01.Oct.2010 by Rob Newell
FLORENCE, Ala. – With each passing day, it becomes more obvious that Randy Haynes of Counce, Tenn., is the man to beat on Pickwick Lake when bass are on the ledges during summer and fall.
Haynes already has one AFS winner’s trophy on his mantel from Lake Pickwick and it looks like he is well on his way to having another one.
Today Haynes brought in another 21 pounds, 11 ounces of Pickwick largemouths to the scales to take a dominating lead of 43 pounds, 1 ounce, accumulating nearly a 9-pound margin going into Saturday’s final day of competition.
“Yesterday was a little bit of a struggle, but today, everything went my way,” Haynes said. “A couple of my places showed up; I caught them where I wanted, when I wanted.”
Haynes said his problem on day one was not being in sync in his rotation.
“Yesterday, a lot of my spots were covered up with boats and that kind of put me out of the rotation I wanted to be in in terms of being on the right spot at the right time,” Haynes said. “Today, there were a lot fewer boats on those places and I could rotate around them just like I needed and it worked out perfectly.”
Haynes revealed that wind was a big factor in both turning on the bite and opening up his water.
“That north wind was pretty hard today and it helped me tremendously,” Haynes said. “It keeps boats off the lake and off the sweet spots. When boats are not constantly pressuring those places, it really lets the fish stack up on them. When it’s calm and slick out here, everyone goes fishing and rotates around on the good stuff and it keeps those schools busted up. But when it’s windy like it was today, the fish get a lot less pressure and the fish bunch up in those current spots big time.”
In all Haynes estimates he caught about 75 fish today.
“This lake is just phenomenal right now,” he added. “I think it’s second behind Guntersville in terms of productivity on this chain of lakes. In fact, I had one spot today where I caught four of the bass I weighed in (all 4- to 5-pounders) in about 10 casts – it doesn’t get much better than that.”
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