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ABM closed out the fall season last night with the last FREE Tuesday night tournament of the year.  They really did it up right with BBQ sandwiches and all the fixins, plus a cooler of cold drinks, all for free.

I will miss this format, 3 hours and 3 fish - they had 27 teams last night and I heard 22 of those teams brought their 3 fish to the scales.  

For the report:

Arrived at Mansfield to find cloudy, windy and rainy conditions stemming from a cold front that just pushed it's way through.  Had to dig in the boat and pull out the rain gear and off I went.  For the last 2 weeks I have been fishing marinas around the Mansfield and lower basin area, to maximize my 3 hours of fishing time, and I am too lazy to put gas in the boat.

With the wind blowing like crazy and the cloud cover it really made for ideal conditions to try to get a spinner bait bite going.  Stanley makes a "compact model" spinner bait that sells at Academy.  This has been my go to blade this fall, and I have caught a ton of fish on it, however haven't been able to get the bigger bites on it.  Last night I threw it around some shallow docks and ledges and put keeper #1 in the boat in the first 5 casts or so.  Right at 2Lbs.

http://www.fishstanley.com/compactsbt.html

Continued tossing the blade and caught a few short fish on it but the keeper bite was missing.  Went to the trusty old Kinami Flash(small 1/16 ounce weight - 3/0 hook) and had another keeper in about twice as many casts.  I was really focusing in on 4 docks and ledges and kept beating up the same water, so giving them something new to look at seemed to trigger a better bite.  Last keeper came on the Kinami Flash:

http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Kinami_Flash_5_7pk/descpage-KF.html#multiview

So that gave me a small three fish limit and I picked up the Stanley Ribbit, kicked the trolling motor on high and went to covering water in the last 20 minutes of light.  Culled up with a solid 2lber that replaced a squeaker 14" fish I had caught earlier.  Straight braid, 6/0 hook and the ribbit.  Only had one blow up but it helped to improve my bag a little:

http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Stanley_Ribbit_35_5pk/descpage-SR.html#multiview

I was asked a few times what I had weight wise and I said should be right at 6lbs for 3 fish.  Got to the scales and it was 5.99, not good enough for a Top 6 finish but a great time and really an enjoyable evening on the water, despite the rain.

Hope this helps yall, the fish should stay on this pattern all the way into late fall and the topwater bite should continue to improve as we see water temps now in the mid 70's.

Again, big thanks to Austin Boats & Motors and all the hard work and effort they put into running this deal.  Early plans are to start them back up in the spring with the time change.
 

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Great report Terry. I know that rain gear keeps you dry since it was mine and I spent most of the night with out it lol. We hit the same pattern but fished with Watermelon red flake Senkos and caught all of our fish in about 6-12 feet of water. 5.05 was our three fish total, thanks again to Austin Boats and Motors
 

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Thanks Terry for the great report. Also, to ABM, who really knows how to tease for the upcoming season. We also had the Travis special, 5.90 lbs. We caught our keepers on a crank, a megatail, and a senko. Looking forward to this thing picking back up in the spring. I guess maybe I should consider stopping by ABM since I never have...Cheers!
 

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Travis kicked Booker and I in the nuts last night as well as we ended up with 3 for 6.22 pounds.

We found some chunky fish Sunday and were going to make the run to them; but after passing Devil's and seeing the weather coming in decided to stay closer and trash fish some new areas. All our fish were caught on TX rigged plastics (Senko, RattleSnake and 10" worms).

The 3 fish format is a nice change of pace as it really is anyone's game out there. Thanks to ABM for hosting these and look forward to see what they have in store for 2011.
 

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This was my first ABM T but hopefully won't be my last.  Mark and I had a really good time even though we were thoroughly soaked, cold and only came to the scales with 5+ pounds.  We caught keepers consistently from start to finish, mostly on jigs and pretty much everywhere we stopped.  The big bite just never appeared.  We missed a few, mostly due to the lack of feeling with the cold rain and the wind bouncing us around.  

It was great catching up with a bunch of folks I hadn't seen in a while.  Thanks again to Austin Boats and Motors for putting on such a great grass roots event.
 

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Thanks Terry for the awesome report.  Pete and I headed up to Hurst Creek where he found some fish earlier in the week.  Unfortunately, I broke off two on CRigs in about 20' and we managed to only come back with 2 keepers.  I'm kicking myself for not using heavier line. Pete also had a keeper he failed to stick good.  We got bit on rattlesnakes, powerworms senkos and creek critters.  We have alot to learn but we sure appreciate the tips and helpful information from all you anglers...Se you on the water!
 

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I would like to personally thank ABM for putting on these tournaments. Even though I only attended one, I thought the format was awesome and I had a great time. I was also able to meet a few new folks on the forum, which is always a good thing. I also thought the tournament ran very smoothly, and everything was up and up in my opinion. I look forward to attending any of their tournaments they may put on in the future.

Thanks again Austin Boats & Motors for a great time:  
;)  Doug  ;)
 

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173822393D3422227C1F7C10242225383F510 said:
Doug, put your glasses back on...it is AUSTIN Boats and Motors.  ;)
Thanks for the correction Jeremy. I guess I need to back off on these dang pain pills for a little while. I've been popping those babies like candy here lately, and I believe they are beginning to fog up my brain just a tad. I’ve miss read several post on here this week. Man, I’m so down on back right now, I don‘t even feel the pain in my shoulders. I’ve been to the chiropractor every day this week and it seems to be helping me a little, but I can’t even sit at my desk on this PC but for just a few minutes, then I’ve got to get off here.
I did correct my post though.
Thanks again:
Doug
 
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