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    I fished this torunament with Eddie Griggs this weekend. He called me and asked if I wanted to fish it and I said heck yea. I had fished the Chick on Firday with Fish 4-5 and we caught a limit but it was tough. I had at least a little idea of what we may could do. Eddie had a game plan and we ran up river first thing. It was cold and breezy and took a little while for our hands to warm up. First spot didn't produce so we moved up and fish some pads. Water was pretty high. Eddie said "wonder if they will hit on top" and threw a topwater swim bait. He had one hit it but it just grabbed the tail. That at least told us we might could catch them on top. We proceeded down the bank and I hit keeper #1 on a Spro frog. Ice was broken. (speaking of ice... it was drizzling and I thought it may sleet it felt so cold). We hit a couple more spots up river and only had a short fish so we started heading down to catch the end of the outgoing tide. We hit spot after spot on the way with nothing. It was a painfully slow morning. We ended up in a lower creek and were making repeated casts to a couple logs. We were throwing plastic worms and Eddie catches keeper #2. Little guy but a keeper. I switched to a crankbait an nail one on the first cast but he comes off at the boat. Small one. Next cast bang another one and we have keeper #3. Another little guy. After that it slowed again so we decide to run again. Working our way back up river I told Eddie lets hit a creek I've done well in in the past. We start at the mouth and work our way in. Eddie bangs keeper #4 on a worm and it's a good one. Little further down I bang keeper #5 on a shakey head. Another good one. So now we have a limit and really need to cull 2. I told Eddie it's time to get serious and I switch to my favorite plastic. The babybrushhog. We continue to the mouth of the creek and see some bait busting on the point. I toss the bbh by the bait fish and thump... set the hook and it's a toad. Thought it was a striper when it took off. Then it jumped and I saw it was a bass. I told Eddie "it's a giant" and I think we both got nervous. LOL It runs under the boat, stripping drag and then we get it in the net. Was a really cool moment. We're high 5'n... was a nice kicker fish and a great cull. We fish the creek up and back one more time then move again. Pull in another creek Eddie knows and he bangs 2 keepers on the finesse worm and culls the little guy with a nice fish. So at this point time is running out and we think we may have about 13 lbs. We start thinking of where we can catch another kicker. Hit a few spots and nothing. We fished another creek and caught 3 more that didn't help. Finally we went back to the creek where the 3 goods ones came from and couldn't get bit. Felt like we needed another good one but we had what we had. Get to the weigh in and Kelly Pratt weighs their fish and they have 12.90. Big fish was 3.54 and I knew we had the big fish beat but thought it was going to be close to beat Kelly and Richard's total weight. Richard watches Eddie put the fish in the bag and says we have 14 easy. We're not sure about that. We take them to the scales and weigh the big one first. It weighs 5.20 which is better than we thought. Put 5 on the scales and they weigh 14.84 and we win the tx.

    Was an awesome day in some tough conditions. It's the first time Eddie and I have actually fished together even though we've been friends a long time. We just toughed it out and were lucky to end up in the right place at the right time and got the fish in the boat we needed. We probably caught 10 keepers total and a few shorts. Most of the fish we caught were in the last 3 hours of the tounament. We knew it would be a tough day and we both said lets just have fun today. Was a great time spent on the water and I appreciate Eddie inviting me to go! Here's a picture of the big one for the day. When I saw it jump I thought it was a 6+. LOL

    Last edited by Big E; 10-04-2011, 08:23 PM.
    Eric

    2004 Fishers of Men VA-East Division Champions

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    Nice work big E!
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    • #3
      nice job E
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      • #4
        Good job Big E!!
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        • #5
          Nice job on a tough day Eric, like that Chic pig!
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          • #6
            Congrats to you and Eddie!

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            • #7
              Great Job E and great fish.

              That's a pretty nice audible from the opening day hunt you had planned.
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              • #8
                great job E.....awesome.....
                cheers,
                Steve

                2011/2013 St Jude's Charity Tournament Champion
                Bass East Big Bass Challenge winner of 11-12 and 12-1 hours.

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                • #9
                  nice big e
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                  • #10
                    awesome Eric- congrats out to you and Eddie
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                    • #11
                      Congrats E. That's a big fish and darn good bag. Those bbhs are great in the tide.
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                      • #12
                        Congrats to both E's..........great job
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                          Rednecks Unite! Hahaha...Well done fellas!
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                          • #14
                            Way to go Eric!!!
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                            • #15
                              Great job Eric still looking forward on hitting the river with you.
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