What’s that noise? Oh yeah, the alarm was blaring saying it’s 0330 & time to rise. Gotta take the dog for a walk, prior to hooking up the boat, to go fish a tournament 25 miles away. But today I’ve got company, tournament angler Don Millich, who has taken me out several times, recently sold his boat.
We pull away from the house at 0500 & stop at MD’s for breakfast to go. Arriving at the ramp the jokingly verbal abuse starts from other competitors. Millich used to live on the water we were fishing. Home town advantage?…. or hit his favorite spots that produce nothing then what? And to that add that we weren’t fishing as a team, but as opponents. At 0610 we started fishing. By 0635 I had 2 in the box caught on a toad. That bite screeched to a halt. No wind & bright sun with temperature by 0930 at 90 degrees and water temp was 91.2….time to slow down. Millich starts dragging a Senko & catches a keeper. Minutes click away as the water bottles are consumed without a bump when suddenly Millich says “I’ve got a good one”! I scrambled & moments later this massive thing surfaces & was slid into the net. The shaky head Senko was barely skin hooked in the upper mouth.
Once Millich’s behemoth was placed in the livewell he added a magic potion to help preserve the fishes liveliness. We each managed to catch 2 more but nothing compared to Millich’s fish that by the way was caught at 1000. Tournament hours ended at noon and results were as follows: 15 anglers, 43 fish caught, 1st place was Don Millich with 3 that weighed 12.16 lbs. Millich also had Big Bass that weighed 10.22 lbs. Only 3 anglers had 5 fish limits. Millich completed the on line Trophy Catch application submitting his fish. Congratulations Don Millich.
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