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Ready for a Grind at the Chesapeake

Posted by stephen on August 12, 2015

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(Photo: James Overstreet)

Well, it’s time to put on the boxing gloves and go duke it out tomorrow.  To sum up my practice in one word, it was horrible.  The good thing is that it’s going to be the same for everybody and honestly I’m looking forward to the event.  These tough events where you are only getting a few bites a day are right in my wheelhouse.


I came up here last August between tournaments and the fishing was way different than it is now.  The first couple days of this practice featured real high water and some ultra tough conditions.  Thankfully, today that north wind blew the water back out and the levels seem to be normal.  To be honest, I don’t know how much it’ll help, but I can assure you that it can’t hurt.

My first day of practice I had five bites, the second I only had one, and today I managed another five bites with a shorter fishing day.  Day two I was wanting to lock through and go up to the Delaware; it was that tough.  Today, I feel pretty good.  With the shortened day, being able to get five bites seems reassuring.  The other good thing from practice is feeling like the bites I did have were the right ones.  Some big ones do live here and they will be the X-factor in the event.  In our past events here, ten to twelve pounds a day was real good.  If I can get a few of those three pound plus bites each day, I should have a chance to make some noise.

The weather looks like it’s going to be mild and stable so the fishing shouldn’t change too much.  I feel like it’s all going to be about hunkering down in a few areas where you got a bite or two and grinding them out in this one.  If I can bear down in some of the right areas and get some tide that they’ll bite on, I should be able to come in with five.  I feel if I can do that this week, I’ve done my job.