- Published on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 11:41
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Die hard bass anglers who are savvy about their skills can test them and prove their merit as hawg hunters during the Ice Breaker Tournament at Motts Reservoir on Feb. 24 and Mar. 9 in Spotsylvania. Fishing a deep sided reservoir during the late winter can be very tough. I spoke to both Ray Thomas and longtime angler and tournament organizer, Dickie Musselman, about the fishing during the Ice Breakers. Thomas says that depending on the weather the fish can move to various depths.
“Sometimes on a warm and sunny afternoon on tournament day the big female bass will move to relatively shallow water to sun and warm up.”
However, Thomas’s usual strategy is to fish deep and slow. He commented that one end of the reservoir or the other will work.
“In 7.5 hours of fishing you can fish it all if you try!”
Musselman on the other hand pointed out that he has seen bass caught in as little as two feet of water on spinnerbaits. Some were caught like that last year during the tournament he reported.
Both anglers and club members did agree that Silver Buddies, jig and pigs and other deep lures work well during these tournaments. Tubes can be especially effective. If you decide the weather warrants some shallow water fishing try spinnerbaits, jerkbaits or Rapalas.
Motts is steep-sided and tough to fish but anglers hit the scattered structure. Much of it is pallets or trees that the club members have emplaced. There are other structures there too, including rock shelving which holds heat longer than wood. There are beaver lodges and logs, as well. Some years a single fish wins and sometimes a full five fish string over 15 pounds wins.
Sunday, Feb. 24, and Mar. 9, 7:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Entry fee is $35 per team. $5 of that goes to the big fish. 70% payback with 30% going to support the wildly popular Kids Fishing Derby that introduces many kids and parents to fishing in June. There are trophies for 1st Place and the Big Fish.
Rules: Two people per boat, five fish limit culled before weigh in, live well or cooler, 10” or over, artificial baits only, no drugs or alcohol
Contact info: Ray Thomas 898-7542, Dickie Musselman 785-8087 or Steve Tinsley 752-5716.