Lawson Tilghman Blog – “Crazy Time of Year for Me & the Bass!”
This blog will be published while I am on the water fishing the High School World Finals on Pickwick out of Florence, AL.
I have really been looking forward to this event for a couple of months now. I am fishing with Cort Walker and we are representing Tennessee Hardin County High School. Lance Walker is our boat captain, and we are hoping to have a great tournament.
This last month has been a month full of fishing.
I recently returned from Lake El Salto, Mexico filming with Joe Thomas and the Outdoor Channel. We had a great time and caught a lot of fish. I’m looking forward to seeing how that show turns out.
I fished the BFL on Kentucky Lake and finished 17thwith 11-14. That was a really great tournament for me.
Shimano has some great new products coming out in a couple week at ICAST. Earlier this month I spent some time filming with some of the new products in Georgia. I can’t say too much, but let’s just say, high school anglers- there is something coming for you.
Another highlight for me was the FLW Costa on Lake Barkley. During practice I thought it could be won on just one spot. There were close to 300 boats, and I realized how tight it was going to be trying to fish the ledges and fight for a spot. I told myself in practice, I should find an off the wall spot and fish away from everybody so I wouldn’t have to worry about anyone around me or have anyone pull up on me. On the last day of practice, I made a run way down the lake and spent some time fishing. It was like a ghost town down there- just a couple crappie fishermen and some carp fishermen. I searched around, looked over and said to myself, I’m gonna go graph this point over here and see if I can find anything. Up to that time, I didn’t have any spots with really good fish. I felt like I could catch a limit, but it wasn’t really a big limit. It was late in the day when I pulled up on the point just before I was about to go in. I saw some fish, so I fished it a little. I didn’t catch anything but had some good bites, so I added that spot on my list to try.
Fast forward to tournament day. I had an early boat draw. I thought this was for sure going to be a morning bite, because once the sun gets up the fish get real weird. They don’t want anything moving. I knew I had to use my time wisely to catch them. I pulled up to my first spot and caught a keeper after 30 minutes, but after that catch, I couldn’t get them to fire up again. I knew I had to make a move while it was still morning. So, I made the decision to head to the point where I saw fish in practice. When I got there, it was like something you see in a movie. The fish were taking off with every cast. It was for sure a God thing. I was down there by myself all day seeing only one boat. I was able to catch 17-2 off that spot on day one. On day 2 I had a later boat number, so I was worried I would probably only have an hour to make it happen. I went straight to the spot and started fishing. I fished for 2 hours and caught three. I moved around a little and spent about an hour trying other stuff but I just had to go back to the spot because I thought maybe they would be pulled up a little more on the spot. I ran over it with my graph and saw three, but I didn’t think I could get them to bite. About that time a barge headed down the river. I made my cast out and my line hit the bottom. While the barge was going by, my line took off. I thought to myself, this is either current or a really big fish. I set the hook and reeled in a 4.5. On my next cast, I caught another one to get my limit of 18-13. I didn’t catch any more fish that day and missed the top 10 the cut by 1lb. 3oz but finished 14th. What an exciting tournament!
Hopefully we have a great finish at the High School World Finals. After that I will be headed to ICAST to work in the new product showcase, lead some seminars and work the show.
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EDITORS NOTE: Lawson and Sort are leading the Tennessee Team in the World Finals High School Tournament on Pickwick Lake. All Weights are zeroed as of Today (Friday) – Top 20 fish on Saturday.