Oconee - February 8, 2014

     Finally a beautiful day weather wise to have a tournament!  The deep freeze we had been enduring had broken for a couple days prior to the tournament even though 10 days earlier the forecast was calling for snow again.  Oconee normally is a great lake to catch large crappie during February.  The water temps were not up as normal and the fish were holding back deeper waiting on the warmer days.  Most of the prefishing reports included a lot of boats with ZERO fish caught for the week leading up to the tournament.  Slab Masters members have never been known to just give up and proved it still could be done on tournament day.  14 teams entered and worked the lake from one end to the other to get active fish in the boat.  The lake was heavy stained to stained and water temps finally came up to 48 on most of the lake by mid day Saturday.  Big fish numbers were down overall with only two fish over 2 lbs being weighed-in.

     Congratulations to Robert Sellers, Tommy Sellers, and Dale Bailey who weighed in the heaviest 7 fish at 9.92 lbs. and second place big fish of 2.05 lbs.  They long line trolled various dark colored jigs at 1 MPH targeting fish holding 15-20 feet down in the upper end of the Richland Creek arm of the lake.  They said they caught well over 50 fish that day, but most were in the 1/2 to 3/4 lbs. range.  They managed to upgrade to the larger fish as the water warmed.  They said their prefishing lead them to believe that the warmest and clearest water they could find was key to getting the fish to bite.  They covered a lot of water to find those biting fish too.

     Second place was taken with 9.45 lbs. by Paul Johnson and Greg Hanson.  They stuck to the muddier part of the lake around Highway 44 bridge, but focused on the fish that had moved up higher in the water which was warmer.  They worked the mouths of the larger coves and most fish were caught 7-12 feet down on double minnow rigs only.  They said that they had found that color didn't help them so they elected to keep it simple and let the minnow do the work.

     Third place was Ricky Willis and Troy Thiel who caught 9.19 lbs. They found their fish holding above old timber in major coves around Lick Creek.  They long line trolled red/black/chartreuse and wally world (#66) Sugar Bugs working on the fish above 15 feet tipping with minnows.

     Fourth was Robert Huff and Robby Huff with 8.69 lbs. and 5th place was Randy Temples and Ricky Burgamy with 8.02 lbs.

     Big Fish was caught by Mitch Blount and weighed 2.29 lbs.  He only had two fish to weigh-in, but it would have been awesome to have seen him weigh-in 7 just like that SLAB!

     Thank you to all those who came out to participate and to those who came to watch.  Your support is greatly appreciated.  2014 is shaping up to be another great season.  The points race is under way and it will be a tight one until the end.  Best 5 out of 6 will be used to determine the overall winners.  Just because you have a low weight at one tournament doesn't take you out of contention.  Just food for thought.  The fish eat every day.  Can you catch them everyday?  Come out and show us, and learn more than you think.  You will become a better angler.

     Thank you to Sav-A-Lot BP again for their hospitality and great food.  Also, a big thank you to Taser Jigs, Slab Slobber, Crappie.com, B'n'M, Jiffy Jigs, EZT Pole Perch, Crappie Town & Bobby Garland Baits.

Click on this link for complete weigh-in results:  Oconee Feb 8, 2014