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Joey Back in the Northwest after Tough Red River Tournament in BASS Central Open #2

"I did my homework, pre-fished hard in 100 degree heat with 85% humidity - and when I hooked the fish I needed THEY decided not to cooperate!"

It happens to the best.  A  storm front moved in on day one of the Central Open #2 on the Red River out of Shreveport-Bossier City, LA.  That changed the bite but Joey managed to bring in a small 5-15 limit.  To his amazement, thanks to the stingy bite he was actually within reach of making the cut (top 30). 

 

Needing a decent 9 1/2 pound limit, Joey's plan was to go to his primary spot first - because he knew there were good size fish there in practice. If that didn't work out the plan was to move to secondary water.  The plan worked almost perfectly.  In his secondary spot Joey got on a deeper crankbait pattern. 

 

The first 4 pounder hit his Spro DD, but as he cranked it in it felt "funny".  The fish had embedded his line in a one inch stick and broke it on the other side.  5 minutes later the freed fish jumped just 10 feet from the boat with Joey's crankbait stuck in its face! Two additional big fish hit similarly but didn't get enough lure to keep hooked up and came unbuttoned on the way to the boat. 

 

Those three fish would have put Joey into the top 30 qualifying for day three action.  But, tournament fishing for as long as he has left him with these words, "That can happen, I know I did everything that I could do and sometimes things just don't work out.  The experience that I have gained on the Red River this year will really help me in preparing for the Federation Nation National Championships back there again."  Joey plans to be ready for them and exact some revenge on the Red River largemouth.

 

Joey sits in 40th place in points for the Central Open Series and is hoping to make a major jump in the standings after the Central Open #3 on Lake Texoma in October. 



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