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Rob Bueltmann and Ben Verhoef, Win Anglers in Action Tournament of Champions

Tournament Results On November 3, 2019

General Information
Date November 3, 2019 Reporter Bob
Number of Boats 187 Location PB2 Lake of the Ozarks
Weather/Water Conditions
Water Temperature 58-61 Sky Sunny n Moderate Wind
Air Temperature 30's-50 Generation Heavy
Tournament Results
Placement Angler(s) Name Total Keepers Total Weight
1st Place Rob Bueltmann and Ben Verhoef 10 (2) Days 33.39
2nd Place Joe Waggoner and BJ Davis 10 (2) Days 32.62
3rd Place John Taylor and Mark Wilson 10 (2) Days 30.21
Big Bass Award
1st Place Big Bass Winner Name Big Bass Weight
Tournament Notes

What an awesome tournament championship on Lake of the Ozarks.   187 of the very best mid west team tournament anglers.   The bite on Lake of the Ozarks has been tough the past few weeks, with fluctuating water levels, crazy weather conditions and varying water clarity due to rains and water generation.   The typical great November bite, top water, spinner baits and finesse jigs on big black rocks on main lake and creeks has not showed up yet, flipping creature baits, jigs and fishing spinner baits/top water baits behind docks just inside of main lake points docks has not turned on yet and while there are a lot of bait fish in the backs of creeks, that bite, while you can catch numbers the real big ones are few.

Rob and Ben caught most of their winning fish on the E-Factor Jig, E-Factor Spinner Bait, Crock-o-Gator Buzz Bait, Chompers Davenport Special Jig and the A-Rig near or around brush on secondary points just outside of back of creeks or side pocket creeks in 12′-15′ of water.

The anglers were more forthcoming with their patterns and baits today as this was the last day of the tournament.

Most of the quality fish were caught on top water baits, the Crock-o-Gator Head Knocker Buzz Bait 3/4 Oz black w gold blade and the Whopper Plopper in Bone color worked the best on main lake big black rock banks or big rock/bluff banks in big coves with wind and shade and also behind docks.

The E-Factor Spinner Bait and Strike King Spinner bait also caught big fish and big bags today.  Mostly with painted blades and varying willow blades, also on main lake banks and points as well as banks and points in coves with big wind.  The key to catching big fish with the spinner this weekend, was to let the spinner sink to the bottom and then slow roll it just off the bottom on the retrieve.

There were also big fish caught on the Chompers 5/8 Brush Jig, Davenport Special color in 12′-15′ brush and skipping that bait behind docks just inside of main lake bluff end points.  The Crock-o-Gator 1/2 oz jig also caught big ones on same pattern as well as fishing it on on main lake bluff ledges.

Overall, the spinner bait, buzz bait, whopper plopper, chatter bait and Chompers/Crock-o-Gator Jigs caught most of the big fish this weekend.   The Alabama Rig was also a key bait for big fish but not lots of numbers or consistency of big bites.

Rattle Trap and Crank Baits in the backs of coves caught quality fish and numbers in some creeks with lots of bait fish.



Tournament Photos

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