1 pointSite rep. Traveled to Hartwell on Wednesday after New Year. Got set up at the house we rented. Had all kinds of bait with us that needed care. Fished Thursday and Friday. I though we were fishing for decent fish, but, oh no, turns out we were fishing for dinks. Was told two twenty's would easily win. Turns out one twenty would have won. Managed to pick up one fish each on Thursday and Friday 4-5 pounds each. Marked a bunch of fish on various spots. Got ready to go on Saturday. Picked up the striper tubes as this is a live weigh in tourney. Tied rigs and got rods ready to go on Saturday. As it turns out, you don't need many rigs ready when you aren't catching anything. Saturday came. Up at 4:00, on the water by 5:30 for a 7:00 lines in time. Check in is at 3:45. Scouted some spots, and got set up. Did I mention that all the spots we marked on Friday were now unfishable because of a 15-20 mph wind and 2' whitecaps? Found some coves and picked up our first fish around 12:00. A whopping 1.2 pound striper. We are weighing that monster in come hell or high water. Throw him in the bait tank where he seems relatively happy. Move to our last spot which is a series of points that we didn't scout. About 2:30 we pick up a 3.4 pounder, and about 2:50 we pick up a 5.1 pounder. A whopping 8.5 pound bag limit. With the run and the whitecaps, we packed up and headed to the weigh in. Finished 18th out of 62 boats. For a lake we had never seen before, I was OK with the finish. We started in a large cove, and probably should have stayed there. Big fish of the tourney came from there at 16 pounds. Winning bag was 17.4 pounds. Turns out Hartwell apparently had a large die off this spring/summer. Lesson is be happy with the fish we have here in Tennessee. We will try again next year. I now have some spots and techniques I didn't have before. Striper fishing with a number 8 hook being one of them.
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