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Nydegger Nails ’em on LOZ

Camdenton, Missouri – The first stop on the MoYak Kayak Bass Trail Series found 104 of us on a windy and muddy Lake of the Ozarks. April showers had an effect on water clarity but that didn’t stop one of MoYak’s newest anglers, rookie Troy Nydegger, from dropping over 90″ on the board and taking the win!

Lance Irwin and Chris Moyher of Team Purler Performance 2.0 grabbed their first team victory of the year. Their six bass tallied 99″ – beating out Shane Coon and Tyler Myers of Team AAFC by 2.25″.
Team AAFC’s bag was anchored by Shane Coon’s 21.75″ beast which won Big Bass honors on the Solo side.

Here are your top ten for the 2024 MoYak Stop #1 Lake of the Ozarks presented by Eco Fishing Shop.

Troy Nydegger – 92.25″
Corey Jackson – 90.75″
Tyler Cokely – 86.25″
John Stickley – 85″
Robert Swearngin – 83.25″
John Denton – 83″
Lance Irwin – 83″
Corey Sims – 82.25″
Spencer O’Neal – 81.75″
Patrick Troutman – 81.50″

Let’s take a closer look at the top five finishers and hear how they solved the puzzle on LOZ in their own words:

What was your strategy going into the day?

Troy – The strategy was just to target boat docks.
Corey – I have fished Lake of the Ozarks in the spring for as long as I can remember. This tournament was all about locating the large females and where they were relative to spawning areas. I’ve always had good luck throwing a jig this time of year and this tournament was no different. When the conditions got too windy, I just grabbed my spinnerbait and found the closest structure.
Tyler – Just simply go fishing. Don’t be set on what I want to catch them on. Just let the fish tell me what they want.
John – I haven’t had a lot of time on the water this season between work and family life and had planned this weekend as a way to recharge. With that mindset, tournament results weren’t terribly important, so I was just looking forward to a great day on the water and putting as many bass in the yak as I possibly could. If some good ones happened to show up, all the better!
Robert – I had a certain size of rock that I was looking for.  I felt like if I could stay on the right size and type of rock, I would be able to put together a solid limit of fish.

Were you able to prefish and did you find anything that helped you on game day?

Troy – We drove down from KC on Friday morning and started fishing around 10:30 AM. I found that there were some smaller males biting behind the boat docks (between the bank and the docks), but didn’t really find any larger females in practice.
Corey – No prefish
Tyler – No prefishing. Left the house at 2 am and went straight to the boat ramp.
John – Prefishing Friday went great. I didn’t catch anything huge, but had over 30 fish in the eight hours I was on the water with the big five going somewhere just north of 75 inches. Everything that worked for me in prefishing produced again on tournament day, except that there were some bigger fish mixed in with the 12-14″ bass that were everywhere.
Robert – Yes.  I was able to figure out a pattern very quickly that I felt good about.  I caught a 17″ in the first 5 minutes of pre-fishing and was able to find a lot of similar locations and caught fish on most of them.

What was your best finish at LOZ before this?

Troy – First LOZ tournament.
Corey – I finished the last two LOZ Moyak events (Solo series & Winter series) with 81″.
Tyler – 6th place in the first Eco Shops Big Bass 250
John – Lake of the Ozarks has been good to me in the few times I’ve been here before. I was fortunate enough to take 4th in my first MoYak event here in 2021.
Robert – I won the last tournament at LOZ, the Moyak Winter Series stop #4 while having the flu.

What was the general tackle you used on game day?

Troy – All of my fish were caught on a black and blue 1/2 oz jig.
Corey – Almost all my fish were caught on a jig and a spinnerbait.
Tyler – Started the day throwing spinner baits and square bills and glide baits only finding fish in the 11-13” range. Found a better quality fish on the new PB&J Kyle Hall Crock-o-Gator jig and decided to keep throwing it for the next couple of docks then return to the moving baits in the wind but they just kept thumping the jig the entire day.
John – I caught good fish on a Spro RkCrawler, and used finesse fishing techniques for the remainder (shaky head and Neko rig). No Ned rig this go around!
Robert – The most beat-up, old-school wiggle wart in my tackle box.

How far did you have to travel to find your fish?

Troy – I was pretty much within eyesight of the boat ramp the whole day. Fished in the Grand Glaize arm.
Corey – I had to travel about 4.5 miles (without a motor) to my spot. I was fishing in the Osage Arm of the lake.
Tyler – Never had to travel really far. Found some areas I just bounced back and forth on and fish were moving in.
John – I covered about 8 miles of water, but most of that was going back and forth over about a 1.5-mile section of docks just off the main lake. Close enough to big water to keep my eyes peeled for the big boats, but not far enough out that I had to worry about them too much.
Robert – I fished both sides of the lake from Pa He Tsi to the 54 bridge and back.

What depth range were you looking for (what was your water temp/clarity)?

Troy – The water was very muddy, which I was originally concerned about, but the fish didn’t seem to care. Temps ranged from 52-57 throughout the day. I was typically fishing in 1′-4′ of water. Super shallow.
Corey – I was looking for structure in about 6-8 ft of water. Water clarity varied a lot, but most 2-4 ft.
Tyler – All of my fish came from in between the dock and the shoreline. Skipping the jig up under the cables targeting shade under the walkways. I was fishing clear water.
John – Most of my fish came in the 6-15′ range. The water seemed super clear (at least to this northwest Missouri guy that thinks 3′ is pretty amazing), with temps in the 52-54 degree range.
Robert – 5 to 8 feet always seems to be a key depth when throwing a wart.  I did my best to stay in that depth.  Water temp ranged from 53 to 56 depending on the time of day and visibility of 1 1/2 to 2 feet.  There was a nasty mud line just above PB2 that blew on to some of the areas I was fishing later in the afternoon.

Did you lose any fish that would have made a difference or do you have a story to tell about your biggest bass of the day?

Troy – I did lose one that was around the 5-pound range right next to my kayak that I thought was going to cost me the tournament. She shook off just as I tried to net her and I about went into the water trying to lunge for her! It would have culled a 13″. It took me until about 2:45 to finally cull that last fish, with a 14.75″.
Corey – I had a really clean day of fishing, but I lost one fish that might have helped me an inch or two.
Tyler – I fished really clean only losing one good fish probably around the 18” mark. I did have the craziest catch I’ve ever had from my kayak. Hooked into a 17” fish that got wrapped up in brush so I sat and played him for a few minutes when he never freed himself I started pulling and the whole brush pile started coming up…. Somehow I was able to pull the entire pile up grab the fish and break the line letting the brush pile fall back to the bottom of the lake!!
John – Thankfully I was able to fish pretty cleanly, and only lost a couple small fish all day. Nothing that mattered.
As for stories, I’ve gotta admit that I enjoyed outfishing some of the tournament guys who kept passing me by all day. I had one glitter rocket crowd me a bit on a point I was preparing to fish, so landing a couple of keeper fish right in front of them was pretty sweet. I’m pretty sure that’s one of every kayak fishermen’s guilty pleasures.
Robert – I fished pretty clean, I did hook something right at the end of the day that made 2 super hard pulls and broke my wart off.  I was fairly certain it was a drum and not a bass.  I was more upset about losing the wart than the fish.  As far as my big fish goes, I was doing a lot of point hopping.  I was almost to a point and a bass boat rushed in and cut me off by about 30 yards.  I could hear them cussing about all of the kayaks when I caught my 20.00″ right behind them!

See any wildlife worth mentioning?

Troy – Bald eagles
Corey – Spotted a river otter, red fox, and a lot of Pileated Woodpeckers
Tyler – Just some wild drunks swimming….
John – Aside from a couple eagles and an osprey, there was a group of humans hanging out on a dock that were pretty entertaining. LOZ man… it’s something else.
Robert – There was a bald eagle I saw on Friday that I got a couple good pictures and videos of.

What are your tournament fishing plans for 2024?

Troy – I plan on fishing a few more MOYAK Series tournaments and some KKA tournaments. Not sure if I will get to any of the National level tournaments this year (Hobie, KBF, etc)
Corey – I plan on fishing as many Moyak events as I can, but with my wedding being in early summer, I already can’t fish Stockton and Truman.
Tyler – Going to try and win the river AOY for the second year in a row,  then fish what lake events I’m able to this year I’m going to be building a house and will be busy!
John – My top goal every year with tournament fishing is to qualify for the All-American Classic. I won’t be able to fish enough events with any local club to be in the running for AOY this year, so I decided to focus on All American Kayak Series events this year with a couple of MoYak and other local events along the way.
Robert – I’m going to try to fish all of the Moyak tournaments.  Probably a few of the Western Missouri Kayak tournaments.  I’m most excited about the All-American Classic on Truman next month.  Anyone who knows me knows that Truman is my favorite lake and the Classic is during my favorite time of the year.  I am looking forward to that more than anything.

Do you have any sponsor or personal shout-outs you’d like to give?

Troy – No sponsors, but I’ll shout out my travel partner for the weekend, Kyle Savner. It was his idea to go fish that area of the lake!
Corey – Always a thanks to my family and the man upstairs.
Tyler – Eco fishing shops for always taking care of all my kayak needs.
John – You bet. I’m proudly sponsored by the bank account my employer deposits checks into every two weeks and by my family which reminds me that it’s okay to spend a little bit of that on myself fishing every now and then. Special thanks to my wife Nancy, who has been my biggest encourager for nearly 25 years.

I’d also like to give a huge shout-out to my unofficial fan club, the awesome college anglers from the Northwest Fishing Club! Looking forward to supporting your benefit event on April 20th, the Spring Bearcat Classic: https://tourneyx.com/leaderboard/standings/spring-bearcat-classic. (That’s open to everyone, so if you’re looking for a fun event to fish in northwest Missouri, come fish with us at Pony Express Lake here in a couple of weeks!)
Robert – A big thank you to Ellis Battery in Ozark Mo.  They have been helping me out with some batteries this year.  I couldn’t have fished in the conditions I did for 3 days without some good power.

Derby Stats
Anglers 104
Fish caught – 546 (FPA – 5.25)
Total limits – 61 (59%)
Margin of victory – 1.5″
Twenty+ Club – Troy Nydegger (21.5″, 20″) Corey Jackson (20″) Robert Swearngin (20″), Corey Sims (20.5″), Shane Coon (21.75″)
Trash Pot – Robert Swearngin – 20″ Drum
Smallest Bass Award – Andrew Leotaud 8.75″
Air temp at launch – 33
Air temp at takeout – 71
Water temps reported – Low to Mid 50s

Enke Tames the Bull with 90″!

Forsyth, Missouri – With amazing September weather, 4.73 Fish Per Angler, 60% of the field with a limit, and Patrick Bowman’s 21.5″ Big Bass, we finally had a great all-around tournament in 2023. Bull Shoals showed out for Stop #6 of the 2023 MoYak Fishing Series Kayak Bass Trail sponsored by Old Town Kayaks.

After the dust settled, Troy Enke, with 90″, narrowly edged Lance Burris’ last-hour comeback by 3.25″.

Rookie Zachary Woolverton secured yet another top-ten finish and has a 13-point lead in the AOY race. His efforts set the stage for a battle at our final event on Lake of the Ozarks.  Chad Davison and Lance Burris will try to chase the rookie down on their home lake in October.  On the team side, Dorman Hughey and Troy Enke rode Dorman’s pattern to a decisive win over Team Glide or Die (Jake Pruett and Tyler Cokely).

Here are your top ten for the 2023 MoYak Stop #6 Bull Shoals presented by Everhart’s Outdoors.

Troy Enke – 90″
Lance Burris – 86.75″
Cole Armer – 83.25″
Lyle Dube – 82.5″
Pat Lassek – 82.25″
Zachary Woolverton – 81.75″
Jerry Cornelius – 80.25″
Josh Keatts – 79.5″
Michael Sandlin – 78.5″
Patrick Bowman – 78.25″

Let’s take a closer look at the top five finishers and hear how they solved the puzzle on Wappapello in their own words:

What was your strategy going into the day?

  • Troy – Just hope for a limit after hearing all the negative dock talk leading up to the event.
  • Lance – Just start covering water till I started to put something together.
  • Cole – My plan was to cover water and fish channel swings, then fish brush piles in the afternoon.
  • Lyle – My strategy going into the day was to stick with a summer pattern, although the water temps seemed to have dropped pretty dramatically, Fishing steeper rocky main lake banks.
  • Pat – I was hoping for a mid-80s temp on tourney day…well, I got it but the fish weren’t biting.

Were you able to prefish and did you find anything that helped you on game day?

  • Troy – No, I went in blind and leaned on my team partner’s advice.
  • Lance – Did not get time to prefish.
  • Cole – I didn’t get any time to prefish.
  • Lyle – I practiced Friday but very little. I was pretty sure I knew where I wanted to spend my time and didn’t want to beat it up much. Caught a few fish and that definitely gave me confidence for tourney day.
  • Pat – I had a good prefishing day before.

What was the general tackle you used on game day?

  • Troy – Popper with a feathered treble on the back, Mid-sized Plopper in T-1000 color, Spro Bronzeye Frog, and Jackhammer.  Abu-Garcia BlackMax bait casters, 13 Fishing Blackout 7′ M/H rods, TrikFish 20lb Camo Mono (30lb braid on the frog rod).
  • Lance – Kistler 7’3″ mh paired with their 8.1:1 Chromium reel throwing a black and gold CrockOgator buzzbait and a white spook.
  • Cole – Mid-size whopper plopper and a small Yo-zuri popper.
  • Lyle – Throughout the day I mixed in a few different baits to see what I could make work but a 1/2 OZ Jig on a 7’ 6” casting set got all my bites except for one.
  • Pat – Jig and plastic worm.

How far did you have to travel to find your fish?

