Peacock Bass, Snakeheads, Bowfin, LMB – Subscriber Fishing Tournament in Florida (October 2015)

Alligator gar – 1:22
Big bass of the day at 3:54
Peacock bass at 5:43

1st – Dominick Lauria – 4 lb 8 oz LMB – 22 inches (black senko) – $125 BPS gift card
2nd – Sean Pena – 3 lb 2 oz LMB – 18 inches (senko) – Deeper Fish Finder
3rd – Stephano de la Riva A. – 2 lb 7 oz Bowfin – 21 inches (live shiner) – $100 BPS gift card
4th – Shaun Johnson – 2 lb 4 oz Peacock Bass – 17 inches (crankbait) – $75 BPS gift card
5th – Eddie Prado – 2 lb 4 oz LMB – 17 inches (senko) – $50 BPS gift card
6th – Luke Baynham – 2 lb 2 oz LMB – 17 inches (pit boss) – $25 BPS gift card

Tourney Rules – Biggest fish wins (top 6 win prizes)
Eligible species – largemouth bass, peacock bass, bullseye snakehead, tarpon, snook, and bowfin
Minimum Size – 12 inches
Duration – 3 pm – 7 pm
Total Entrants – 54
Entry Fee – $10
Next Subscriber Tournament: November 14th, stay tuned to my channel for the location and time!

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Location: C-14 Canal (Stranahan River), Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Date: October 7th, 2015
Primary Pattern: Fishing plastics parallel to the grassline in the canal
Air Temp: High of 87 degrees, low of 80 degrees
Water Temp: 80 degrees
Water Clarity: 48 inches
Conditions: Overcast with scattered rain showers, winds from the ENE up to 9 mph
Hatcam Used: Gopro hero 4 silver (1080p, 60 FPS, medium FOV) – chesty + external audio
Scale Used: Xtoolz grip-n-weigh (now discontinued :/)

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Overview – Had an awesome time hosting my first out-of-state subscriber tournament! Decided to make it a multi-species tournament since the freshwater florida canals are teeming with a variety of cool gamefish! The C-14 canal didn’t disappoint, with a nice variety of species being caught including bullseye snakeheads, bowfin, peacock bass, and largemouth bass!

This canal isn’t known for producing large quantities of fish, but me buddy Andrew and I have hooked into some good sized snakeheads and bass in the past. The conditions were favorable for a reaction bait bite, but the majority of the fish caught came from soft plastics like senkos and creature baits.

Within the first 15 minutes of the tournament, one of the entrants flipped a brush hog to the shallow grass next to the culvert and hooked into a slob that ended up shaking the hook with it jumped. It was probably about 5 lbs or so but it was a good sign that the fishing was gonna be “off-the-hook!”

After that the action was steady and I weighed in numerous lmb, snakeheads, and bowfin, as well as a few bonus peacock bass which I’ve never caught out of this particular canal. The story of day was a young entrant who hooked into a monster 8+ lb snakehead on a jig that he wasn’t able to land due to the steep bank and thrashing behemoth.

All in all, the tournament was a big success, and I was impressed by the number of subs that showed up, considering this was only my second trip ever fishing in Florida! I’ll definitely try to host more out of state tournaments in the future to give my subs around the country a chance to enjoy some friendly competition and a chance to win some cool prizes xD