Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Illinois River, Benton County, Arkansas, June 4th, 2011: Competed in Riverbassin. paddle fishing tournament for first time
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I got a chance to compete in first every kayak fishing tournament for the riverbassin' tournament trail , which made a stop in Fayetteville, Arkansas. I really did not due too well on this tournament this time. I originally had kayaked the day before on the White River just south of Beaver Lake, but at the last minute I changed my strategy and fished the Illinois River, a much swifter, colder river than the White River at that point. I am not really sure if that affected the outcome or not....I do have to say that the river as absolutly beautiful, as the video below will show. I got some great shots and really challenged myself as a kayaker and sometimes that is just as important as getting on fish....except when you are fishing a tournament!
I think the biggest mistake I made was not bringing some full sized spinner baits with grubs as trailers. I have caught some huge smallmouths in the past with that lure, and for some reason or another, I did not included in my tackle box. My concept was throw hula grubs on stand-up gigs (Chompers plastics)...no go on this run.
Here is what is cool about fishing the rivers and lakes from a kayak- you always are learning new things. A few days later I tore it up based on some of the lessons I learned on this outing. Life is good :) Watch the video below- I think you will dig it!
Flow (cfs): 1100
Guage Height: 6.5'