  • Troy – I began catching fish around 7 a.m. around a mile from the ramp. I covered 8 miles during the day and only had three bites after noon but all were over 15″ and all on the frog on shady bluff banks.
  • Lance – Caught my fish within a quarter mile of the ramp and covered about 5 miles.
  • Cole – I traveled about 2.5 miles from the ramp.
  • Lyle – I did not travel very far at all to find my fish. Never went more than a mile from the ramp I used.
  • Pat – I had about a 30 min pedal to my spot which didn’t matter cause it was still dark for 20 more minutes… During this time, I got hung up twice.

What depth range were you looking for (what was your water temp/clarity)?

  • Troy – I was looking for an all-day topwater bite but I didn’t get one till around 11 a.m. Water temp in the 60’s to start then mid-70s the further down the lake I went. Clarity seemed to change from inches to several feet every 1/4 mile.
  • Lance – Found everything 2-3′ deep by the bank or in the center of the channel blowing up on shad. The water temp was 70 and 6″ to 4′ of clarity.
  • Cole – I ended up catching them in the very backs of pockets, everything being in less than 4ft. Water visibility was 4-5ft and water temp was 80 degrees.
  • Lyle – I was looking for deep banks. Really just pitching the jig up and working it down maybe 12’ before pulling it back. The water was not clear at all. Maybe a foot of visibility, which is comfortable for me.
  • Pat – 3′ to 6′

Was there anything else special about the day?

  • Troy – I was excited to see grass growing so far down the lake. I hope it holds! I caught two limits of fish over 15″ from 7-11 a.m.
  • Lance – Half of my limit came from random blowups throughout the day.
  • Cole – I found a very unique bite. The bass were corralling tiny minnows in the backs of pockets, and the only thing I could get bit on was the popper that looked almost exactly like one of those minnows struggling on the surface. After I figured out that was what was going on, I ran about 8 pockets and caught fish in all of them.
  • Lyle – The only thing really special about my day kind of plays in the next question. The special thing was the amount of bites I was able to get. I did not fish clean through the morning.
  • Pat – Figured out the smallmouth moved in and the largemouth wouldn’t bite that well… I didn’t get my first fish til around 8. I knew the morning bite was done, so I just stuck it out and fished buck brush in 3-6 feet of water with a jig and plastic worm and was able to scrape together a limit of mostly smallmouth.

Did you lose any fish that would have made a difference or do you have a story to tell about your biggest bass of the day?

  • Troy – I fished clean for once and it paid off.  My biggest demolished my frog next to a bluff transition. It all happened so fast that I didn’t have time to get nervous and it jumped next to the boat and then came off in the net after a five-second fight.
  • Lance – Didn’t lose anything, fished pretty clean. The biggest bass of the day came with 20 minutes remaining, blowing up on shad.
  • Cole – I lost one good one that would have culled me up another inch or two. The fish jumped right next to the kayak and went higher than my head. Most acrobatic fish I’ve seen…
  • Lyle – Lost 3 fish I’m certain would have helped. It was extremely frustrating but I kept pitching.
  • Pat – I missed one nice one on a buzz bait in the morning, and that was it. Around mid-day, I was fortunate enough to get a 19.50″ largie to bite.

See any wildlife worth mentioning?

  • Troy – A couple of beavers and several deer.
  • Lance – Saw a wild Dorman in his natural environment.
  • Cole – Saw two nice bucks crossing the road on my way to the ramp.
  • Lyle – No report.
  • Pat – No report.
  • Zachary – No report.

Compared to Beaver, Table Rock, Taneycomo, and Norfork, where would you rank Bull Shoals in the White River chain?

  • Troy – I’d place it third behind Taney and Table Rock.
  • Lance – I would rank Bull Shoals as the top Lake for catching fish there any time of the year with Taneycomo only coming in second because of the size of the bass in that lake.
  • Cole – I love Table Rock, but with all the attention and pressure it’s getting right now, I think Bull Shoals might fly under the radar as the best lake on the chain. Taneycomo is a different animal…
  • Lyle – Bull Shoals is the only lake on the river chain that I’ve fished yet. I’ve had a really great time on the two visits I’ve had and it is beautiful. I look forward to fishing all the lakes in the chain though! I get to fish Table Rock in two weeks!
  • Pat – No report.

What does the rest of your season look like?

  • Troy – I have two MoYak events and the Big Bass 250/Mo Kayak B.A.S.S. Nation event on LOZ then maybe some Moyak winter events.
  • Lance – I’ve got 5 tournaments remaining, the river championship, Bassmaster Susquehanna event, Moyak LOZ, Moyak Championship, and Big Bass 250.
  • Cole – This was probably the last event of the season for me, I’ve got a one-year-old son and another on the way so I’m gonna be busy with dad duty. But I always enjoy fishing with MOYAK when I get the opportunity!
  • Lyle – The rest of my first season is getting short! I’m currently looking at two more events in the next two weekends! A local Kansas City event, the Jackson County Kayak Bass Tournament, and then the KAMO classic on Table Rock.
  • Pat – No report.

Do you have any sponsor or personal shout-outs you’d like to give?

  • Troy – Huge shout-out to Dorman Hughey for putting me on the pattern he found. Thanks to my wife and family, Eco Fishing Shop, and Z-PRO Lithium!
  • Lance – Shoutout to Kistler, their products never fail me. Crock O Gator, EcoFishingShop, Robohawk, Bonafide Kayaks, YakAttack, Ole Blue Tackle, ABC Mowers.
  • Cole – Just a major shout out to my beautiful wife for taking care of our son while I got to go fish!
  • Lyle – I have no sponsors but shout out to my wife Lauren because she lets me get out and learn this stuff and she has been super supportive of all the traveling and being away! She’s the best. And shout out to my brother Adrian! He’s my guy in this and we’ve been having a blast!
  • Pat – None.

Derby Stats
Anglers 62
Fish caught – 293
Total limits – 37 (60%)
Margin of victory – 3.75″
Twenty+ Club – Patrick Bowman (21.25″) Zach Armstrong (20.25″)
Trash Pot – Josiah Rangel – 14″ Walleye
Smallest Bass Award – Chris Moyher 7.25″
Air temp at launch – 65
Air temp at takeout – 82
Water temps reported – Mid 60s to mid 80s

Swearngin Wins on Wappapello

Lake Wappapello, Missouri – Stop #5 of the 2023 MoYak Fishing Series Kayak Bass Trail sponsored by Old Town Kayaks saw just 43 anglers on a steamy Saturday in August. Heat indices over 120 degrees tested even the toughest of our club during the week leading up to the event and they didn’t get much relief on game day.  If the heat didn’t get you the bugs did as the local Dollar General reported record sales of mosquito repellant and sunscreen.

The fish-per-angler ratio of 3.70 was the lowest we’ve seen in any trail series tournament to date.  To make matters worse, less than half the field caught a limit and we only saw one bass over 19.25″.

Robert Swearngin came away with the victory by catching 88.5″, beating out Josh Keatts by 3.75″.  The ROY year race got even tighter as rookie sensation Zachary Woolverton’s 11th place finish helped close the gap on Chad Davison who managed Big Bass honors again by catching a 21.5″ Wappapello unicorn.  On the team side, Slap that bass, consisting of Robert Swearngin and Perry Burton came away as victors.

Here are your top ten for the 2023 MoYak Stop #5 Wappapello presented by Everhart’s Outdoors.

Robert Swearngin – 88.5″
Josh Keatts – 84.75″
Lance Burris – 80″
Micah Funderburgh – 76.5″
Joe Hayes – 74″
Anthony Brown – 73.5″
Eric Easter – 72.25″
Troy Enke – 70″
Jacob Johnson – 68.25″
Mike Dent – 67.75″

Let’s take a closer look at the top five finishers and hear how they solved the puzzle on Wappapello in their own words:

What was your strategy going into the day?

  • Robert – I wanted to focus on staying with my game plan.  I knew I could catch numbers of fish flipping bushes; however, the quality wasn’t there.  I knew if I stuck to my game plan, I could put together a solid bag. I also knew it would be a mental game with the intense heat.
  • Josh – Normally I cover lots of water when I fish, this trip was different. I had found a small run of fish and I knew I’d have to go through them a few times to pick up a limit.
  • Lance – Just go fish and get a limit.
  • Micah – In practice, they were chewing a black and blue chatterbait shallow near channel swing banks. But that was not the case in the tournament so I ended up go with the wacky rig.
  • Joe – Literally get 5 bites and don’t miss… That was it

Were you able to prefish and did you find anything that helped you on game day?

  • Robert – Yes.  I had been keeping an eye on the lake levels for about 10 days prior to the tournament and had noticed that they had been falling 6-8 inches per day.  I was able to fish a little bit Thursday evening.  When I saw the water temperature and the reality of how quickly the lake was falling, I knew I would have to find something offshore in order to find quality fish.  I found a ledge where my graph absolutely lit up with fish and the thermocline broke down a bit allowing them to go a bit deeper. I also found a giant rock pile well over a half mile offshore that was lit up as well.  Fortunately, I didn’t need to hit it on tournament day.
  • Josh – I pre-fished for a total of 4 hours. In the last hour of that time I found the pattern I used all tournament day.
  • Lance – I did get to practice and all I got out of it was two places to not fish and there might be a topwater bite.
  • Micah – I was able to prefish and the only thing that helped me on tournament day was finding a good area. The bait/pattern that was money in prefishing fell flat on tournament day.
  • Joe – Being the closest lake we fish to me (just over 2 hours) I was able to come down a couple of weeks before the event and fish a section of the river that looked nice for a few hours. Didn’t blow them away but caught enough to think I might go there on tournament day. And we came down Thursday night before the tourney so I also fished Friday morning with zero success at a different spot. Ended up going back to the river

Had you ever fished Wappapello before this tournament, if so, how’d you do?

  • Robert – Never been there.
  • Josh – No never been there
  • Lance – Never seen the lake before.
  • Micah – Nope
  • Joe – Other than the one prefish a couple of weeks prior to the tournament, I had fished it once before and caught nothing.

What was the general tackle you used on game day?

  • Robert – Big ugly crankbait and a big ugly jig.
  • Josh – Everything was caught on a white spinner bait with silver and gold blades and a white chatter bait with gold blade
  • Lance – 7’ Kistler Helium medium heavy casting rod with 8:1 Kistler Chromium reel with 40# braid. Crockogator1/2 oz head knocker buzzbait all day
  • Micah – Spinning tackle Buzzbait and wacky rig fished like a fluke ended up being what they wanted.
  • Joe – Square bills, Texas rigged lizard, Senko, and Crock o Gator buzzbait

How far did you have to travel to find your fish?

  • Robert – I stayed within ½ mile of where I launched.
  • Josh –200yrds from the ramp and they were all in a 400-yard stretch
  • Lance – Covered about 7 miles of banks.
  • Micah – In practice, I put in about 14 miles in the yak to find about a mile stretch that I liked for the tournament.
  • Joe – Not terribly far. But I never really sat in one spot long so I imagine I put a few miles in.

What depth range were you looking for (what was your water temp/clarity)?

  • Robert – Most of my fish came 8′-12′ deep.  Water temp was 88 in the morning and 93 by the afternoon with about a foot of visibility.
  • Josh – I was fishing the flooded bushes, clarity was pretty minimal and water temps started at 86 and jumped to 93 by the end of the day
  • Lance – Focused on 2-6′ of water on channel swings with clay mud banks clarity was probably 1-2′ and 85-90 degrees.
  • Micah – Less than 6 feet, water temp was stupid hot and varied in clarity.
  • Joe – I’m a shallow water guy so I didn’t stray far from my strengths. Clarity….. We’re talking clarity? Lol that place is a mud hole maybe 6 inches at best most of the time. Temps started around 86 and made it to the low 90s later.

What did you do to keep yourself hydrated?

  • Robert – I went through 6 big bottles of water and limited myself to only 2 Monster energy drinks that day.  A little ice from the cooler put in my hat felt good too
  • Josh – Water and Gatorade packets, I also like to keep frozen bottles so I can put them in between my life jacket and chest when I get real hot
  • Lance – I drank 15 oz of Monster coffee, 16 oz of chocolate milk (with my donuts), and 3- 28 oz bottles of Gatorade.
  • Micah – Drank a bunch of Gatorade.
  • Joe – This is always a problem for me. I rarely ever stop to eat or drink on tournament days. I remembered that I packed a water and a dew around noon. Drank them both and got back to it.

Anything else special about the day?

  • Robert – Boat traffic; most people curse it, however on a bite like that, the fish always seemed to fire up after a big boat went by.
  • Josh – My daughter’s name is Asher, so I knew I had to check it out during prefish. It led to some good fishing, I guess I owe my wife a thank you for picking her name.
  • Lance – I woke up an hour late putting me at the ramp right when everyone else was took off.
  • Micah – The mosquitoes were terrible for everyone.
  • Joe – Not getting any diseases after going through that mosquito nonsense feels pretty special.

Big Bass Story?

  • Robert – My biggest bass was a 19″er That was about the sickest thing I’ve seen in a while.  Poor thing probably didn’t weigh 2 pounds.
  • Josh – No big bass to speak of, haven’t been able to find one all year.
  • Lance –  Chad barely beat my 19.25″ out for big bass so I had second big bass.
  • Micah – My biggest was 19″ and it hit a buzzbait about 5in from the kayak so, that was a rush for sure!
  • Joe – My two biggest fish came early and not terribly far from each other. It was an area that looked and set up perfect but I didn’t get a bite there in my trip before so I almost skipped it. Glad I didn’t.

See any wildlife worth mentioning?

  • Robert – Some people say it was a beaver, but I swear it was a gator….
  • Josh – 5 ft nope rope that was as big around as a baseball bat
  • Lance – Three danger noodles were out and about.
  • Micah – Lots of mosquitoes.
  • Joe – Not really.

