Brandon Johnson, Costa Series Rookie explains his day 1 on Lake Okeechobee and his game plan for day 2
Any Rookie who steps into the professional fishing game has this goal in mind when opening day of the tournament season comes across the calendar. â€œIâ€™m just trying to survive,â€ was the statement left on my voicemail as Costa Series Rookie Brandon Johnson of Kentucky was finishing up rigging his tackle after day 1 of the Lake Okeechobee season Opener.
â€œAnytime you are in Florida in January, itâ€™s a wild card. One big bite means the world here and it only takes that big bite to change your luck and outcome.â€ According to Johnson, he caught a large number of fish, around 20 to be exact on day 1 of his pro career, the problem? The 5 he weighed accumulated just over 7 pounds. Leaving him mid-pack and a few pounds shy of check range after day 1.
â€œIâ€™m fishing matted hydrilla around some of the boat lanes, the hydrilla has been chopped up some and there are long stretches of it. Iâ€™ve got two rods on the deck and thatâ€™s all I will have on the deck when I set out for day two.â€ said Johnson.
Flipping a Gambler BB Cricket on a 1-1/2 ounce Tungsten weight, Johnson is punching what he calls â€œchoppedâ€ hydrilla as he feels it holds a little more heat than other, thicker, hydrilla. â€œThe fish seem to be using this hydrilla more and more and its evident by the number of fish I caught. I know I am in the right area and bigger fish live here. Hopefully I can get them to play and make them famous on Day 2.â€ Johnson is also using a Speedworm to follow up on missed bites or when a moving bait comes into play. Both setups are on Team 13 Fishing rod and reel outfits.
Johnson will have a longer day 2 as he leaves the dock boat 215. The forecasted weather is not looking favorable for the competitors today, Johnson included. 30mph winds, thunderstorms and hail are forecasted. According to Johnson, â€œIts going to be an interesting day, my goal is to catch a limit early, stay safe and just try and survive out there, the rest of the schedule is very favorable to me and if I can get out of Florida without digging myself into too deep of a hole I should be okay.â€
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Photo Credit: Mikey Balzz