Lake Cherokee Wrap Up – Stetson Blaylock
Feb 17, 2017
Hey guys! It’s been a few days since the wrap up of my very first BASS Elite event on Lake Cherokee in Tennessee. It wasn’t exactly what I had in mind for my first Elite event, however the season is long and I definitely kept myself in the hunt for AOY Points. Fishing on Lake Cherokee was a lot different than I had anticipated. Not very often do I find myself scratching my head as to what is going on and this event definitely had me scattered.
Starting practice I had a game plan together of fishing deep. Little did I know there was one technique that dominated the deep fish and I totally missed the boat on that pattern. I also practiced shallow on the best day but came up empty handed in that area as well. Sometimes going into an event you have to just look at it as another day of practice and for me this was one of those events. I never nailed down something I felt confident with or that I wanted to stick to during competition.
The first day of the tournament I had a decent day and came in with about 14+ pounds of small mouth. I felt that I would be able to follow through with the same the next day but I pulled up to my starting spot and after fishing for over an hour without a keeper I went looking. Unfortunately after catching only two keepers the rest of the day I dropped in the standings and did not get to compete on the third day.
Although this event was a tough one I learned a ton about a new body of water. Now I am preparing and looking forward to my next event on Lake Okeechobee in Florida. The weather will be much better and hopefully the fishing will follow suit.