The title sounds a little confusing, but here's the basic idea. Though beginning a little earlier than normal, lots of stuff is going on in lakes from a biological standpoint. Anglers get out on the water and see some changes, and the first thing they assume is lake turnover. One of the more common things to encounter this time of year, especially in our reservoirs, is heavily stained, brown-colored water. This is usually most apparent in the coves and creek arms. Typically the farther back you go, the worse the stain. In the very back end it can almost look like a deep purple dye. On smaller bodies of water it's not unusual for this "brown" water to extend out into or even completely color the lake.
When anglers come across this phenomenon, usually the first thing to cross their minds is that the lake must be turning over. But most times this would be an incorrect assumption. Especially this late in the year, our reservoirs and lakes have already completely turned over. Once that occurs, it doesn't reoccur or happen a second time. That would require restratification which would require significant thermal heating. That is almost never the case come November. What anglers are more than likely seeing is what is termed 'Algal Succession'. Different types of algae (planktons) are either more or less abundant throughout various times of the year based on season, photoperiod, temperature and a host of other factors. Right now, lakes are prone to a bloom in diatoms (see graphic). And diatom blooms give the lakes water that brown particulate look so common here in late fall.
BTW, the great graphic as well as the link to the algal succession page is part of a larger limnology learning series available online at several places including the Minnesota Shoreland Management Resource Guide, Lake Access .org and the previously written about here Water on the Web site. In particular, the original source largely being the book LAKE ECOLOGY OVERVIEW (Chapter 1, Horne, A.J. and C.R. Goldman. 1994. Limnology. 2nd edition. McGraw-Hill Co., New York, New York, USA.).
What a year it has been on Lake Monroe! The fishing has been great considering the lake's reputation for being the "dead sea" and the great fishing continued for our anglers as the team of Jeff Poteet and Mike Crays brought in the winning bag of fish at 18.75 Pounds to claim the SMI MARINE First Place Plaques and $1190 dollars! Their bag included the REELSVILLE SPECIALTY COATINGS BIG BASS of the tournament at 5.44 pounds!
In Second Place and collecting a check for $690 dollars was the team of George Brown and Brannon Pickett. Their bag hit the scale at 16.34 pounds and included the OUTDOORSMAN SPORTSHOP SECOND BIGBASS AWARD at 5.43 pounds.
Third Place went to Mike Quinlin and Lewis Mallory who took home a tackle pack from BAUER'S CUSTOM BAITS and Two bottles of BASS BOAT SAVER for their 15.22 pound limit.
Great Job Guys!
THE REELSVILLE SPECIALTY COATINGS / DENALI RODS ANGLERS OF THE YEAR RACE
Ed Bauer and Bob Garner Wrapped up the Anglers of The Year Title! Not only did they win, but they led wire to wire and truly were the best team in our division this year! Great job Ed and Bob!!!
The AOY winners will take home a huge prize package that includes two Denali Rods, Two TFO Rods, and paid entry into the Double Down pot at the Championship next spring. That's over $1000 in value to our Anglers of The Year winners!!
Go to our Website for full Results, AOY Standings, Pictures, and More:
http://www.actournaments.com/tdata/schedule2014.asp?Selectvalue=354 I just want to say thank you to all the teams for coming out and to all the sponsors for their support as well. I would like to give a special thanks to our Lake Monroe Division Sponsors:
Please support our sponsors when you can and let them know we appreciate their support.
I would like to give a special thanks to Brian Waldman over at WWW.BIGINDIANABASS.COM for posting our results, pictures, and story.
I want to thank all the teams that came out and fished with us this year and would like to invite everyone to come join us next year! Our schedule will be out sometime in January.
See you on the water,
Your best bet for finding crappie in the fall is to use jigs and drift along a drop off, fishing at different depths until you find them.
The absolute best time to go fishing in the fall is just prior to a major cold front. Crappie should be shallow, filling up their stomachs.
As the front passes, they will usually move back off the bank to deep water drop offs.
If they quit biting, using a minnow should be enough to trigger them back to biting.
Typically the cold temperatures don’t last long after a fall front. As the days warm, Crappie will move back shallow again.
Being out there on the water, fall color all around you, a little nip to the fall air, and there you are, hauling in a limit of crappie to stock your freezer until spring. That’s pretty hard to beat.
By Larry Whiteley, Host of the awardwinning Outdoor World Radio. For more tips go to basspro.com and click on 1Source News & Tips
The Monroe Invitational was one of the most pleasant tournaments I have run. The weather was wonderful the fishermen and women were all in a good mood until it came to the fishing. The bite was very tough. Only two limits were brought to the scales! But like always, somebody figures them out! This week it was Paul Jones of Jeffersonville who brought five solid fish to the scales weighing 16.06 lbs. Those five earned Paul the first place plaque and a check for $2,142.00. Paul was followed by Ron Eicher of New Albany who was one short of his limit but had a 5.34 lb kicker. Ron's 15.46 lb bag secured second place paying $1,338.75 his big bass paid another $510.00..Mike Quinlin of Mooresville had the other five fish limit but without the kicker. Mike's 11.94 lbs won him $803.25 for third. This also vaulted Mike to his second ANGLER OF THE YEAR award.
