on fire or anything, but everyone caught fish.

I got my first and biggest fish early, on a Picasso Lures chatterbait. I was hoping that was a pattern, but I never got another bite on it all day. I caught another on a Fat Ika, and then two more on a Spintrix Underspin, with a soft plastic swimbait trailer. I lost one other bass, had a huge blow-up on the frog, which might have been a pickerel. Aside from a few pickerel and a crappie, that was all I caught.

I didn’t get my fourth fish until 2:54.

Donald Davis and Bruce Levy both caught a lot of fish, but they couldn’t find any kicker bass. Don’s biggest five went 73 inches even, which was enough to squeak past Bruce’s 71.75 for a second-place finish.

Chris Diranian struggled for the first four hours with no bites—until he took off the perch-colored Whopper Plopper and tied on, I think, the blue gill-colored Plopper. Today, that’s what the big girls wanted. A couple of them, anyway.

Chris’s biggest fish went 20.5 inches, while his five went 75.5, good enough for both lunker and first place!

Congrats again, guys! Well deserved on a tough day. And as always, thanks for coming out!

Our next tournament—and final “official” tournament of the year—will be at Norton Reservoir on October 8.