The value of a “kicker” bass cannot be overestimated in any bass tournament. Some of the better fishermen actually plan their day around a kicker. Some catch a limit of bass and then go for a kicker. Some believe that a bigger bass can be caught in the morning and start their day with a bait they hope will bring the big strike. My attitude is the later. Therefore, “spots’ are before patterns.
On Lake Lashaway, the final MassB.A.S.S. Classic Team Trail qualifier, on July 20th, a kicker meant the difference between winning and going home without 1st Place money. Matt Szczoczarz and Josh Wunschel caught a 4.19 largemouth. What difference did it make? They had 10.93 total weight. Eli Delaney and I had 10.40. Everyone limited, and after the four of us the remaining teams averaged 7.92 pounds for 5 fish. Was the bite off? No. Most of us caught 20 plus keepers. The big fish were not hitting and we were culling ounces.
The Top 5 Teams going to the TOC on the Agawam River on September 21st:
- 1st …. Chip Servant & Josh Cotier…………. 794 points
- 2nd … Matt Szczoczarz & Josh Wunschel…. 790
- 3rd…. Jim Moorey & Jack Moorey………… 785
- 4th…. Ray Lentine & Eli Delaney………….. 783
- 5th…. Matt Klinker & Dusty Chaulk………. 778
The winning team at the TOC is going to Florida for the Classic Team Championship. The winner there goes on to The World Series of Bass Fishing: The BassMaster Classic.