Todd and Edie Wilkinson caught the only limit to win the Starboard Choice Big Bass Challenge on the St. Joseph River at Constantine Sunday.
The winners had 7 pounds, 15 ounces caught on a toad, Texas-rigged craw and a jig in 8 feet of water.
Top finishers in the Arjay’s Weeknight Circuit event at Coldwater Lake last week made it a family affair.
The tournament drew 22 boats and four of the top five teams consisted of family members.
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FLORENCE, Ala. — A strong start plus a strong finish was the formula for Koby Kreiger to lead Day 1 of the Guaranteed Rate Bassmaster Elite at Pickwick Lake.
The veteran pro from Alva, Fla., caught a five-bass limit that weighed 25 pounds, 12 ounces.
“I caught a 6-6 pretty early this morning on a balsa Wee Bait in the silver shad color and I kept that bait in my hand until I caught my limit,” Kreiger said. “It took me a little while to do it, but I got zeroed in on some stuff.”
Working mostly in the 7-Mile Island area, downstream from the tournament’s McFarland Park takeoff, Kreiger targeted rocks and current seams. With Pickwick’s water level swollen by Wednesday’s major storm, Kreiger said he sought to dial in the strike zone relevant to the fluctuating water conditions.
“The current seams may be 5 feet off the bank today and tomorrow, they may be 20 feet off the bank,” he said. “I don’t like for the water to be too muddy because I’m throwing little bitty baits, so I want them to be able to see it.”
Around 2 o’clock, Kreiger relocated to a different part of the lake. He kept his cards low on the particulars, but he noted that the changing conditions likely triggered an opportunity.
“I just went and tried something that hadn’t worked at all in practice, but it worked today,” he said.
“My first limit weighed 19 or 20 pounds and then I told my marshal ‘I need to go catch some big ones.’ I caught two big ones late and jumped another one off. I had a couple more chances to maybe have an even bigger bag, but it was a great start to the tournament.”
We may be in mid-March, but it’s time to get the boats out of winter storage and tune up the tackle.
The fishin’ season is upon us.
All of Michiana’s lakes are open and early-bird anglers were catching fish during last week’s warm-up.
And the best is yet to come.
“It’s only going to get better now that the ice is gone,” said Brian Hensley at Clear H2o Tackle in Edwardsburg. “We’ve got cooler weather this week, but there is still movement and feeding activity.”
That’s especially true of perch, crappie and bass. Some bluegills are being caught, but perch are crappie are the first to move shallow.