Thought I would give you a heads up on the most recent fishing tournament out of South Cove on Lake Mead.
This was the annual firefighter tourney, which is a combo striper/bass/ and catfish tournament.
The first place team had just over 74 lbs for 40 fish. Second place was 71 lbs, third place was 67 lbs. What was crazy was big fish of the tourney weighed just 3.20 lbs
Bass division was won by always good local bass angler Fred Proudfoot who's team checked in 15 bass over two days that collectively weighed just over 20 lbs. His best was a smallie that weighed 3.55 lbs. Kinda funny when the big fish of the entire tourney is a smallmouth, not some behemoth striper!
The catfish winners, and they pay just one place, was won by a team with TWO catfish that collectively weighed just over 2 lbs! And they got a nice check for that. That team weighed in just under 60 lbs of striper too.
You guys that are coming to our Stripe-R-Rama tournament on June 2 need to come down and fish in these local tournaments to get a "feel" for the fishing at this end of the lake. Or at the least come down and see what is here BEFORE that tournament. Fish are different here guys!
I'm reading your tournament results of four fish that weigh 30 lbs and that's kinda freaky!
Glad that Johnnie Hoeft our tournament director put boundaries on our tournament so we are all fishing the same part of the lake (South Cove to Temple Bar). Otherwise I bet you guys that fish the "good part" of Mead would just smoke us!
Anyway, looking forward to meeting my fishing brothers whose passion for stripers are like mine! Someday I'd like to come up there to your water and see how you guys do it!
My gig down here is numbers, plain and simple. If we get 50 fish a night, that is considered slow for us. We've had 200+ fish nights here on occasion. Course our average will be 1.5 lbs.
Get a number of 3+ fish and you are the MAN!
Last year my private big fish contest was won by Mohave Valley resident Jim Rich with a striper that went just under 5 lbs! And we brought in over 2,000 fish during the summer, so as you can see, we caught a lot of fish! Our big bag total was in the mid 70's (40 fish) and those anglers won a trip for two this year. Our big catfish in the contest weighed just under 5 lbs.
Anyway guys, come on down and fish with us on Stripe-R-Rama on June 2. And remember my offer to stay the night before or after at my Meadview fishing camp. I've got a fish cleaning station, ice machine and power washer at El Campo De Pescado that is available for you guys for no cost!
See you out on the water!
Capt. Don Martin