Lose any fish that would have made a difference?

  • Robert – I fished fairly clean.  I only missed 1 or 2 bites.
  • Josh – Not really
  • Lance – I lost two bass in the 16-17″ range that would have given me a decent shot at 2nd
  • Micah – I lost 2 fish in the last 10 min that would have made 3rd place a tight race. I had a trailer hook on the spinnerbait I was throwing and it seemed to be messing up the hookset rather than helping.
  • Joe – Just a gar that might’ve been a decent trash fish. The bastard stole one of my favorite balsa square bills though so I wasn’t too thrilled about it.

If you had a choice to fish Wappapello or Mark Twain which would you choose and why?

  • Robert – Mark Twain – In my opinion, it fishes a lot like Truman (Which I like) and not as swampy.
  • Josh – Mark Twain, bc I’ve never been there either
  • Lance – Mark Twain because I haven’t tried it yet and I seem to get lucky on sucky lakes like Table Rock.
  • Micah – Both are 4 hours+ from my house and not terribly great lakes so I don’t feel like there is a good answer. From what I have heard I’d probably go Wappapello but in the spring or fall, all the locals were saying it wasn’t a very good hot water lake and I agree.
  • Joe – Never been to Twain, and certainly don’t love the wap but if it’s on the schedule I’m game to give anything a go.

Derby Stats
Anglers 43
Fish caught – 159
Total limits – 21 (49%)
Margin of victory – 3.75″
Trash Pot – Robert Swearngin (18.5″ Drum)
Smallest Bass Award – Johnathan Dominguez 7.75″
Air temp at launch – 80
Air temp at takeout – 95
Water temps reported – Mid to High 90’s

Fosnow Stars in the Truman Show

Truman Reservoir, Missouri – Stop #4 of the 2023 MoYak Fishing Series Kayak Bass Trail sponsored by Old Town Kayaks welcomed 85 anglers to an unusually low Truman Lake. Fluctuating lake levels on Truman are just part of figuring out the puzzle for these Ozarks flood control lakes. In 2021 we had three feet more water with the lake at nearly 708′ and in 2022 there was a 11.5′-foot rise compared to Saturday’s 705′.

The fish-per-angler ratio of 4.38 was an improvement over the steady decline we saw from 2020 (4.9 FPA) to 2022 (3.7 FPA). There were seven more limits uploaded than in 2022 with 58% of the field submitting a limit of bass this time around. Just like Stockton earlier this month, the competition was tough with only 10.5″ separating the top 20! However, Stockton wins the race when it comes to the number of fish caught in June with nearly 100 more bass taken during our derby a few weeks ago.

Jared Fosnow continued his dominance over Truman by taking the crown. Fosnow secured an 84.5″ bag, narrowly edging out his closest competitor, Mason Brock who nearly went back-to-back! The ROY year race continues to tighten as rookie sensations Zachary Woolverton and Pat Lassek each clawed their way to another top-ten finish. Chad Davison wrestled a 20.25″ bass out of a stump field to take home Big Bass honors along with a $600 check.

On the team side, Everharts A-Team, consisting of Chad Davison and Chris Robbs, secured a back-to-back victory with a combined total of 97″. With this win, they take a 27-point lead in the Team AOY (Angler of the Year) race into stop #5 at Wappapello in August.

Here are your top ten for the 2023 MoYak Stop #4 Truman presented by Everhart’s Outdoors.

Jared Fosnow – 84.75″
Mason Brock – 81.75″
Zachary Woolverton – 81.5″
Robert Swearngin – 80.75″
Aaron Shimmel – 78.75″
Pat Lassek – 78.75″
Tyy Ward – 78.5″
Chad Davison – 78.25″
Jake Pruett – 78″
Chris Gilbert – 77.75″

Team Winners
Everharts A-Team (Chad Davison & Chris Robbs) 97″ (Best 3 from each angler)

Let’s take a closer look at the top six finishers and hear how they solved the puzzle on Truman in their own words:

What was your strategy going into the day?

  • Jared – Throwing topwater as long as I could then switch to looking for suspended fish along with hitting brush piles and beds.
  • Mason – Rely on what I found in practice.
  • Zachary – I started by working a bluff point with submerged timber and I hoped to find fish shallow early and then slow it down and just pitch trees all day long.
  • Robert – Not to run around, stay on the main lake.  I found some fish while prefishing and I planned on staying on them all day.  I went old school and used a big purple paddle tail worm Texas rigged 95% of the day.
  • Aaron – Keep it simple and stick to the plan.
  • Pat – My strategy was to get a limit early no matter what the size and try to upgrade thru the day.. I seem to fish better once I have 5 out of the way.

Were you able to prefish and did you find anything that helped you on game day?

  • Jared – Due to a lower back injury I elected to not prefish for this one.
  • Mason – Yes, found bass relating to Bream on key banks.
  • Zachary – Nope
  • Robert – Yes, I was able to prefish on Thursday.  I was told that the river arms were dead.  I was able to confirm that.  I moved to the Osage Bluff/Fairfield area and located some fish and lots of baitfish.
  • Aaron – No prefishing, just showed up to fish.
  • Pat –  I pre fished my all american spot, which was terrible

What was your best finish on Truman before this?

  • Jared – This was my first MOYAK tournament on Truman Lake. But this made my 4th kayak win this year here and I think 7th Truman win in a kayak.
  • Mason – 30th of 179 in the last classic. Big bass in June, Moyak 2021
  • Zachary – This was my first.
  • Robert – This was my first Kayak tournament on Truman.  I have won several club events and have a couple top 5 finishes in the Fish For Sight tournament years ago.
  • Aaron – 79th in the 2023 AAKS. This was my fourth time ever fishing Truman.
  • Pat – my best finish at Truman was 2nd in the inaugural All-American classic 2020.

What was the general tackle you used?

  • Jared – Crock-O-Gator head knocker buzzbait, ARK 110 suspending jerkbait, Crock-O-Gator 6” Junior COG worm on a drop shot, Crock-O-Gator 7.25” COG worm on a 5/16 Shaker Pro jig head, All on ARK rods with Daiwa Tatula reels spooled with Seaguar line.
  • Mason – Finesse jig
  • Zachary – 5in Spark Shad by mega bass, 6″ Senko pb and j, Strike king white Buzzbait, Bass pro tungsten Jig pb and j
  • Robert – Big purple paddle tail worm with a 3/16 weight
  • Aaron – 4 of 5 keepers were caught cranking, the other was on a whopper plopper.
  • Pat – I was able to get a dinky limit in an hr fishing shallow using a Rapala brat, then, a wacky worm and a jig.

How far did you have to travel to find your fish – General area of the lake you chose?

  • Jared – I covered several miles but most of it for nothing as once you found one fish there were usually several others with it.
  • Mason – Small creek, 2 miles from the ramp
  • Zachary – I fished toward the north end of the lake fishing the cleaner waters instead of the muddy waters at the south end. I traveled the duration of the morning 30min launch time to get to the point I wanted to start at.
  • Robert – I stayed fairly close to where I launched.  I fished between Osage Bluff and Fairfield all day.
  • Aaron – Launched from Bucksaw Marina.
  • Pat –  I went to an area mid-lake about 20 min pedal from my launch I’ve never fished before and was able to find a few small fish where I decided to fish tourney day, which I had to myself

What depth range were you looking for (what was your water temp/clarity)?

  • Jared – Shallow early in less than 5’. Then moved out to 10’-14’ casting to suspended fish. But all the better fish ended up being in 18’-24’ and right on the bottom.
  • Mason – 4-8ft
  • Zachary – The morning was super shallow around 4 to 5ft in the timber and right off the bluff walls then transitioned to deep low and slow all day with jigs and worms around 12 to 15ft.
  • Robert – I was fishing for suspended fish that were 5′-8′ deep.  They could be over 15′ deep or 45′ deep, or anywhere in between.
  • Aaron – Initially, Top Water. then 0-8 ft.
  • Pat – 10-15′ range off points and timber bluff walls.

Did the weather affect your bite?

  • Jared – I don’t think it affected the bite but did affect the way I was hoping to get to fish for them. I really like throwing topwater to cover water. So I was wanting to see the thunderstorm they were calling for. Rain and heavy winds can make for a killer topwater bite on Truman this time of year.
  • Mason – Something changed from practice to tournament. Practice day was an early morning bite. On tournament day, they bit better late, very late in the day.
  • Zachary – The afternoon storm looked threatening but it pushed out and didn’t cause any problems then the wind picked up which made it difficult to fish without being blown into trees.
  • Robert – Yes, it became cloudy during the middle of the day.  I think that caused my fish to scatter and not hold so tightly to the trees.
  • Aaron – The Wind picked when I got my second 18″er.
  • Pat – Once the sun came out I was able to upgrade a few times.

Anything else special about the day?

  • Jared – Beautiful sunrise with us starting early for this one.
  • Mason – Fish bit all day long. Was one for the memory bank that I will never forget! The last 3 casts of the day moved me from a 15th place finish, to a 5th place finish, then to a 2nd place finish.
  • Zachary – No report.
  • Robert – No report.
  • Aaron – No report.
  • Pat – Luckily I had a spare pedal drive because broke a fin rod off in practice.

Big Bass Story?

  • Jared – My biggest was only 18 3/4” and was a pretty boring catch. It hit a COG worm on the first hop after dragging it past her. It felt just like the other 15”-16” fish I had been catching as it must have just swam towards the kayak.
  • Mason – 3rd to last cast, flipped my jig on a shallow wind-blown tree. Couldn’t have fallen more than 4-5 inches and she picked up the jig. Ended up being a 19-inch last-minute kicker!
  • Zachary – My big bass of the day came on a buzzbait. I saw the fish crash on baitfish right off the shore and I threw what I had in my hand at the time that being a buzzbait and as soon as it passed where he was the fish came up and swiped it under.
  • Robert – I lucked out and caught a 19″ at 1:55 which made all of the difference in my day.
  • Aaron – My biggest came after I’d just gotten back in my kayak from a brief (super refreshing) swimming excursion.
  • Pat – No report.

See any wildlife worth mentioning?

  • Jared – Had a beaver come up and slap its tail at me. A 29”-30” flathead and lots of “Mr. No Shoulders” snakes!!!
  • Mason – No report.
  • Zachary – No report.
  • Robert – Had some trash pandas (raccoons) follow me down the bank for about an hour.
  • Aaron – Raccoon
  • Pat – No report.

Lose any bigguns?

  • Jared – Nothing of any real size. I fished pretty clean other than two fish in the 16”-17” range.
  • Mason – Thank goodness, no.
  • Zachary – Early that morning the bass where chasing shad around me and I saw some nice fish blowing up 4 and 5in shad. I did have a couple of really nice blow-ups and some that completely blew my spark shad out of the water but I didn’t hook into that fish.
  • Robert –  Luckily no!
  • Aaron – No, But did have two mid sized rip the cord and eject off my catch board.
  • Pat – I missed a nice upgrade late that jumped me off a stump working my way back to my ramp.

Do you plan to fish the remaining MoYak schedule?

  • Jared – I am going to try to after seeing the updated AOY points and that I am sitting in 18th even with missing the Table Rock event. I think I will try to make the rest of the schedule to try to make my first Taney20 next spring. I would really like to make the top 10 in AOY points to be able to represent MOYAK again on the team side of the AAKC!!!
  • Mason – Yes sir, excited for the rest of the events!
  • Zachary – Yes, possibly missing Lake Wappapello due to the distance needed to travel.
  • Robert – For sure!
  • Aaron – Absolutely! So fun.
  • Pat – I’m hoping to fish a couple more events.

Derby Stats
Anglers 85
Fish caught – 373
Total limits – 49 (58%)
Margin of victory – 2.75″
Trash Pot – Kolton Dauber (23″ Blue Cat)
Smallest Bass Award – Zach Armstrong, Lando Mitchel 9.25″
Air temp at launch – 75
Air temp at takeout – 89
Water temps reported – Mid to High 80’s

Stockton gets B-ROCKED

Stockton Lake, Missouri – In a thrilling showdown on a warm Saturday in early June, the MoYak Fishing Series Kayak Bass Trail sponsored by Old Town Kayaks held its third stop of the season on Stockton Lake. The event saw a record-breaking turnout of 88 anglers, who battled it out to secure their spot in the prestigious tournament. With an impressive fish-per-angler ratio of 5.52 and a remarkable 67% of the field submitting a limit of bass, it was fierce competition from start to finish. In fact, only 8.5″ separated the top 20!

At the end of the day, it was Mason Brock who emerged as the victor, claiming his first win with MoYak. Brock secured an 84.75″ bag, narrowly edging out his closest competitor, Chris Robbs, by 2.75″. Rounding out the top five were three rookies who are all in contention for the ROY title; Lando Mitchell, Zach Woolverton, and Pat Lassek.

On the team side, Everharts A-Team, consisting of Chad Davison and Chris Robbs, secured an impressive victory with a combined total of 99.5″. Their triumph not only solidified their dominance in the event but also gave them a substantial lead in the Team AOY (Angler of the Year) race as they head into the fourth stop of the season on Truman at the end of the month.

Mason Brock, the eventual winner, had planned to target schooling fish on or around main lake points. However, he quickly adjusted his strategy when he found that the fish were scattered. Brock capitalized on his adaptability and caught fish around points using a shaky head, drop shot, and finesse jig.

Chris Robbs, who finished in second place, employed a methodical approach, covering water and targeting post-spawn bass transitioning into their summer homes. Despite the tough pre-fishing conditions, Robbs slowed down his presentation and relied on a mix of topwater lures, crankbaits, and soft plastics.

