Today 19 of us competed at Cook Pond in Fall River. This was our biggest turnout to date!

Unseasonably cold weather and water temps greeted us, which of course made for a tough bite for most of us. Only five limits were caught.

Things started out well enough for me. I caught three by 8 AM, but didn’t get another bite until almost 11 AM. I fished half the pond after that with no more bites, so I pulled out a frog and threw a Hail Mary cast into a small field of sparse pads. Almost immediately I caught my fifth bass.

That was 12:31. I caught four more—three of them upgrades—on the frog and in the same set of pads between then and 1:15. Pretty good run for such a small area.

Anyway, we had two lunker pools for this one, smallmouth and largemouth.

Bruce Levy walked away with $150 for the biggest smallmouth: a 14.25-incher. Looking at my photos just now, though, I realized that we actually tied for lunker. I thought my smallie was 13 inches so I never even checked! Bonehead mistake on my part. Haha.

Lunker largemouth went to newcomer Kevin Amaral Jr. He had a solid—and seriously fat—18.50.

We’d hoped to pay out five spots today, but one angler didn’t show, so we paid out four.

Fourth place went to Kevin Amaral, who was also fishing with us for the first time. He had a respectable 69.75 inches.

Bruce Levy had a good day today. Not only did he get $75 too much for lunker smallmouth, he also got another envelope full of cash for placing third with 74.25 inches.

Four of the five bass I caught on the frog toward the end of the day were enough to put me into first place with 76.25—though it was shortlived. At 2:13 PM a fish was submitted that bumped me down to second.

That fish was submitted by Chris Diranian, who bested me by .75 inches for an even 77. Great job, man!

And congrats to everyone else! Excellent job.

Check out the full results here on TourneyX.

It was great time as always, guys. Great seeing everyone again, and a pleasure seeing some new faces: Kevin and Kevin Jr., Lee, and Rj. Hope to see you at another one soon!

Speaking of another one…

Our next event is on September 16 at Oldham Pond in Pembroke. It’s a great little pond, so it should be a good day!