“I came out around a point during practice at Lake Athens and noticed a couple fish bust at the surface and as I got closer, I realized it was a group schooling in about 8 feet of water above a hard bottom. I cast into them a couple times and caught a smaller one and then a four-pounder and could see on my MEGA 360 that it was a big group. I continued to idle around and mark these similar areas that would top out around six feet, and it was unbelievable how many fish I could see on Side Imaging in those areas all in six to twelve feet of water with a rise and a hard bottom. I wasn’t seeing as many fish on beds and I could tell that a few that I was catching were post spawn. At that point, I was committed to continuing this method and with the few hours I had left, I planned to study what I was seeing on Side Imaging while marking waypoints and graphing as much of the 1,800-acre lake as I could.”
During the final day the ten top scoring anglers made the move to Lake Athens to decide the champion. With only 12 pounds 8 ounces on the SCORETRACKER going into the final period, Ott knew he had work to do. But he was confident in the areas he was able to mark during practice. Each time he stopped during the practice round he was able to catch scoreable fish and felt he had located a few solid spots that would be productive on the final day. Little did he know that the fish that would score him the win would not come from those locations.
“I had seen a few fish on this spot under a bridge and right at the ramp during practice but didn’t catch much at that time. I had also passed it up during the tournament three times that day and on my fourth pass by I saw a group on my MEGA Side Imaging as I was going under the bridge. I told my camera man, they are right there. I just need to get them to bite.” DeFoe commented.
“I hit Spot-Lock on the Ultrex and worked from the back of the boat with the nose upwind so I could make the cast I needed to. I threw a crankbait first and could feel the bait bouncing off fish there were so many of them. I knew then this was it. On my 4th cast I caught one and then they went crazy and it blew up from that point.”