Lando Mitchell, the third-place finisher, initially planned to throw topwater lures early and transition to crankbaits or chatterbaits. However, his strategy did not pan out as expected. Mitchell primarily relied on Texas-rigged worms throughout the day, with his final two fish coming from a bluff wall.

Zachary Woolverton, who finished fourth, had a comprehensive game plan that involved starting with topwater lures and gradually slowing down his presentation as the day progressed. Despite the challenges of the morning, Woolverton found success using an underspin with a 4-inch swimbait, a worm, a jig, and a chad shad.

Pat Lassek, who secured fifth place, employed a similar strategy, using topwater and moving baits early in the day and transitioning to a slower presentation once the sun was high. He targeted rock walls and points in the 8-12 ft range and managed to cull multiple times throughout the day.

Here are your top ten for the 2023 MoYak Stop #3 Stockton presented by Everhart’s Outdoors.

Mason Brock – 84.75″
Chris Robbs – 82″
Lando Mitchell – 81″
Zachary Woolverton – 80″
Pat Lassek – 80″
Joe Hayes – 79.75″
Brian Hillman – 79.75″
Trevor Motzkus – 79″
Cody Huffman – 79″
Johnathan Dominguez – 78.5″

Team Winners
Everharts A-Team (Chad Davison & Chris Robbs) 99.5 (Best 3 from each angler)

Let’s take a closer look at the top five finishers and hear how they navigated the challenging conditions on Stockton Lake in their own words:

What was your strategy going into the day?

  • Mason – Looking for schooling fish on or around main lake points. Plan didn’t fully come into play. Schooling fish weren’t there. But they were scattered around the points.
  • Chris – My strategy was to fish methodically and cover water. I figured the majority of fish were post spawn and moving into their summer homes.
  • Lando – My strategy going in was to throw top water early and then transition to a crank bait, chatter bait, or something along those lines that was moving. That’s not what worked at all.
  • Zachary – My plan was to start with top water throwing a spook and buzzbait shallow to find a fast limit hopefully then as the sun and heat started I would slow down cover water and look for upgrades throughout the day using a worm, jig, and a 4in swimbait on an underspin. I also threw the chad shad more as a searching bait to see if I could get followers or find some big fish then get the bite with another bait.
  • Pat – Topwater and moving baits early then dragging something slow after the sun got high.

Were you able to prefish and did you find anything that helped you on game day?

  • Mason – I wasn’t able to prefish.
  • Chris – I was able to pre fish Friday. It helped a little bit. Prefishing was tough for me so I kind of knew I was going to have to slow down to get some bites and that I was going to need to learn on the fly.
  • Lando – I did not get to pre fish. I’m actually new to Missouri all together. I did map studies on the lake and saw the lake for the first time at my launch.
  • Zachary – Nope
  • Pat – I fished a couple hrs Friday and found an area that I felt I could get a very small limit pretty quick.. I wasn’t very confident.

What was your best finish on Stockton before this?

  • Mason – Took a few checks in small bass boat tournaments before getting into the kayak world. 4th in the Moyak winter series.
  • Chris – 3rd
  • Lando – As I stated before I’m new here. Still in my first year of living in Missouri so I’m still meeting people and learning everything I can about the area and culture.
  • Zachary – This is my rookie season but I did fish Stockton Lake only last year and took 9th just out of the money.
  • Pat – First time fishing Stockton.

What was the general tackle you used?

  • Mason – Shaky Head, drop shot, finesse jig
  • Chris – Mixed bag. Topwater, crankbaits, and soft plastics.
  • Lando – Soft plastics have always been a big part of my arsenal. All but one of my catches came on Texas Rigged worms. That one other smallmouth was caught on a Cranky Yanky Jig.
  • Zachary – I did not catch any top water fish and hadn’t figured much out until about 9 am when the worm and jig bite picked up in the timber and tree tops. I didn’t have much figured out. I used an underspin with a 4in swimbait, a 6th sense crankbait, a Senko worm, a pb and j jig, and a chad shad to catch my fish.
  • Pat – My main baits were spinnerbait and frog fishing shallow

How far did you have to travel to find your fish – General area of the lake you chose?

  • Mason – Pretty much started fishing the main lake from my ramp around mid-lake and heading north. I did point hop for roughly 4-4.5 miles.
  • Chris – Upper end. Started fishing near the launch and covered a lot of water from there.
  • Lando – From my map study I thought I was gonna make a long run right off the bat. Once I launched I looked around a bit and decided to stay where I was at. I stayed there most the morning and ended up not going more than 10 minutes from where I started.
  • Zachary – North end on the east side. I did travel in the morning quite a ways to find some fish. They weren’t where I planned on them being and they weren’t feeding like I had hoped so most of my morning was wasted looking for fish. I had to push further toward the main lake and less into the cove. Also, deeper structure was key.
  • Pat – Saturday I was able to get a small limit in 30 minutes only about a 15-minute peddle from my launch…

What depth range were you looking for (what was your water temp/clarity)?

  • Mason – Every fish but one came from 4-6ft deep. 80° water temp, roughly. 15ft visibility.
  • Chris – 1-10ft, 78-81 degrees, 1-2ft visibility.
  • Lando – To start off I targeted 10′ and under. As the day got further along I slowly moved deeper. To end the day I moved over to a bluff wall where I caught my last two fish. I tried to make sure I was in somewhat stained water all day. I also avoided a couple of pockets that were quite a bit warmer than the points I had been getting bites on earlier in the day.
  • Zachary – Water temp was 79 to 80 degrees and easily 6 to 8ft water clarity. I was fishing in 8 to 10ft water.
  • Pat – Once the sun came out, I started to fish painstakingly slow in the 8-12 ft range on rock walls and points to cull a few more times.

Did the weather affect your bite?

  • Mason – I don’t feel it did. Boat traffic and fishing pressure from bass boats did though.
  • Chris – I think the heat and bluebird skies made the bite a little tougher.
  • Lando – Early in the week I thought things were gonna be a lot different weather-wise. As the week went on what I was going to throw changed. Once I was out there I just followed the fish out deeper as the day went on.
  • Zachary – Not really. It was hot and I think that made the bite a little slower than I anticipated.
  • Pat – Had to slow down after the sun came out.

Anything else special about the day?

  • Mason – Thankful to be able to have fished clean!
  • Chris – Just a beautiful day on the water.
  • Lando – The thing that stood out most to me was that I only ever saw one other competitor. I saw him when I launched and when I loaded back up. I thought for sure that morning I had made a mistake in my research.
  • Zachary – I was cruising through a cove when I saw a nice bass guarding some fry. I threw in a swimbait and it swiped at it and missed the hooks. As I went for another cast I got a phone call asking how the tournament was going and it wound up spooking the bass and I was very upset. I went around and fished the rest of cove and made my way back to the spot. To my luck and surprise the bass was still there I threw the chad shad in and right as it went by the fry the bass attacked it and I landed my biggest fish of the day. A solid 18in bass which enviably pushed me into the top 5.
  • Pat – After I got my limit I just covered a lot of water and I was fortunate to upgrade the rest of day. I think I culled 12 times

Big Bass Story?

  • Mason – About 2 hours left, scanning with my live scope. I saw 2 fish in about 18ft of water. I casted across a point to them. It landed just passed the fish. Immediately my jig became hung in the rocks. Trying to pull it out it wouldn’t budge. Finally I wrapped the line around my hand to pull it out or break it. It came loss. Unwrapping my hand the line was slack. Reeling the slack out, it became heavy and pulling back. Ended up being my 20.5 inch big fish. Talk about lucky!
  • Chris – Big drum story 🙂
  • Lando – No report
  • Zachary – No report
  • Pat – No report

See any wildlife worth mentioning?

  • Mason – Several Bald Eagles, love watching them!
  • Chris – Bald eagle
  • Lando – No report
  • Zachary – No report
  • Pat – No report

Lose any bigguns?

  • Mason – This time, thankfully no!
  • Chris – Fished clean! Very important with this bunch!
  • Lando – No report
  • Zachary – No report
  • Pat – No report

Do you plan to fish the remaining MoYak schedule?

  • Mason – I plan to fish everything from here on out. As long as work allows.
  • Chris – Absolutely!
  • Lando – I do plan to fish all of this year’s events. I’m a rookie this year for Mo-Yak and I would love to end up on top for the Rookie of the Year points!
  • Zachary – Yes! Shooting for rookie of the year and possibly a shot at angler of the year. I don’t think I will be able to achieve that one quite yet though.
  • Pat – I’m hoping to make some more events

Derby Stats
Anglers 88 (New Stockton Record)
Fish caught – 486
Total limits – 59 (67%)
Margin of victory – 2.75″
Trash Pot – Aaron Gardner (20″ Flathead)
Smallest Bass Award – William Abell 7″
Air temp at launch – 75
Air temp at takeout – 89
Water temps reported – Mid to High 80’s

Pomme gets “Robb”ed

A beautiful late summer Saturday greeted a 62 angler field on potato lake, errr, Pomme de Terre for the final regular season event of 2022.  The Angler of the Year race on the individual side was too close to call going in with several anglers knotted up at the top.  Although the team side had one more event to go (Mo State Championship) it, too, was going to come down to the wire.  Pomme gave us numbers this time but was lacking in quality. MoYak came away with an FPA (fish-per-angler) of 5.56 and 64% of the field submitted a limit of bass.

After the whistle blew, Columbia’s Chris Robbs came away with his first win with MoYak, beating perennial powerhouses Lance Burris and Dorman Hughey by 1.5″ and 3″ respectively.

On the team side, The Burrito Banditos (Yours Truly & Richie McMichael) beat out the CoMo Crushers with 156.50″. This set the stage for a shootout at the Missouri State Championship between the Banditos, the Crushers, Team Bonafide, and Shake & Bake.

Frankie Miller, Jr. wins big bass with his 19.5″ spud lake brute

Here are your top ten for the 2022 MoYak Stop #7 Pomme de Terre presented by Everhart’s Outdoors.

  1. Chris Robbs – 81.5″
  2. Lance Burris – 80″
  3. Dorman Hughey – 78.5″
  4. Richie McMichael – 78.5″
  5. Troy Enke – 78″
  6. Patrick Troutman – 75.75″
  7. Anthony Brown – 74.5″
  8. Justin Coon – 74″
  9. Steve Earls – 73″
  10. Chad Davison – 72.75″

Team Winners

  1. Burrito Banditos (Richie McMichael & Troy Enke) 156.5″

Let’s see how the top FIVE figured it out;

What was your strategy going into the day.

Chris – My strategy was to stay around the bait fish and thoroughly fish every piece of cover I could seek out close to where the bait fish were holding.

Lance – With the cold front I planned on going into full prefish mode, cover water with 7 different rods as fast as possible to reveal a bite then slow down, some.

Dorman – No Report

Richie – Start the day off with a buzzbait and plopper and get a couple decent keepers early to start of the morning then switch over to a spinnerbait/bladed jig and fill out a limit. If that didn’t work , I was gonna slow down and flip laydowns. Found the golden shiner bladed jig was working and used it most of the day.

Troy – I like to power fish shallow. I planned to fish top water all day.

Were you able to prefish and did you find anything that helped you on game day?

Chris – I was able to pre-fish. I really wanted to have a strong finish to the season to help reach my goal of making the top 10 in AOY, so I went down to the lake a couple weeks prior to the tournament for a couple days to do a little fishing and really just explore places on the lake that I was interested in fishing. I was also able to get on the water for a few hours on the day before the tournament to do the same thing and see how the bite may have changed in those couple of weeks. The biggest help was getting to eliminate places I fished, I really focused on trying to find places that suited my style of fishing and if it seemed to be holding bait or fish.

Lance – Had no time to prefish so I just fished history so I didn’t have to break down new structure.

Dorman – No Report

Richie – Was not able to prefish

Troy – I checked the closest ramp to my house the Wednesday before the tournament.  I saw tons of baitfish action and fish were busting on top right at the ramp.  I threw a few casts with a buzzbait from the bank and caught a 15″. I knew I’d start there after that.

What was your best finish on Pomme before this?

Chris – 22nd

Lance – 4th

Dorman – No Report

Richie – 8th in 2020

Troy – 2nd in 2019

What was the general tackle you used?

Chris – Spinnerbait and Crankbaits

Lance – Chatterbait all day. Threw it on 40# braid using a 7’ MH Kistler Feel N Reel hybrid carbon/glass rod.

Dorman – No Report

Richie – Zman and berkley bladed jigs.

Troy – Junk fishing 101 – Buzzbait, Plopper, Frittside, Spinnerbait, Shakey Head, Chatterbait

How far did you have to travel to find your fish – General area of the lake you chose?

Chris – I had to travel about a mile to get to where I wanted to start fishing and I was fishing the upper end of the lake.

Lance – Only covered about 4-5 miles of shoreline on the south side of the lake.

Dorman – No Report

Richie – Started in the river and went as far as I could paddle.

Troy – South end

What depth range were you looking for (what was your water temp/clarity)?

Chris – I was looking for fish up shallow, pretty sure everything I caught was between 1-6 ft of water. Water temp was in the mid 60s and had about 2ft visibility.

Lance – I don’t fish deep so I beat the banks with minimal clearity and temp ranged from 59-65.

Dorman – No Report

Richie – 1 to 4 feet. Water slightly stained and temp was in the upper 60’s.

Troy – Shallow – water had a good stain with upper 60’s.

Anything else special about the day? Big Bass Story?

Chris – I managed to land the 2nd place big bass! It came pretty early in the morning and was the fish that got me my limit so I was extremely happy about getting my 5th fish and the fact that it was a quality 18.75″ kicker. The fish was holding in a shallow lay down and I ran my spinnerbait right through the heart of it and BOOM, the big girl just sucked it right in!

