Well runoff is just about over. Or is it Instead of sitting around speculating with everyone, or jumping in line on the Beav although it is fishing pretty well these days Tyler Barrus and I hit the tournament trail with Matt Cassel of Cliff Flyboxes this past Monday After our pig roast on Saturday, it looked like we were going to have to travel some to find fishable water. Leave it to Cliff to hatch a plan of fishing a smallmouth tournament in Idaho. It didnt take much convincing, and less planning to get me to go.
We bummed a boat from Mr. Stenerson at Clackacraft with a motor and pulled up Ririe Reservoir on mapquest. Twenty minutes later we were stripping crayfish patterns through flooded willows. The rules of engagement were 5 fish, kept alive, and they had to be big. Bigger than 12 anyhow. Thanks to our Yeti Cooler and a livewell pump we made the 4 p.m. check in weigh in with our 5 pounds of bass They are cool little rascals, and fight pretty well for their size. With flooded conditions, cold water, and not having a clue where to fish or how to fish for that matter we felt pretty lucky to even be in the game when we hit the boat ramp. Maybe I should have stuffed some rocks in a fish or two - as the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams were all just a few fractions of ounces ahead of us. Fourth place it was for old Team Cliff. Thanks to Jeff Currier for letting a couple more rednecks in the game. See you next year
We are working on a plan for next season's pig roast as this year we maxed out our capacity. Stay tuned for more details you wont want to miss this one
One last shot - which leads to the question Are YOU Cliff'ed up
Thanks again for reading. This season is really heating up to be a great one. If you haven't called the shop to talk to Holly about your dates, you might not want to wait too much longer
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