Andrew Quillen (Fort Wayne) and Dan Brock (Churubusco) fished a steep bank that led into a big spawning flat to catch 12.43 pounds and win the R&B Open on Lake Manitou on a blustery day.
The winners ($250) said the fish were just beginning to pull up on the flat where they fished traditional lures, like lipless crankbaits, blade baits and jigs but only the jig produced a keeper early. Shortly after, the jerkbait caught fire. The key was fishing it slow and lazy. They milked that stretch for all it would give up and caught 22 keepers throughout the day. They never caught a short fish.
Ron Fabiszak (South Bend) and Jason Fowler (South Bend) sorted through 10 keepers to pare down to an 11.51-pound limit and finish second ($130).
They focused their efforts in submerged grass between 5-6 feet of water with bladed jigs made by Kevin Fletcher. They had their limit by 9:30. They key was a "super slow" retrieve.
Mark Farver (Goshen) and Steve Kline (Albion) brought a 9.20-pound limit to grab third place ($80). Their fish were caught on umbrella rigs and lipless crankbaits in 10 feet of water.
Jake Wyatt and Bobby Nelson (Fulton) won the big bass pot ($130) with a 4.30-pound largemouth.
For more information about the regular season R&B Circuit and its divisions, visit www.randbbasscircuit.com.