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Looking to Get it Done at Dardanelle

Posted by stephen on May 31, 2017

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We made it here to Dardanelle Sunday evening after a short two hour drive.  This one is basically in the backyard which really is nice with all of the traveling that’s coming up on the Northern swing.  I unpacked my son Beau’s gear after captaining for his BASS High School event and packed up the Triton with all of my favorite river fishing gear.  Beau ended up in fourth place which he was pretty disappointed about.  They take the top two kids to Nationals and he really wanted to qualify.  On the bright side, after winning the Junior Championship last year, he and his partner will get to go defend their title in the Junior Championship again so it’s not a total loss. 

The northern portion of our Elite Series tour will be coming up after Dardanelle and I’ve been spending a lot of time trying to gear up.  It’s going to be quite the switch up after the events we’ve already had to this point.  We’ll be switching over a lot of the heavier stuff for most of the events for some finesse fishing and smallmouth bass. 

June through July are looking to be pretty busy months.  I’ll be captaining Beau again at a couple more high school events at Pickwick and Kentucky Lake along with fishing the next BASS Central Open at the Sabine, getting in the meat of our northern swing, and going to ICast.  After looking at the schedule, it looks like we’ll be home for a total of ten days in that time period.  It’s definitely going to be a whirlwind couple months and also very important ones that will determine how the rest of the season goes. 

We’re ready to get this one kicked off here at Dardanelle.  I’m kind of excited this one is so close to the house.  I don’t get to fish it much anymore, but when I was working my way up the chain, I would fish it a couple times a year.  It’s a place I’ve seen a good amount and feel pretty good about.  It reminds me a lot of the lower Arkansas River that I grew up fishing.  I kind of like it here and would consider it one of the better pools on the whole river system. 

Right now we’ve got a lot of flow on the river.  The Oklahoma portions of the river have received a lot of rainfall and we’re seeing the effects here at Dardanelle.  The river is muddy and because of that, it is probably going to fish pretty small.  I would expect a handful of backwaters to be a factor in this one while the main river being relatively out of the equation. 

Despite heavy flow and muddy water, the fishing seems to be pretty good.  The local events have been taking about seventeen to eighteen pounds a day to win.  For a June derby, that’s some good weights and I expect much of the same for this one.  This one will all be about fishing the moment.  I don’t think this is one where one particular pattern will be the best.  Put eight to ten rods on the deck and go figure them out each day in this one. 

After a couple rough events at Rayburn and Toledo Bend I’m ready to get this thing turned around.  -SB