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"Catch Up" - November 21st 2018

It's been awhile, and a lot has happened since the last blog. It's been a great fall so far (although it feels more like winter right now), but some of the best is yet to come.

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REEL N' SMOKE

That’s what Reel ’n Smoke is about getting out there and finding your own passion. Whether it’s casting a line, stalking prey or just hanging out, it’s an individuality that lives in all of us.

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FISHSENS

FishSens Magazine is a web publication covering fish science, conservation and sport. FishSens Magazine aims to keep professional anglers and fishery researchers up to date on developments in their industries.

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ABOUT Jeff

INFO

Age: 31
Job: Fisheries Biologist
Hometown: Norton Shores MI
Family: Amanda, Mabel and Hutch (yellow lab)

PERSONAL

Biggest tournament fish: 6.69
Largemouth or Smallmouth: Largemouth
Favorite Lake: Portage Chain
Duck blind or Treestand: duck blind

ANGLING

Favorite Bait: Nemesis Bullet Craw
Favorite Techniques: Flipping grass, sight fishing
Fishing Strength: decision making
Other: Salmon, Trout, Walleyes, Whitefish, Bluegills, Perch

PERSONAL

Sunrises or Sunsets: Sunrises
Food: harvested, cleaned, and cooked myself
Music: Hard Rock

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The Last One

That's it the last major tournament for me in 2018 is in the books. It was definitely a memorable adventure to Houghton Lake and a place I would like to go back to someday. Everyone was faced with challenging conditions up there, as we faced a 30 degree temperature drop on tournament morning. It was a refreshing taste of fall, but I don't think it helped the bite any. Congrats to the winners for figuring out the right bites in a brutal tournament like this!

I knew right from the get go I was going to have my work cut out for me. My only experience on the lake was an NBAA classic in the spring a decade or more ago. I knew what I was doing then wouldn't play and I didn't make it up there to pre practice. That ended up being a really poor decision because we were faced with sustained 30 mph winds on our official practice day. Houghton is big, open, and there is nowhere to hide. I didn't get really anything out of practice, I found a few things I was looking for but never got bit off them. My short day produced 1 walleye, 1 pike, and 1 largemouth. Shaun had something come up so I was going it alone in the tournament. There was no doubt I had my work cut out for me.

 

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Multi Species

I've only got a couple tournament blogs left for this season. Seems crazy it is almost over but it means we've got a lot of other fun things about to kick off. We've got White Lake D&R, Grand Traverse Bay, Muskegon Salmon, as well as some other important news packed into this one. It's probably not going to be short, so here it goes.

The last regular season D&R Tournament was on White Lake and Shaun and I had really been looking forward to this one.  Practice seemed to confirm that we should be looking forward to it as well. We didn't have anything really good to go on but we had seen enough of the right kind of fish that we knew it could be good. Plus we had the flipping sticks and heavy weights ready to go, that always gives us some added confidence.

We had boat 25 I think, which is a solid number when fishing against 78 boats. I wasn't too worried about anyone starting where we wanted to since I wouldn't call it one of the popular spots on White Lake. I don't really spend much time in that particular area either but we had enough bites there to make it seem like a good idea.

 

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