Danny Abrams of Greensfork IN. had four solid bass weighing 10.96 lbs. paying $642.60
Tim Maupin of Lawrenceburg had four weighing 8.16 lbs. good for fifth place paying $428.40
Curt Cox of Brookville had three weighing 7.94 lbs. Curt took home a new rod from A2O Boating Supplies and Pro Shop of Jeffersonville.
On the Co-Angler side it was Drew Crawford of Knightstown winning $1,071,00 with his two fish weighing 6.38 lbs. Drew's 4.90 lb. largemouth also earned him the Co-Angler Big Bass pot worth $250.00
Mike Pelston of Seymour weighed in three for 7.44 lbs earning him $669.38
Kenneth Smith of Austin, IN. was third with 5.26 lbs. paying $401.62
Jerry Hubbard of Indianapolis was forth with 4.96 lbs. paying $321.30
Bill Hendricks of Indianapolis was fifth with 4.20 lbs. paying $214.20
Mike Bracken of Bargersville, IN was first out of the money with 3.32 lbs. Mike took home a nice A2O Rod for his efforts. The top five finishers and big bass winners also received a beautiful plaque from Sutterifeld's Plaque and Trophy of Beech Grove Indiana.
Special Thanks to the INDIANA NATIONAL GUARD for supporting the Invitational Trail and all they do for America.
We are all looking forward to the Forrest L. Wood Classic which will take place at Vevay Indiana on October 4th and 5th. The top 40 Anglers and 40 Co-Anglers will be invited to fish for the coveted Classic Championship and over $20,000.00 in cash and prizes.
ANGLER OF THE YEAR
Congratulations to Mike Quinlin and Tyler Mosier who both won their second Angler and Co-Angler of the year awards. These guys worked extremely hard to accomplish this feat. The awards are well deserved.
Mike Quinlin placed 2nd at Patoka 1, 3rd at Brookville, 24th at Rocky Pt 1, 6th at Rocky Pt 2, 21st at Patoka 2, and 3rd at Monroe for a total of 547 points out of a possible 600
Tyler Mosier placed 1st at Patoka 1, 20th at Brookville, 39th at Rocky Pt 1, 21st at Rocky Pt 2, 3rd at Patoka 2, and 8th at Monroe for a total of 514
Both of these Anglers will be recognized at the Classic Banquet to be held on October 4th at the Ogle Haus Vevay, IN.
Attached are the year end points for each division.
Proud to be your Tournament Director,
Here's one for the weekend. I was researching knots and knot strength (again) this past week, when it dawned on me that nearly every single knot illustration you can find on the Internet leaves a "step" out of the knot tying process of Palomar knots. People might be tying it correctly, but it's just as likely they may not be given the instructions provided. Here's what I mean.
If you look at the illustrations for tying the Palomar, about every site gets you to the following step, usually the next to the last one they show - the final one being the cinched (final) knot.
At this point, you've done the double line overhand knot and slid your bait through the resulting small end loop. I have an arrow pointing to that loop. This is where most knot illustrations leave you, lastly showing the final knot cinched down. What they're not telling (or showing you), is that the next step is to take that end loop and flip it back up over the overhand knot 180 degrees so it will cinch down above the knot and against the standing line, not onto the knot itself. Check out this next picture to see what I mean.
THIS is what the knot should look like after you do that little flip of the loop. Everything should now be in proper proportion, with your little loop approximately the same size as your beginning overhand knot, and everything is still loose and open. This is the point where you now lubricate the knot, and then tighten everything down to the final knot, pulling on all ends equally. Be sure to use a fingertip if needed to keep the flipped up end loop in place when tightening. Everything should lock into place and cinch down together in a single process.
This is the correct way to tie the Palomar, and knot testing will show you that when tied this way, the knot will be much stronger than if you simply tighten it as most illustrations show and have the loop cinched down somewhere over the overhand knot down near the line tie. If you haven't been tying your Palomars this way, then you've been giving up knot strength with this knot. When tied this way, this knot becomes quite possibly the best all-around knot you can use in all line materials, mono/copoly, fluorocarbon and braids/superlines. It is the only direct connect knot I've been using for the past 30 years.
After 30 years of prying open split rings with my thumbnails to change/replace hooks, I finally broke down and bought a good pair of split ring pliers to try. Man, what a fool I've been all these years :) Certainly one of the best $15 investments I've ever made in tackle. The pair I got came from Texas Tackle via Tackle Warehouse, and they are as good as they claim. I got the small size, and it works great on #2, #3 and #4 split rings. Changed out a bunch of hooks and bad rings this week, and will never be without again. If you don't have a pair, seriously consider picking this set up.
No matter which version of the initial 2014-2015 Winter Outlook you look at, it doesn't seem to help, as they're all calling for at least a normal winter, if not a repeat of last year. Hopefully, we don't end up with a shortened fall fishing season, and more importantly, it would be nice if they all ended up wrong.
My niece and I got out on the lake for the second time this weekend. Had a great time and caught a lot of fish. This time we brought the video camera along. Hopefully you were able to take a kid out fishing this summer. They grow up fast, but the memories will last a lifetime.