Lance – Lake was the lowest I’ve ever fished it so dealing with bass boats where I was wasn’t a problem. As I pulled my chatterbait out of the water, biggest fish of the day came half way out and ripped one of the legs of my trailer off. Would have given me close to a 2″ cull.

Dorman – No Report

Richie – Every day on the water is special.

Troy – I had to stop throwing the Frittside squarebill because I couldn’t stop catching white bass.

See any wildlife worth mentioning?

Chris – Saw deer and bald eagles, just a great day to be outdoors.

Lance – Saw an old eagle, it was bald.

Dorman – No Report

Richie – Pretty quiet day for wildlife but did get startled by a few bats that flew over me.

Troy – I was greeted by a wild Hughey at the ramp. We started together in the same cut across from the ramp.  A friendly wager on first bass ensued and was won by yours truly on my third cast.  I have since framed that dollar.

Lose any bigguns?

Chris – Yes, two…The first I am not sure of what it was but it broke me off quickly, I have a feeling it was a toothy critter but whatever it was it was not small! The second one was for sure a bass and it was with 10 minutes left in the tournament right at the boat….I made the mistake of forgetting to adjust my drag after switching baits on my rod and I thought for sure it was going to be what cost me the victory because we have too many good fishermen in this club to give anyone even a quarter inch.

Lance – The one that got away.

Dorman – No Report

Richie – No, saw a biggun swipe at my bait but did not hook up.

Troy – I had a 20+ erupt on my buzzbait after a long drought of no bites. I got three cranks of the reel handle on her and she was gone.  I had lots of short strikes and weird hookups that day.

Derby Stats
Anglers 62
Fish caught – 345
Total limits – 43 (64%)
Margin of victory – 1.5″
Smallest Bass Award – Josh Keatts 8.25″
Air temp at launch – 55
Air temp at takeout – 82
Water temps reported – Mid to High 80’s

Trash Fish Winner – Dave Neal wins $120 for this Tub-O-Goo

Results — 2022 Pomme de Terre

TeamInchesBig BassPlacePoints
Christopher Robbs81.51387.50
Lance Burris802381.00
Dorman Hughey78.53374.50
Richie McMichael78.54369.50
Troy Enke785364.00
Patrick Troutman75.756357.75
Anthony Brown74.57352.50
Justin Coon748348.00
Steve Earls739343.00
Chad Davison72.7510338.75
Kerry Evans7111334.00
Preston Maples70.512330.50
Cole Armer70.2513327.25
Scott Kroger7015321.00
Mason Brock7016319.00
Jake Bollinger68.517315.50
Brandon Heimericks68.2518313.25
Lance Irwin68.2519311.25
Steve Van Tassell68.2520309.25
Christopher Gilbert67.521306.50
Jacob Johnson66.2522303.25
Michael Sandlin65.7523300.75
Stacy Jordan65.7524298.75
Dave Neal6525296.00
Jennings Sirmon6526294.00
Eric Easter64.528289.50
Trevor Motzkus64.529287.50
Ryan Reed64.2530285.25
Kyle Savner63.531282.50
Andrew Leotaud6332280.00
Mike Dent62.533277.50
Shannon Jernigan61.534274.50
Josh Keatts6135272.00
Donald Schwartz59.7536268.75
Johnathan Dominguez59.2537266.25
Danny Johnson58.7538263.75
Robert Bruewer56.540257.50
Mike Tichenor5541254.00
Trevor Fanning5542252.00
Michael Smith53.543248.50
Tyy Ward52.7544245.75
Phil Schaefer5245243.00
Stony Floyd51.546240.50
Nathan Head41.2547228.25
Frankie Miller50.2548238.25
Joe Hayes49.2549232.25
Jeremy Truitt46.2550227.25
Christopher Moyher3751216.00
Christopher Cramsey36.7552213.75
Micah Funderburgh28.2553203.25
Jake Pruett26.2554199.25
Mike Keafer25.2555196.25
Broc Van Tassell24.7556193.75
Jason Payne22.2557189.25
Michael Cornelius13.558178.50
Brayden Cravens060161.00
Tommy Probst062157.00

Results — 2022 Pomme de Terre Team

TeamInchesBig BassPlacePoints
Burrito Banditos156.501458.50
CoMo Crushers154.252451.25
The Chatter Boys117.754404.75
Slappin Da Bass113.755395.75
Dink Whisperers1077381.00
Team Bonafide105.258375.25
Motor Promoters82.759348.75
Eco Fanatics71.2510333.25
Shake & Bake68.2512324.25
Hicks with Sticks63.513316.50

Probst squeaks out a win on the Bull!

We finally had decent weather for a tournament with low humidity, light winds, and clouds to start the day.  This helped the field fish more comfortably and the numbers improved greatly from our last two live events.  Bull Shoals, a flood control lake for the White River chain, is notoriously high most of the year but we had near normal pool for this early September event. Most anglers chose to fish in Missouri waters for this event with several opting to find the coolest water they could. Our FPA (fish-per-angler) was 4.76% and 67% of the 67 angler field submitted a limit of bass.

Stop #6 of the MoYak Fishing Series came down to the wire with Tommy Probst coming out on top by a mere inch against runner-up Chad Davison.  Chad got big fish honors with a 22.25″ Bull Shoals beast and secured his fourth top ten finish this season!

On the team side, Team Bonafide (Mike Keafer & Lance Burris) went back to back for the win by 12″ over the COMO Crushers.

Chad Davison’s 22.25″ big bass!

Here are your top ten for the 2022 MoYak Stop #6 Bull Shoals presented by Everhart’s Outdoors.

  1. Tommy Probst 87″
  2. Chad Davison 86″ + Big Bass
  3. Lance Burris 85.5″
  4. Tyler Cokley 84.5″
  5. Mike Keafer 83″
  6. Jake Pruett 82.5″
  7. Justin Coon 81.25″
  8. Dorman Hughey 81.25″
  9. Stony Floyd 80.75″
  10. Eli Powers 79.5″

Team Winners

  1. Team Bonafide (Lance Burris & Mike Keafer) 168.5″

Let’s see how the top five figured it out;

What was your strategy going into the day.

Tommy – Hoping to catch a few on topwater and then drag jigs and soft plastics after the sun came up.

Chad – My plan was to throw a plopper and head knocker buzzbait early.  After the sun got up, I planned on pitching to trees.  I had found some decent fish in practice, so just tried to hit areas I got bites in and expand on it.

Lance – Find the coolest water I could and throw moving baits as fast as possible. Even purchased a 10:1 reel so I could sling a buzzbait faster and keep up with the kayak.

Tyler – My goal going into the day was just to get five key bites on glide baits

Mike – Fishing cooler water looking for that top water bite.

Were you able to prefish and did you find anything that helped you on game day?

Tommy – Yes but I decided to launch at a different spot for the tournament. I had caught over 90 inches prefishing 3 weeks ago but they dropped the lake to a point I didn’t think I’d be able to catch anything out of a couple of lay downs that I had caught my 2 biggest fish out of. 2 of my submitted fish including my biggest came from an area that I never fished prior to the tournament.

Chad – I found an area on Friday where I got a couple 18″ bites. I didn’t get a lot of bites, but I felt like there was potential for a good limit. I was back in a creek and water had good color to it. In practice, it was calm and sunny, and I was catching fish by pitching a big worm to trees on channel swing banks and flats near the channel. The bite changed in the tournament, so I had to change tactics, but the fish stayed in those areas.  During the tournament, I caught them primarily on the buzzbait, but one good one on plopper, and one on big worm.  The big bass was on the buzzbait.

Lance – Didn’t get any time to prefish? Just fished a familiar area so I at least knew how the structure was.

Tyler – No I was not able to pre-fish

Mike –  Did not prefish but checked recent fishing reports which helped with my decision.

What was your best finish on Bull Shoals before this?

Tommy – 7th or 9th I believe

Chad – ​This was my 2nd time fishing a tournament on Bull, and last year in the Spring Moyak Bull Shoals event was my 1st live kayak tournament ever.  I finished 26th out of 100+ in that one.

Lance – I won one event in 2017 or 2018 I believe.

Tyler – This was actually my first time competing on Bull Shoals and my first time going out and fishing from a kayak and Bull Shoals

Mike – 7th back in 2019.

What was the general tackle you used?

Tommy – Buzzbait, jig, and texas rigged plastics

Chad – ​Crock-O-Gator Headknocker Buzzbait, Plopper, and Big Worm.  (I caught them on a Spinnerbait on Sunday in the AAKS Day 2)

Lance – Most everything was caught on a CrockOGator Headknocker buzzbait or vibrating jig. Kistler rods are the only rods I throw anything on.

Tyler – I caught my first fish in the morning on a chompers football head green pumpkin and purple haze jig and then the rest of my fish came On glide baits

Mike – Top water all day. Caught my first three at low light on a black Drunken Mullet by Chasebaits. Then spent the rest of the day burning a white buzzfrog by War Eagle.

How far did you have to travel to find your fish – General area of the lake you chose?

Tommy – Only traveled about a mile but did pack up and launch again at another spot for the last hour and a half. Upper end of the lake in Missouri

Chad – ​I fished the upper end of the lake and traveled about 8 miles round trip.

Lance – I didn’t catch fish in any particular spot just cover probably 10 miles of shore line. I was on the north end of the lake.

Tyler – I actually fish pretty close to the dam I just ran a big creek arm and just covered as much ground as I possibly could with glides and just look for five fish that were willing to bite

Mike – Caught my first two not 50yds from the boat ramp, north end of the lake.

What depth range were you looking for (what was your water temp/clarity)?

Tommy – All of my submitted fish came out of less than 10 fow. The water had a little bit of greenish color to it. Didn’t really pay attention to the temp

Chad – My fish were in 1′ to 2′ of water on laydowns – the boat would typically be sitting in around 4′.  Water visibility was around 1′ to 2′.  Water temp was upper 70’s.

Lance – Depth was 5′ and less and clarity varied from 6 inches to 6 feet.

Tyler – I was fishing up shallow anywhere from 2 to 8 feet of water around cover around bushes and a little ledges

Mike – 2 to 5 feet deep was my target area, water temp 67° to 70°, water clarity was stained to murky.

Anything else special about the day? Big Bass Story?

Tommy – I could not get my phones to work right so I thought I was going to miss the upload deadline. I even drove up to Mcdonald’s in Forsyth and logged onto their wifi and couldn’t get my pictures to upload. I knew I had a pretty good day but didn’t think I had enough to win until my pictures actually went through. Big bass was caught on a jig around a laydown.

Chad –   ​I have a great video of the big bass catch that I am working on editing so stay tuned for that.

Lance – Nothing too special besides catching two over 19″ in the same day is usually rare for me. I like average-sized fish. I did find a pretty new Spro BBZ-1 swimbait floating and an Evergreen pencil popper so basically my entry fee in two lures. Watched my second 19.25″ come out of a tree and eat my vibrating jig but before I could set the hook I watched her spit it out. Tossed right back in and she ate it twice.

Tyler – This is my first time ever competing in a lake event on a kayak I just recently got into the River Series and was able to win first in the last three that I competed in on those so I jumped in this event and I was able to get a fourth which I’m pretty happy about. My biggest fish came from a little gravel secondary point with a gradual slope bank there was a rock pile and a little isolated Bush threw my Glide bait up there and switched it two or three times and it just hammered it

Mike – The best fishing day I’ve had in a long time. Conditions were perfect, catching my limit in the first hour or two, culling multiple fish and it was a topwater bite all day.

See any wildlife worth mentioning?

Tommy – Not really

Chad – Several times a bunch of ducks would fly over my head and the sound of their wings flapping would scare the crap out of me.  I chuckled every time.

Lance – Some solo pro guys but other than that not much else.

Tyler – No

Mike – No

Lose any bigguns?

Tommy – Lost 3 that would have helped me. Don’t think any were as big as the one Chad caught but 1 of them had me cursing and throwing a fit. I had caught a 19 out of the same laydown the weekend before and this one was bigger. I felt the thump when the bait cleared the top of the limb and I set the hook. Line started singing as it headed towards the middle and then it just ripped free I guess. At that point, I only had around 80 inches so I thought I had let another tournament slip away. Luckily I stumbled across the 18.5 and a 17.25 on the way back to my truck which upgraded me enough to get the win.

Chad – Luckily no, but a number of misses on topwater that seemed to be big ones.  One of them, if it was a bass, was for sure a giant.  The gar were EVERYWHERE.

Lance – Nope just 13-14″

Tyler – Throwing around a Glide bait all day you can say that you lost a lot of fish but the truth is you get a lot of Bites and a lot of followers but hook up ratios are not the best on them but I did have a 5 to 6 pound fish come out from a dock float and hit the glide and miss it and then at the very end I lost another fish that would of been upgrade and put me in contention with first

Mike – Lost two kickers at the boat that would have gained me at least 4in and potentially cost me 1st. That’s just how it goes.

