Day 1: 20lbs, 15ozs
Pattern – Fishing the Backwaters around lily pads. Todd believes the fish could have been bedding in there but he was not sight fishing them. Just blind casting the bait around the pads.
Key Equipment – Strike King Finesse Worm, Strike King 3/16 oz tungsten weight, with 30 lb Sunline SX-1 braided line and a Castaway 7 Mag Medium Heavy rod.
Day 2: 12lbs, 4ozs
Pattern – Started the day out the same as day 1, fishing the backwaters with a worm. Eventually switched to site fishing and caught a few small bucks. The biggest fish (approx. 5 lbs) came late in the day flipping.
Key Equipment – Flipping equipment was a Strike King Black and Blue Rodent with a 1/2 oz Strike King Tungsten weight. The rod was a Castaway 7’6″ Flipping rod and Shimano Chronarch reel was lined with Sunline 20-pound shooter
Day 3: 23lbs, 12 ozs
Pattern – Started the day near his first starting spot on day 1, but moved out a bit. He fished the vibrating jig and had his entire weight by 10AM.
Key Equipment – The rod was key for the Strike King Pure Poison vibrating jig. Todd used his Castaway Signature Series Triple threat rod and a Shimano Chronarch 6:1 reel line with 20-pound Sunline Shooter. Todd used a variety of soft plastic trailers, mostly in green pumpkin.
Day 4: 27lbs, 11 oz.
Pattern – Todd started the day in the same area as he did in day three. He got off to a good start with a 7-pound bass, a 2-pounder and a 3-pounder first thing in the morning. From there the bite died and he caught nothing until about 10:30 when he went to make move to the backwaters to fill his limit. Upon attempting to get into the back waters he realized the water had dropped and he couldn’t get back in there. He then moved to a spot where he had one bite during practice. The spot was only a few hundred yards from the spot he started the morning on. He caught fish on nearly every cast for the next 15-minutes. All the fish were solid with the smallest being 3.5-pounds. When he left the spot he had a 6, two 5’s, a 4+ and the 7-pound fish he started the day with.
The rod was key for the Strike King Pure Poison vibrating jig. Todd used his Castaway Signature Series Triple threat rod and a Shimano Chronarch 6:1 reel line with 20-pound Sunline Shooter. Todd used a variety of soft plastic trailers, mostly in green pumpkin.
Todd is happy with his start to the season in second place. “Lake Seminole is a great place and its full of big fish. I hope we get to come back here sometime soon.”
Todd reports running about 30-miles each way on every day of the tournament. “It wasn’t a long run, but it was a fairly sketchy run. There is a lot of stuff in the water and the weather made for pretty rough water. The Skeeter and Yamaha SHO handled it very well and made fairly difficult runs comfortable and safe.”
Next up for Todd: St. John’s River, Florida