Skeet’s Beat – Good to be Home

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SkeetBlogIt was a long, hot two weeks in Montgomery; down in L.A. – Lower Alabama!

Fishing the Toyota Trucks All Star Week was a lot of fun. It was a lot more relaxed environment the last two weeks without the Angler of the Year title being on the line. The head to head format certainly added a fun wrinkle to the whole experience.

Once again, the Alabama River had my number. I was really surprised about it too. I had a really good practice on the river, and was looking forward to beating Casey Ashley, but things just didn’t work out that way. My bite disappeared down river with the lower water levels, and I just couldn’t find the bigger ones.

Then, to see Ott Defoe win it upriver near the Bouldin Dam and the Tallapoosa River; where I know the kind of quality fish live. I just missed it, and it shows me how out of sync I am this year.

The highlight of the week were two things; seeing the Legends fish against each other, and getting a chance to be a part of the Hope for the Warriors event again this year. My partner for the day, Bobby Davis lost an arm in combat and seeing him go after it was a lot of fun.

We caught a couple fish early on a Lucky Craft 2.5DD crankbait, but the deal for the day was pitching an Okeechobee Craw colored Berkley Havoc Pit Boss over brushpiles and rockpiles then swimming it back over the top like a little bluegill was our best producer.

Bobby and I were using identical Wright & McGill Co. Micro Honeycomb Football Jig / Big Worm rods with a Victory 701 reel and a 1/4-ounce Eagle Claw Tungsten weight with a TroKar TK 120 Magworm Hook. We’d swim that thing over the tops of the brush and they’d choke it; it was a lot of fun,

When we got off the water, I gave Bobby the rod and reel he was fishing with to take home with him. It really isn’t very much, but it feels great to be able to spend a day with them and give back to those guys who gave so much for our country; even if it’s just a little bit.

Other than that, I’m looking forward to getting home to NorCal where the humidity is tolerable. I don’t think I ever fully dried out in the last two weeks.

It’s nice to be home with Kim and the Girls.