Well to say conditions favored the fish and not the fisherman is an understatement!
From Sunday prior to Sunday morning Mark Twain Lake rose 12ft. and was still rising as heavy rains pummeled the area during the week. The lake was very muddy in most areas, with lots of debris making navigation a challenge on its own. All that being said 22 teams made the decision to fish no matter the conditions.
Taking the top spot today was the team of Gary Koening and Robin Hessling. Gary and Robin had an Area they wanted to fish as past history had showed this area in the back of a creek cleared quicker than most of the lake. When Gary and Robin got to their spot the water appeared to be a little cleaner 8 to 10 inches of visibility verses 4 to 6 inches else where. The team “dipped” soft plastics to visible cover, Laydowns, bushes and also punched sawdust piles. Gary and Robin had 6 bites and 6 keepers on the day with their best 5 weighing a net 11.88 pounds. Gary and Robin are sponsored By Koening Machine and Welding, Diamond Residential Mortgage and J&J Marine.
Taking Second today was the Joe Bass Staff team of Dominic Perotti and Jim Sexton. Dominic and Jim also searched for cleaner water and found 6 to 10 inch visibility in an area not too far from the dam. Pitching soft plastics to visible targets Dominic and Jim managed 3 keepers on the day weighing 8.39 pounds.
Finishing in Third today was the team of Lonnie Franklin and Bob Peneston. Lonnie and Bob fished spinnerbaits on grass flats in the Indian Creek area and managed 3 keepers for 6.76 pounds. Lonnie was also the highest finishing Skeeter Owner fishing out of his 2010 ZX200.
Our next 154 Marine Mark Twain division tournament will be June 30. Robert Allen Ramp 6am take off.
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