Derby Stats
Anglers 67
Fish caught – 319
Total limits – 45 (67%)
Margin of victory – 1″
Smallest Bass Award – Johnathan Dominguez 3″
Air temp at launch – 65
Air temp at takeout – 85
Water temps reported – Low 70’s to Mid 80’s

Trash Fish Winner – John Evans $100 for this giant Gar

Results — 2022 Bull Shoals

TeamInchesBig BassPlacePoints
Tommy Probst871394.00
Chad Davison862391.00
Lance Burris85.53382.50
Tyler Cokley84.54376.50
Mike Keafer835370.00
Jake Pruett82.56365.50
Justin Coon81.257360.25
Dorman Hughey81.258356.25
Stony Floyd80.759351.75
Eli Powers79.510346.50
Steve Van Tassell7911343.00
Lawrence Dent7812339.00
Broc Van Tassell77.7513335.75
Sam Young77.514332.50
Ryan Reed77.2515329.25
Garrett Reid77.2516327.25
Zachary Armstrong7717325.00
Mason Brock7718323.00
Trevor Motzkus76.7519320.75
Tyy Ward75.7520317.75
Scott Kroger7421314.00
Cody Huffman73.7522311.75
John Denton73.2523309.25
Levi Cline72.524306.50
Michael Sandlin72.2525304.25
Mike Dent7226302.00
Cole Armer7127299.00
Troy Enke70.7528296.75
Christopher Robbs70.529294.50
Kerry Evans70.2530292.25
Brian Hillman7031290.00
Michael Cornelius69.2532287.25
Dave Neal6933285.00
Eric Easter68.534282.50
Lance Irwin67.7535279.75
James Curtis6736277.00
John Evans66.537274.50
Anthony Brown63.7538269.75
Stephanie Penick63.7539267.75
Jerry Cornelius62.2540264.25
Michael Smith6041260.00
Josh Keatts58.542256.50
Jeremy Truitt58.2543254.25
Joe Hayes57.2544251.25
Jake Bollinger51.546241.50
Nathan Head46.7547234.75
Danny Johnson44.548230.50
Frankie Miller4449228.00
Mike Tichenor4350225.00
Shannon Jernigan42.2551222.25
Darian Beedle36.7552214.75
Johnathan Dominguez3653212.00
Donald Schwartz29.555201.50
Jason Payne23.556193.50
Andrew Leotaud22.2557190.25
Daniel Schaedel18.559182.50
Robert Bruewer17.7560179.75
Jacob High1062168.00
Jason Shifflett064154.00
Patrick Troutman065152.00
Jason Wolfe067148.00

Results — 2022 Bull Shoals Team

TeamInchesBig BassPlacePoints
Team Bonafide168.51470.50
CoMo Crushers156.52453.50
Shake & Bake154.753446.75
Anchor Management 2151.254438.25
Sandbaggers145.55427.50
The Chatter Boys144.756422.75
Burrito Banditos140.757414.75
Crankin & Spankin132.58402.50
Slappin Da Bass125.759391.75
BassAckwards10710369.00
Motor Promoters100.2511359.25
Soggy Bottom Boys99.7512355.75
Shearwater Sure Shots84.513337.50
Bass Lives Matter72.514322.50
Eco Fanatics4715294.00

MoYak Stop #5 – Norfork Recap

The drought of 2022 continued as 59 anglers ventured south of the border to Norfork and for some, this drought included a lack of quality bites to go along with another blast furnace of temps pushing 100 at takeout.

The dog days of summer continued as our FPA (fish-per-angler) was 3.97 and only 46% of the field submitted a limit of bass.

Micah Funderburgh takes Big Bass honors with his 21″ largemouth

After the dust settled, Eli Powers from Arkansas came away with the victory by over 3″.  Eli didn’t respond to the questionnaire we sent but if he does happen to follow up, I’ll add his responses below. Here are your top ten for the 2022 MoYak Stop #5 Norfork Lake presented by Everhart’s Outdoors.

  1. Eli Powers 86.25″
  2. Chris Gilbert 82.5″
  3. Tommy Probst 76.25″
  4. Micah Funderburgh 75.25″ + Big Bass
  5. Jeremy Truitt 74″
  6. Lance Burris 73.75″
  7. Joe Hayes 73.75″
  8. John Evans 73.25″
  9. Josh Keatts 73″
  10. Mike Dent 73″

Team Winners

  1. Team Bonafide (Lance Burris & Mike Keafer) 146.5″

Let’s see how FOUR OF the top five figured it out;

What was your strategy going into the day.

Chris – I planned on catching 90 inches on a big swimbait before 9pm, and my Plan B was more of an emergency plan if I couldn’t get a bite on the Big Swimbait. Plan B was to throw a jig.

Tommy – Just trying to catch a limit since I haven’t done that in the last couple of tournaments.

Micah – Catch quantity and hope that a few quality fish popped up in the back of a river arm.

Jeremy – My only strategy was to grind it out and throw different lures until I found some type of bite. I am not a power fisherman so I tend to slow down and throw creature baits.

Were you able to prefish and did you find anything that helped you on game day?

Chris – Yes I got 3 hours of prefish in the afternoon three days before the tournament. I mean sort of but not really, I would’ve done the same thing if I hadn’t prefished. In prefish I caught a 14  incher on a jig, then threw the big swimbait to locate fish, which I did.

Tommy – Was not able to prefish but did stop and look around at the ramps of a couple of spots that I had picked out.

Micah – Yes, prefished the main lake and the back of a creek arm the day before and decided to not fish the main lake because I’m not as comfortable with it and it didn’t produce as well in prefishing.

Jeremy – I don’t get a chance to really pre-fish any tournaments due to work and kids. So, this one was not any different.

Had you ever fished Norfork before this?

Chris – Not really, the only experience I had before the tournament was that three hours of prefish three days before, and honestly that was just more of almost exploring rather than fishing.

Tommy – No

Micah – No

Jeremy – This was my first time Norfork. It was a great-looking lake and to me, it fished similar to Bull Shoals Lake.

What was the general tackle you used?

Chris – I used one brown and blue jig with the same okeechobee craw on the back all tournament, and caught one on the big swimbait

Tommy – Texas rigged plastics

Micah – Spinning rods with slow finesse presentations. Ned rig, shakey head, drop shot.

Jeremy – My day started with throwing a white quad buzzbait for the first hour or so. I caught a nice 15-inch bass within the first few casts. I missed a few blow-ups and then it shut off. From there I slowed down and started throwing a jig and soft creature baits. I never got a hit on the jig (which is my go-to bait).

How far did you have to travel to find your fish – General area of the lake you chose?

Chris – Started at the ramp and went left, but I ended up catching my last fish a couple miles away from the ramp.

Tommy – I stayed within a half mile of the ramp, Upper end. It looked like areas that I would fish around here

Micah – About a 10 min peddle in a creek arm.

Jeremy – I put in at Cranfield and went up East Pigeon Creek. I don’t know how far I went on the water but I didn’t go up the creek too far.

What depth range were you looking for (what was your water temp/clarity)?

Chris – I was fishing, at most, 4ft usually less, but if I wasn’t sitting in 15ft I wasn’t getting bit. I could see around 12ft most places, my water was mid to high 70’s

Tommy – I fished everything in the area. My 2 biggest fish were caught early and shallow; everything else was in about 10′ of water. Water temp was around 76 in the morning and warmed up to around 81 before I got off the lake. The water looked a little green around the ramp but cleared up towards the river.

Micah – The water temp moved a lot throughout the day.  I want to say it was 86°-89° and I was fishing 4-8ft of water with 2-3ft of visibility.

Jeremy – Most of my fish were caught in the 2–10-foot water depth. Later in the day I started fishing a little deeper 15-25-foot depth. I caught my 18.25″ bass in about 20-foot of water. I keep it simple and don’t really pay attention to water temp or clarity. I just try to fish the water I’m in.

How did you stay cool out there?

Chris – I didn’t stay cool, heat wise of menatlly wise. Lost my 5th fish twice and that really got to me, because they were back-to-back casts, but the skill of keeping a cool head probably comes with age I imagine.

Tommy – Had a lot of drinks in the cooler and I dunked my feet a few times to help stay cool. I got off the lake around noon because I was going to try and change spots but decided it wasn’t worth the effort after driving over to the other spot. Ended up just going to Wendys for lunch.

Micah – People stayed cool out there? There must be a secret I don’t know about.

Jeremy – I kept hydrated and I tried to find shade when I could. I was tempted to stop and take a dip but I couldn’t make myself stop.

Anything else special about the day? Big Bass Story?

Chris – The fifth fish, I caught it by casting behind 3 bushes sticking out of the water, and about 4 seconds after it bit I was panicking on how I was going to get this 3lber in, and it just made a probably 2ft jump over the bushes, it was pretty cool.

Tommy – Happy with the way it turned out but if I had it to do over I probably would have launched somewhere else or tried running up the river right after I made my first pass along the bank where I caught my big bass. 5 or so others launched at the same ramp and pretty much everyone headed up the river as soon as they could take off. I just made a quick circle of the area to try and see what was around and made my first cast along the rip rap of the boat ramp. I got desperate around 1030 or so and started to head up the river but gave up once it got to about 5′ of water. I’m sure there were probably some good holes further up but Lance Burris and others had already picked them apart so I figured it would be a waste of time.

Micah – I gave up my spot to some teens on a bass boat that hadn’t caught anything yet. I was catching a lot of small bass and decided to move off that school to have a chance at something bigger. 2 min later I landed the Big Bass of the day at 21″. Filmed this and the rest of the day on a GoPro, just posted the video on my new channel. https://youtu.be/UtfrSlVe1KQ

Jeremy -Nothing really special at all. I decided to leave my house at 12:30am and got to the ramp around 2:45am. Then I took a truck nap at the ramp. One of these days I will get a chance to pre-fish and stay the night somewhere closer to the lake. My 18.25″ bass was caught on a Trench Hawg. I had to boat flip it because when I grabbed my net it got stuck in my 360 light. Luckily, I didn’t lose it.

See any wildlife worth mentioning?

Chris – No

Tommy – Had a beaver swim to within a couple feet of me without it clapping its tail. It just swam on by.

Micah – A couple eagles and lots of turtles and gar.

Jeremy – I saw a few deer but that was it.

Lose any bigguns?

Chris – No

Tommy – Only missed a couple of fish but don’t think they had any size to them

Micah – Lost a few fish in the 13″-15″ range but nothing big.

Jeremy – I didn’t lose any fish. I only caught 5 fish in total.

Derby Stats
Anglers 59
Fish caught – 234
Total limits – 27 (46%)
Margin of victory – 3.75″
Smallest Bass Award – Anthony Brown 8.25″
Air temp at launch – 78
Air temp at takeout – 97
Water temps reported – Mid 80’s

Trash Fish Winner – Steve Earls (His 2nd event in a row as the garbage man!)

Results — 2022 Norfork

TeamInchesBig BassPlacePoints
Eli Powers86.251392.25
Christopher Gilbert82.52383.50
Tommy Probst76.253372.25
Micah Funderburgh75.254369.25
Jeremy Truitt745360.00
Lance Burris73.756355.75
Joe Hayes73.757351.75
John Evans73.258347.25
Josh Keatts739343.00
Mike Dent7310339.00
Mike Keafer72.7511335.75
Trevor Motzkus7212332.00
Michael Smith71.7513328.75
Justin Wright69.2514323.25
Sam Young6816317.00
Lance Irwin67.517314.50
Cole Armer67.518312.50
Scott Kroger67.2519310.25
Tyy Ward6720308.00
Michael Sandlin66.2521305.25
Christopher Robbs6522302.00
Dorman Hughey6523300.00
Richie McMichael63.2524296.25
Nathan Head6325294.00
Dave Neal59.2526288.25
Ryan Reed55.7527282.75
Kerry Evans5228277.00
Troy Enke50.2529273.25
Jerry Cornelius50.2530271.25
Stony Floyd46.2532263.25
Stacy Jordan43.7533258.75
Johnathan Dominguez41.534254.50
Jason Shifflett39.7535250.75
Jason Payne39.2536248.25
Darian Beedle39.2537246.25
Mike Tichenor36.2538241.25
Anthony Brown33.2539236.25
Brayden Cravens25.7540226.75
Steve Earls25.2541224.25
Brandon Locke24.542221.50
Levi Cline2443219.00
Christopher Moyher14.7545205.75
Cody Huffman14.2546203.25
James Curtis13.7547200.75
Danny Johnson11.7550192.75
Zachary Armstrong051179.00
Eric Easter053175.00
Trevor Fanning054173.00
Shannon Jernigan055171.00
Sarah Johnson056169.00
Patrick Troutman058165.00
James Wilson059163.00

Results — 2022 Norfork Team

TeamInchesBig BassPlacePoints
Team Bonafide146.51447.50
Shake & Bake143.752439.75
The Chatter Boys126.253417.25
Burrito Banditos113.54399.50
BassAckwards91.255372.25
Dink Whisperers826359.00
Eco Fanatics777350.00
Slappin Da Bass73.758342.75
Wet Hookers63.759328.75

Fosnow’s Freak breaks the tie on Stockton

If you thought stop #3 on Truman was hot, yikes!  78 at launch, water temps in the mid 80’s and an air temp over 100 degrees at awards had all 80 of us and the most of the bass a little stunned.

Another grinder derby was the dock talk as many anglers who prefished were finding numbers but not much quality.  Those who found both were very quiet about it. The dog days lived up to their name as our FPA (fish-per-angler) was 3.25 and only 39% of the 80-person field (a new Stockton kayak tournament record!) submitted a limit of bass.

In the end, we had a tie for first broken by Jared Fosnow’s absolute Stockton Lake Freak, a 22″ largemouth he said hit a spook early Saturday morning.  Here are your top ten for the 2022 MoYak Stop #4 Stockton Lake presented by Everhart’s Outdoors and hosted by The Bait Shop.

  1. Jared Fosnow 83″
  2. Troy Enke 83″
  3. Chris Robbs 79.5″
  4. Chad Davison 79.25″
  5. Micah Funderburgh 78.75″
  6. Scott Kroger 78.25″
  7. Lance Burris 77″
  8. Tyy Ward 76.25″
  9. Zach Woolverton 75″
  10. Chris Moyher 73.25″

Team Winners

  1. COMO Crushers (Chris Robbs & Chad Davison) 158.75″
  2. Burrito Banditos (Richie McMichael & Troy Enke) 154″

Let’s see how the top five figured it out;

What was your strategy going into the day.

Jared – The plan was to throw topwater until daylight then to make laps up and down a series of bluff points and small cuts in the bluff working a jig and shakey head. With hopes of being in the right places at the right times to get in on the schooling fish busting shad like practice.

