October 1, 2014
I had a good idea of how I was going to fish the final regular season event on Cayuga Lake after having competed in the B.A.S.S. Northern Open tournament on Cayuga two years earlier. I didn’t have a great Open event, but I did have some success which gave me confidence in what to look for. Before practice began I drew mental boundaries where I’d spend my three-day practice to help keep me focused. I decided to fish the shallow, vegetation-filled north end down to a few miles south of Long Point. Looking at a map this may not seem like a huge area, but Cayuga is filled with vegetation from the bank all the way out to 20 feet in a lot of areas and takes considerable time to cover. I also kept my lure selection limited—a shad colored crankbait, black Senko, 1-ounce jig, and a dropshot rig—so I could stay focused on finding the most productive water.