Well folks here we are at the start of a new year, we hope everyone is ready for some good fun fishing and fellowship. We would like to Welcome our New officers.
President: Mike Parsley
Secretary / Treasurer: Chris Mitchell
Tournament Director: Anthony Eldridge
Please make sure to Thank them for their Service, also please remember all Dues are due now an you can pre-pay for tournament entry fees if you wish.
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With the start of the 2015 tournament seasons just around the corner, members of the Middle Tennessee Bass Anglers are preparing for the first tournament of the year at Tims Ford. Historically for MTBA anglers Tims Ford has produced a mixed bag of largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass with some heavy limits of fish weighed every year.
Looking at the forecasted weather for the week leading up to the tournament this year I believe we have the all the ingredients needed for a high weight shootout. The rain last week has brought the water temps on a steady rise and with another week of warm days and nights, the smallmouth in particular should be headed towards the pockets and shallow flats to begin scouting out potential bedding areas. Chances are the majority of the fish will still be pre spawn meaning fat and healthy fish pulling up by the day as they make their annual migration from their wintering grounds towards spawning areas. There should be fish scattered throughout the water column and in all phases of the pre spawn offering anglers many different options and patterns to choose from. It’s easy for anglers to over look the ultra shallow bite, even on clear water, thinking the fish will be pulled off or tucked deep inside cover trying to get out of the sun. It’s not uncommon to find fish in the early pre spawn up in just inches of water roaming around looking to feed up and thinking about spawning. Warmer water around the shallow rock often times jumpstarts the food chain by prompting crayfish and other bait to become more active which offers an easy meal for cruising fish. With that being said I think it would be a mistake to completely overlook the deep bite as there will be large groups of fish still hanging out deep.
With Tims Ford being an excellent pattern lake, the angler that’s able to figure it out should be able to run the lake and fish a specific pattern. Every year it seems a different pattern then the year before dominates the leader board. Over the last several years the winners have primarily relied on moving baits like crankbaits, spinnerbaits or jerkbaits to catch the majority of fish with jigs and Carolina rigs catching fish as well.
Hopefully with the warmer water temperatures and the steady weather pattern leading up to the tournament this year, anglers will bring to the scales big bags full of healthy fish. I look for multiple limits of fish being weighed consisting of both largemouth and smallmouth. Good luck to all and we will see you on the water!
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