Troy – The forecast that I saw said clouds most of the day.  I tied on several topwater lures and just went fishing.

Chris – My strategy was to stay in the creek channels near deeper water, I figured between the heat and the water dropping they would want to be near deeper water. I also wanted to cover water quickly in the morning while the fish were shallower and more active because I had a feeling that once the sun was up and the heat turned on, the bite was going to slow down. Part two of the plan was to when the bite slowed, so would I, then start picking apart the areas similar to where I was getting bites or go back to areas where I got bit.

Chad – It seemed like the bass were feeding up on baitfish, and I felt like the early topwater bite would be critical.  I had 4 rods rigged up with various topwater baits.

Micah – Fish shallow flats and secondary points early targeting bass feeding on shallow baitfish and then I didn’t really have a plan after that.

Were you able to prefish and did you find anything that helped you on game day?

Jared – My first time bass fishing Stockton was last weekend. I got about 6 hours of prefishing in but on a totally different arm of the lake. But it really helped me narrow down the baits that were working and structure that was holding fish. It was probably one of the best days of fishing I’ve ever had. Mid morning I found some above average size fish schooling up and busting shad in the middle of two large pockets/small coves. There would be 3-5 fish completely out of the water at one time busting shad. It was a unreal bite that lasted for just over an hour before the wind shut it down. One thing I found was that dragging the Shakey Head worm and football jig instead of shaking or hopping them was really key to getting bites. The smallies I caught wanted it almost sitting still.

Troy – No

Chris – I was able to pre-fish. I got down to the lake later Thursday evening and got in the water for just an hour or two just to try and get a feel for it. Went to another area early Friday morning to do some recon and found a pattern early in the morning and then just covered a lot of water the rest of the morning to find similar areas where I had found bites and to rule out as much water as possible. What I think was the biggest help was actually ruling out as much water as I did within the area, which helped me stay focused on the areas where I got bites come tournament day.

Chad – I did prefish on Friday, and I had a really bad practice only catching one bass and losing a few.   The topwater bite was the only thing I had success with.

Micah – Since it was my first tournament I made it a point to get a good day of prefishing in earlier that week. I pretty much did exactly what I did when I prefished because it worked.

What was your best finish before this one?

Jared – This was my first bass tournament on Stockton. 20 years ago I did take the win over some buddies on a weekend camping/walleye trip 🙂

Troy – 6th in 2020

Chris – Stockton has probably been my best lake since I started fishing MoYak in 2020. I believe in 2020 I had like a 20th place finish there and then last year I also cashed a check with a 4th place finish.

Chad – I had a 2nd place finish last year – tied for 1st but lost the tiebreaker.

Micah – First tournament

What was the general tackle you used to win?

Jared

  • Heddon Super Spook in Chrome/Pink with the saltwater hooks replaced with Gamakatsu TGW trebles.
  • 3/8 oz CrockO-Gator Head Knocker buzzbait with the factory old school Black skirt and Gold blade.
  • Zoom Magnum Finesse worm in Green Pumpkin on a 1/4 oz Crock-O-Gator Shaker Football Head. I dyed the last 3/4” of the tail with Chart Spike-It and also lathered it in Garlic Smelly Jelly.
  • Dobyns Spotted Bass Special jig in PB&J living rubber with a Strike King Rage Craw trailer in Green Pumpkin Purple Swirl.
  • Rainy Day Jigs hand tied Grey bucktail/hackle jig for casting to suspended fish using LiveScope.  All thrown on Ark Invoker Pro and Ark Essence rods with Daiwa Tatula reels spooled with Seaguar Invizx fluorocarbon.

Troy – 1/2 oz white buzzbait with a gold blade, 3/8 oz Misfit hand-tied jig with beaver trailer, Whopper Plopper (Bone), 1/2 oz Jackhammer black and blue with a rage menace trailer

Chris – Got on them early with a buzz bait. Spent the rest of the day dragging a jig and a worm looking for upgrades.

Chad – All of my fish except one was on a topwater popper wrapped in Crankwraps Spotted Tail Shiner.  The other was on a fluke when the fish missed the popper.

Micah – 7ft spinning rods with top waters and then mostly deep cranks and drops shot later in the day.

Anything else special about the day? Big Bass Story?

Jared – A couple things.

The First would be making the last-minute decision Friday evening to fish it or not because of the forecasted temps. On Thursday afternoon the AC quit for the third time on my truck. Which was a tough choice knowing I had already made the hard decision to scrap my practice location and fish brand new water I had never seen. Deciding to not let the heat get me down and then having that area pay off after the hours I put into researching it was pretty special.

Next would is getting to see/talk to all the guys and gals at the awards. It just never seems to be enough time to see and talk to everyone. Getting to meet new people and catching up with friends we don’t get to see much is the part I have always enjoyed the most over the years while traveling all over the country for crappie and bass events.

The coolest part of the whole day but also a little bit disappointing. I was about 10 minutes into the morning and maybe 50 yards from the ramp. I was throwing topwater just off the bushes along the bank when I heard some fish blow up behind me. When I turned the kayak around I saw what looked like a stump sticking out of the water with the moonlight shining on it. It later turned out in the daylight to be a 15’-20’ tree that had washed up in the shallow water. I picked up the Spook and made a cast to the right of it and then to the left. Just as it made it past the “stump” it got slurped under and it got me wrapped up in the tree. I see-sawed it back and forth a few times and it came right up and out of the water. Not much of a fight really until it hit the net. A little disappointing because it would have been cool to see it happen in the daylight but probably a good thing I didn’t see how big it was which could have led me to do something different than what I did.

Troy – I went up a creek and found a channel swing with a pocket of deep water and a bunch of brush.  I threw the buzzbait near the brush and began the retrieve and a bass blew up on it but didn’t get it.  I was about 10 feet from the brush and my trolling motor was taking me right into it, I threw in again and brought it close, the fish smashed it again and now I had a problem. I had to fight the fish and get the Xi3 remote in my other hand and turn on spot lock before I hit the tree. About that time the fish lunged and the reel malfunctioned and I had an immediate backlash…. CRAP.  I then had to reel through the backlash and try to net the fish.  It was a clown car sh*t show.  Danny Johnson was right around the corner from me.  I’m sure he heard me having a come-apart.

Chris – One good thing about the extra early start was getting to see the entire sunrise, it was a beautiful morning sky. Also got to spend some time talking and goofing off with the other guys at the boat launch which is always fun.

Chad – I was really impressed with my team partner, Chris Robbs.  He located the area that was holding fish for us which led to both of us cashing a check and getting the team win. My big bass was the last bass I caught of the day.  It was 18″ and I caught it at 7:04am.  I couldn’t get anything going after that.

Micah – No

See any wildlife worth mentioning?

Jared – Other than the 1742 deer I dodged on my 1 1/2 hour drive down to the lake. I did get to see a water snake eating a small frog along a bluff.

TroyA wild Croc

Chris – No

Chad – No

Micah – I saw a family of otters during my prefish and the momma otter tried to chase down my top water.

Lose any bigguns?

Jared – Just one in the 15 1/2”-16” range on the Spook when trying to reach the net to the wrong side of the boat to land it.

Troy – I lost 3 on topwater but I don’t think they would’ve helped-at least that’s what I’m telling myself, lol.

Chris – No

Chad – I caught 6 and lost 1 – seemed like a good one, but no idea how big it was.

Micah – My first fish of the day hit about 4 feet from the yak and, as I was fumbling around for the net he came off… She wasn’t massive but definitely would have helped my cause. Learned to put my net in a better spot.

How far did you have to travel to find your fish, what depth range did you target and are you willing to share the general area of the lake you chose? What was your water temp/clarity?

Jared – I covered about a 3/4 mile stretch of bluffs and went back to some key points and cuts several times throughout the day. Not 100% sure but I believe it was the Big Sac arm. Kind of mid-lake.

On the bluff points and cuts, the key was 8’ to 12’. That seemed to be where the drop-off was into deeper water. They were holding on top of the drop early and then suspended just over the edge of the drop-off later in the day.

The schooling fish were mostly in 25+ feet of water and I caught several right out in the main lake channel in 45+ feet of water. I would motor to where I saw them busting and then used the LiveScope to stay on the bigger schools of shad that had bass under them. I would wait for the bass to start breaking them up and push them to the surface.

I would call it pretty clear and over a foot of visibility but I’m used to fishing in the mud at Truman. Not sure on temp. I am replacing my 9” Garmin with a new Humminbird but ran out of time to get it installed before this event and I don’t have a temp sensor on the 1222 LiveScope unit.

Troy – I launched in the Son’s creek area south of Ruark and went upstream about a mile then worked my way back to the ramp and tried to fish anything that looked juicy.  We had about 6 inches of visibility and a ton of bait.  Around 10 am I began fishing the rip-rap and landed 3 upgrades in five casts on the buzzbait.  Then I fished about 2 miles toward main lake hitting cuts and coves and trying to get as many casts as I could.  Spot lock helped me in the wind and I was able to get one upgrade on the jig by picking a main lake pocket full of laydowns apart with it.  I think I traveled around 5 miles total.

Chris – It was about a 30 minute drive from where me and my teammate Chad stayed. I chose to fish a creek arm off of the main lake and just started covering as much water as possible from close to where I launched. Super shallow up against the bank in the morning then anywhere between 8-16 feet the rest of the day.
Water Temp: 83-86 degrees
Clarity: 2-3 feet visibility

Chad – I didn’t go far from the ramp.  Upper end of the lake. Topwater – pretty shallow.   Water was mid-80s and less than 2′ of visibility

Micah – About a 10 min peddle to my starting spot, fished a smaller finger in the upper lake portion. I caught almost all my fish in 1-3 ft of water early and then failed to locate/catch them after that.

Did the weather affect your bite?

Jared – It affected where I ended up fishing. I was on much better quality fish last Saturday while prefishing the Mutton Creek area. But with the predicted winds out of the Southwest I knew the other area would probably be unfishable. So I spent several hours each night studying maps and google earth at the end of the week trying to find something that would setup the same as what I found last weekend.

Troy – I was hoping for more clouds and was very thankful when they covered up the sun.  My Hobie’s air conditioner has never worked.  The wind was fishable where I was and I can’t say enough good things about spot lock.  I’m very happy with that purchase so far.  It’s not going to beat Burris in a drag race but sometimes the tortoise wins.  Let’s just hope I don’t get too comfortable standing up while cruising along at 3 mph and end up turtling the whole yak.

Chris – The hot sun getting up in that clear sky definitely slowed things down for me, but I was still able to catch fish throughout the day.

Chad – Early morning was key – once the sun was high, it got tough.  I thought the wind would help, but didn’t help me.

Micah – The heat and wind definitely didn’t help.

Do you plan to fish the remaining MoYak schedule?

Jared – I try to fish everyone I can but between work and chasing my youngest daughter around a couple states for traveling volleyball and soccer it makes it tough. I do have several weeks of vacation left I need to start using so maybe Pomme, Bull Shoals and for sure the state championship on Table Rock.

Troy – Norfork will depend on the weather.  I should be able to make the rest if my elbow doesn’t fail me again.

Chris – That is the plan. My goal is to crack that top 10 in AOY and I am currently hovering just outside of it and need to get rid of 1 or maybe 2 scores that I currently have to get that done with all these great anglers we have!

Chad – Definitely

Micah – I plan on being at Norfolk and Pomme but my schedule won’t line up for the other events.

Derby Stats
Anglers 80
Fish caught – 260
Total limits – 31 (39%)
Margin of victory – 0″
Smallest Bass Award – Nathan Head 3.5″
Air temp at launch – 78
Air temp at takeout – 101
Water temps reported – Mid 80’s

Trash Fish Winner – Steve Earls

Results — 2022 Stockton

TeamInchesBig BassPlacePoints
Jared Fosnow831394.00
Troy Enke832386.00
Christopher Robbs79.53377.50
Chad Davison79.254372.25
Micah Funderburgh78.755366.75
Scott Kroger78.256362.25
Lance Burris777357.00
Tyy Ward76.258352.25
Christopher Moyher73.2510341.25
Cody Huffman73.2511338.25
Broc Van Tassell7312335.00
Zachary Armstrong71.513330.50
Richie McMichael71.514327.50
Levi Cline69.7515322.75
Stony Floyd69.516320.50
Mike Dent69.2517318.25
Steve Van Tassell68.2518315.25
Michael Sandlin67.519312.50
Mike Keafer66.7520309.75
Jeremy Truitt66.2521307.25
Darian Beedle64.522303.50
Josh Keatts62.7523299.75
Jake Bollinger62.2524297.25
Lance Irwin61.7525294.75
Nathan Head6126292.00
Brandon Heimericks59.527288.50
Eric Easter59.528286.50
Trevor Motzkus59.2529284.25
Dorman Hughey57.530280.50
Frankie Miller5631277.00
Kerry Evans55.7532274.75
Jason Shifflett54.533271.50
Steve Earls53.534268.50
Brandon Locke5336264.00
Jerry Cornelius51.2537260.25
Joe Mersky47.538254.50
Tommy Probst44.539249.50
Michael Smith4440247.00
Stacy Jordan41.7541242.75
Lawrence Dent41.542240.50
Dave Neal40.2543237.25
Jacob Johnson39.7544234.75
Ryan Reed39.545232.50
Michael Cornelius38.7546229.75
Sam Young2948216.00
Chad Fleer28.549213.50
Danny Johnson27.7550210.75
Erik Fischer27.2551208.25
Trevor Fanning2452203.00
Tyler Myers23.7553200.75
Joe Walters22.554197.50
Joe Hayes21.7555194.75
Donald Schwartz19.556190.50
Anthony Brown1857187.00
Frankie Dailey1658183.00
Jacob High13.2559178.25
Jason Payne1360176.00
Jake Pruett1261173.00
Mike Tichenor11.2562170.25
Jordan Albers064155.00
Angela Carman065153.00
Christopher Cramsey066151.00
James Curtis067149.00
Zo Gingerich068147.00
Ryan Groeller069145.00
Jay Harman070143.00
Kyle Harvey071141.00
Shannon Jernigan073137.00
Preston Maples074135.00
Billy Schlobohm075133.00
James Shoemaker076131.00
Stephen Sisk077129.00
Mark Springer078127.00
Patrick Troutman079125.00
James Wilson080123.00

Results — 2022 Stockton Team

TeamInchesBig BassPlacePoints
CoMo Crushers158.751460.75
Burrito Banditos1542451.00
Dink Whisperers151.53443.50
Team Bonafide143.754430.75
Wet Hookers124.255406.25
BassAckwards120.256398.25
The Chatter Boys116.507390.50
Shake & Bake106.258376.25
Double D’s999365.00
Western MO Sticks98.2510360.25
Crankin & Spankin9011349.00
Slappin Da Bass81.2512337.25
Bourbon and Bass7413327.00
RoosterCat72.514322.50
Hookset Ninjas69.2515316.25
The Midwest Sticks63.516308.50
Bassless Chaps27.2718268.27
Reel Amateurs019239.00

Early Summer Sizzler on Truman

The third stop of the 2022 MoYak Lake Series was a scorcher! Sixty degrees at launch and a forecast of mid 90’s greeted 89 MoYak anglers at this early June event on Truman Lake.

