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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

• FLW Tour: Red River 2011 - My Thoughts

Another major bass fishing tournament will be coming to the area. From May 19th through the 22nd, the FLW will be ripping lips on the Red. If you’ll remember, in the past, the Bassmaster Classic was held on the Red River and the WBT Championship almost hit the Red before dangerous high water moved the tournament to another area body of water. Judging by the looks of the Red River right now, we may be faced with a similar predicament. She’s up. The FLW may end up rescheduling this one just like Table Rock.

I don’t fish the river. River fishing is beyond my scope of knowledge at this point. What I can offer up in this post is what has been said in the past. Maybe it will help you get some idea for what to expect at the weigh ins. I suspect the same strategies will be used, despite the differences in weather. In the Classic, BASS anglers were fishing in cold temperatures with cold water at the end of February. The ladies in the WBT fished Cypress Black Bayou instead, but even that was in October.

Well, it’s May. Bass are a little different right now. While many of you are knee deep in spawers, down here, the spawn is essentially done. I’m sure people catch spawning fish here through Mother’s Day, but for the most part, FLW anglers will be looking at a post-spawn situation. In addition to the mood change, anglers might still face high water. With the recent storms that smacked most of the South around these past few weeks, lots of rain fell north of here. Because this is a river system, any rain that fell north of here will work its way downstream over a couple of weeks. The local forecast for the next week or so is relatively clear, but in two weeks, who knows?

In the next few paragraphs, I will discuss what essentially amounts to my thoughts in 2010. I won’t deviate from this sort of mentality this time either. Like any tournament, you just never know what you'll be up against. In terms of Fantasy Fishing, I certainly don't have any kind of home field advantage.
FLW Tour: Red River 2010 - My Thoughts

In the Classic, the much of the focus was on stump fields, but the Red is divided up, so some anglers might take risks and run either north or south. Fuel will be an issue for them. Different pools have local reputations, so I’m sure anglers are getting all the info they need to get back into some very productive areas off the beaten path. It’s been said in the past that one can catch a hefty sack of fish off of one stump alone. I really doubt much focus will be placed on fishing the main river.

In terms of lures, again, it’s a post spawn kind of bite, but jigs and crankbaits might do some serious damage. That morning bite might be just the ticket for some anglers. I’ve never read much about topwaters doing extremely well for anglers on the Red, but you know I’d be throwing something over the top. I’m not entirely sure how the vegetation is doing out there right now. The cold snap earlier this year has slowed the hydrilla on the two bodies of water I regularly fish, so I’d wager the backwaters on the Red aren’t much better. The heat down here makes a post spawn bite a little more difficult to find, so prefishing might make or break an angler’s chances at making it into the Top 10. There are some nice fish in that water. You just have to go out and find them.

Whether or not I’ll be covering any of the tournament has yet to be decided. It’s two weeks away, so at least I have time to sort something out if I can. If anyone is coming down to cover the tournament, let me know on Facebook or Twitter. I may not be able to put you on any fish, but I can put you on top of some good food, especially if you've got Northerner's taste buds like me.

NWS Hydrograph for the Red River at Shreveport