With the lake flooded 11 feet and a quiet practice for many, this one was set up to be a grind. The numbers bore this out as we had an FPA (fish-per-angler) of 3.72 and 46% of the field submitting a limit of bass. By comparison, at our2021 June Truman event 82 anglers were fortunate to put 4.02 (FPA) on the leaderboard with, again, 46% of the field fielding a limit. It’s the start of a troubling trend for Truman in June if you look back to 2020 where we had 58% of the 78 yaks with limits, Jim Harding breaking 100″ and an FPA of 4.97.

Not only did we have to deal with the elements and a fish population in transition, but connectivity issues plagued most of the field all day. Several anglers reported their inability to get fish submitted—even though their phones showed bars of 5G service!

The top of the field found a way to overcome these obstacles—with yours truly coming out on top. Here are your top ten for the 2022 MoYak Stop #3 Truman Lake presented by Everhart’s Outdoors and hosted by Bucksaw Marina.

  1. Troy Enke 87″
  2. Lance Irwin 82″
  3. Trevor Motzkus 81″
  4. Chad Davison 80.5″
  5. Johnathan Dominguez 79.75″
  6. Jeremy Truitt 79″
  7. Chris Robbs 78″
  8. Frankie Dailey 77.5″
  9. Joe Hayes 77.5″
  10. Cole Armer 77.25″

Team Winners

  1. Burrito Banditos (Richie McMichael & Troy Enke) 162.5″
  2. COMO Crushers (Chris Robbs & Chad Davison) 161.25″
  3. Shake & Bake ( Lance Irwin & Tommy Probst) 150″
Three 20’s were caught with Broc VanTassel coming away with Big Bass Honors for his 21.5″ largemouth.

Let’s see how the top five figured it out;

What was your strategy going into the day.

Troy – Truman has always been a mystery to me so this time I just decided to enjoy the fact that we were not dodging lightning bolts and hailstones and instead just go fish.

Lance – Fishing shallow in a small area for less bits but bigger fish

Trevor – My main strategy going in was to ride out the topwater bite; throwing a buzz bait and popper, until it quit, and then junk fish after that. The top water bite didn’t pan out, so I picked up my flipping stick and went to work.

Chad – Start off early with Head Knocker buzzbait on flooded grassy areas – my topwater bite from practice wasn’t there. Caught 2 on a fluke.

Johnathan – I really had no strategy. Just came with an open mind set and was going to fish as hard as I could.

Were you able to prefish and did you find anything that helped you on game day?

Troy – I usually fish the Pomme arm but with the lake up so high and lots of muddy water, I decided to try spots nearer the dam area.  I only had a few hours to practice, with most of that visiting ramps and checking water clarity.

Lance – I pre-fished the weekend before the tourney. I was able to find fish but was unsure how much the water would drop before the tournament. My pre-fishing did help my confidence but didn’t help me to replicate the same bite.

Trevor – I was not able to pre-fish due to work, but I did come up the night before and look at boat ramps, along with attempting to find cell service opportunities for a few hours. Where I chose to put in, I knew it would be more of my style of fishing, and I ran with it.

Chad – Absolutely – found an area that was holding some better fish – caught 2 in practice and left so I didn’t know what it’s full potential would be.

Johnathan – I fished Truman 2 weeks prior to the event. Other than that there wasn’t much prefishing.

What was your best finish before this one?

Troy – I’ve never had a top twenty here before this. 24th out of 79 in 2020 was my previous best.

Lance – 7th in 2020

Trevor – I had never fished Truman in my life before Saturday morning. This was only my third MO-Yak live tournament.

Chad – 1st in 2021

Johnathan – Before this event there has been no best events. It’s been more like catch one fish and go home with your tail between your legs. Truman is a different animal.

What was the general tackle you used to win?

Troy – Funkbuster buzzbait (white) with gold blade, Jackhammers 1/2oz white with white trailer and 3/8oz green pumpkin with blue swirl rage menace trailer

Lance – Megabass top water and Blaukat jig

Trevor – I flipped numerous baits but the only things I could get a bite on was the trusty Brush Hog and Pit Boss. Most catches were on heavy braid and a big tungsten weight. I did catch a pair on a big worm and a flipping jig.

Chad – All of best 5 fish caught flipping a Crock-O-Gator Muskrat in GP/Blue Swirl

Johnathan – I started early with a Buzbait and was able to get a couple bites. Quickly switched over to a bladed jig. My best bite came flipping a secondary point with a MOtion Fishing HawgIlla.

Anything else special about the day? Big Bass Story?

Troy – Special? Can’t beat the outcome. Nothing better than being able to share a win with family over the phone on the drive home. My biggest bass came at the very back of a creek in about a foot of water under a rootwad of an inside channel swing. She crushed the chatterbait soon as it hit the water.

Lance – My big bass was DQ. I took three 1 second videos instead of photos. This is a good reminder for everyone to check your photos before you release your fish. Other than that, I fished clean.

Trevor – I was fortunate enough to have my wife along on the trip, and it was great to do well after I got her up at 4 AM. I know the day was hectic for everyone as far as service and submitting fish, but my plan to get off the water early and find service worked in the end. I was able to fish fairly clean, only losing one keeper
and a spinnerbait. Not really any big bass, but I did catch a 22’’ walleye flipping bushes.

Chad – I feel like current flow had changed. My area dirtied up overnight, bite changed, and more trash in the water. I think they may have slowed or stopped flow temporarily and backwashed into my area.

Lost my 2nd biggest fish – was in the boat and then it wasn’t. Funny video of it on my FB/IG pages

See any wildlife worth mentioning?

Troy – I was visited by a 4lb drum at around 2 pm on the end of my chatterbait as I drug it past a laydown. My heart can’t take that kind of crap. #Gooooooooo

Lance – No

Trevor – I saw more carp than I had ever seen in my life.

Chad – Nope

Johnathan – No

Lose any bigguns?

Troy – I lost one at the boat that would have probably given me 90+

Lance – Just the DQ

Trevor – Just one small one, possibly 12”. I was very fortunate.

Chad – Yes, see above

Johnathan – No

How far did you have to travel to find your fish, what depth range did you target and are you willing to share the general area of the lake you chose?

Troy – Dam area. Tried to fish shaded cover in 4 feet or less. My spot was about a half mile from the ramp.

Lance – I caught all my fish within 300 yards of where I launched in 1-5 ft.

Trevor – I fished the southern end of the lake, most of my fish were within a mile or so from my ramp. But I covered almost 7.5 miles. I wasn’t too worried about depth; I was more worried about finding bushes that were submerged up by the bank, or any bush/brush that had the top out of the water. Most of my fish all came off of bushes that had a few leaves out of the water, or I could visibly see the top just underneath the surface. With the water clarity I was dealing with, I had to have dropped it right on some of them.

Chad – Lower lake, dam area in 3-6′

Johnathan – Grand River arm. Typically fishing the creek I was in is like playing plinko with kayak but since the water was so high I was able to save some time crossing a peninsula. Early I was just staying in an area where I was seeing fish bust. I was in about 11ft of water fishing a shallow area with flooded brush.

Did the weather affect your bite?

Troy – It forced me to the shade and luckily the bass were there too. I caught fish steadily—about every 20-30 min—throughout the day with my last ~3″ upgrade coming in the last 5 minutes.

Lance – I would say yes. Bluebird sky had me fishing a jig for the last four hours of the day. I would normally not do that. I caught three upgrades with the jig.

Trevor – I believe so, I had a decent limit by 7:30 and then the heat turned up. I went almost 3 hours after that without any bites. I caught my last fish around 1:15. I only managed 8 Bass, a walleye and a white bass, the heat definitely affected the bite.

Chad – As sun got higher bite got tougher.

Johnathan – Yes, once the sun came out the bite slowed down alot. Later in the afternoon the wind picked up and that seemed to help the afternoon bite.

Do you plan to fish the remaining MoYak schedule?

Troy – Only if Josh delivers perfect weather and feeds us properly. We’ve suffered long enough. 😛

Lance – Absolutely

Trevor – I currently plan on fishing all Monthly and live MoYak tournaments the rest of the year.

Chad – 100%

Johnathan – I am hoping to make all the events this year!

Derby Stats
Anglers 89
Fish caught – 331
Total limits – 41 (46%)
Margin of victory – 5″
Smallest Bass Award – Zachary Armstrong 8.5″
Air temp at launch – 60
Air temp at takeout – 93
Water temps reported – Mid 80’s

Trash Fish Winner – Jake Johnson

Results — Truman Lake

TeamInchesBig BassPlacePoints
Troy Enke871396.00
Lance Irwin822386.00
Trevor Motzkus813380.00
Chad Davison80.54374.50
Johnathan Dominguez79.755368.75
Jeremy Truitt796364.00
Christopher Robbs787359.00
Frankie Dailey77.58354.50
Joe Hayes77.59350.50
Cole Armer77.2510346.25
Joe Walters76.7511342.75
Kerry Evans75.7513335.75
Richie McMichael75.514332.50
Cody Huffman75.2515329.25
Broc Van Tassell7516330.00
Jake Pruett7517325.00
Preston Maples74.7519320.75
Brandon Heimericks73.2520317.25
Tyy Ward71.7522311.75
Danny Johnson7123309.00
Joe Mersky70.7524306.75
Jason Shifflett70.525304.50
Eric Easter6927299.00
Levi Cline68.7528296.75
Tommy Probst6829294.00
Michael Cornelius6830292.00
Erik Fischer6731289.00
Garrett Reid66.2532286.25
Steve Earls6633284.00
Ryan Reed65.2534281.25
Kyle Savner65.2535279.25
Sam Young6536277.00
Zachary Armstrong63.7537273.75
Michael Sandlin63.538271.50
Dave Neal63.539269.50
Stony Floyd6240266.00
Darian Beedle60.541262.50
Nathan Head6042260.00
Scott Kroger59.2543257.25
Jay Harman5644252.00
Jacob Johnson54.2545248.25
James Iken52.546244.50
Ryan Groeller50.2548238.25
Michael Smith48.549234.50
Christopher Moyher4850232.00
Jerry Cornelius44.551226.50
Anthony Brown39.7552219.75
Robert Bruewer38.2553216.25
Lance Burris37.7554213.75
Josh Keatts35.555209.50
Shannon Jernigan33.2556205.25
Frankie Miller3257202.00
Adam Witte2958197.00
Mason Brock28.559194.50
James Wilson27.7560191.75
James Curtis27.561189.50
Brandon Locke27.2562187.25
Donald Schwartz25.564181.50
Matt Yates24.2565178.25
Stacy Jordan19.7566171.75
Jacob High1567165.00
Ryan Mackey14.7568162.75
Christopher Cramsey14.569160.50
Mike Tichenor13.2570157.25
Chad Hartman12.7571154.75
Jason Payne1272152.00
William Atchison073138.00
Jake Bollinger074136.00
Anthony Byers075134.00
Angela Carman076132.00
Clifton Crib077130.00
Mike Dent078128.00
Dorman Hughey079126.00
Mike Keafer080124.00
Andrew Leotaud081122.00
Aaron Noble082120.00
Nicholas Robinson084116.00
Phil Schaefer085114.00
Billy Schlobohm086112.00
James Shoemaker087110.00
Jennings Sirmon088108.00
Brett Walker089106.00

Results — 2022 Truman Team

TeamInchesBig BassPlacePoints
Burrito Banditos162.51465.50
CoMo Crushers161.252459.25
Shake & Bake1503443.00
The Midwest Sticks148.254436.25
Slappin Da Bass146.55429.50
Wet Hookers1396418.00
Honorable Mention1397414.00
Double D’s138.58409.50
BassAckwards136.259403.25
The Chatter Boys135.2510398.25
Hookset Ninjas127.7511387.75
Bassless Chaps117.2512374.25
Motor Promoters113.2513367.25
Crankin & Spankin112.514363.50
Dink Whisperers107.2515355.25
Eco Fanatics94.7516340.75
Anchor Management 294.7517338.75
Western MO Sticks51.7518293.75
Bourbon and Bass48.7519288.75
Wiggle Wart Warriors40.2520278.25
Team Bonafide37.7521273.75
Reel Amateurs022234.00