MIKE BATES & TYE HEINEMAN TOP 52 TEAMS TO GET THEIR FIRST THURSDAY NIGHTERS WIN

MIKE BATES & TYE HEINEMAN TOP 52 TEAMS TO GET THEIR FIRST THURSDAY NIGHTERS WIN

📅14 July 2017, 00:52


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CANYON LAKE, TX – 103 degrees and 103 anglers were both present to kick off the 17th event of 2017. Welcomed storms rolled in just before the start of the tourney but bringing only some much needed wind to keep anglers from burning up. Staying hot and bringing in their 4th limit of the season that tipped the scales at 12.19 pounds which earned them their first Thursday Nighters win was the team of Mike Bates and Tye Heineman. This was the teams 2nd time to cash a check in the last 3 weeks and it was again more of the same. Mike explained that the team fished shallow throwing soft plastics in less than 5 ft around sticks ups, brush and trees to get their fish. Mike and Tye said they had 5 good bites all night, which in the end is all they needed. They took home $830 for their first place finish.

2nd place went to newcomers Barry Dodd and Mike Maring. It was Barry’s 3rd Thursday Nighters tournament, his 2nd time to bring in a limit, but Mike’s very first Thursday Nighters tournament. Things started out good from the get go as they drew boat #4 to get things going. The team did what all the other teams didn’t, and that was fish deep. They focused on ledges and main lake points throwing a drop shot in 20 – 30 feet of water. Unlike the other teams that cashed checks, they also caught a number of fish and were able to cull up once to get to their final weight of 11.65. Barry and Mike also won Big Bass with a healthy 5.22 pound fish. With their 2nd place finish and Big Bass, Barry and Mike earned a pretty good pay day and took home $740.

For the 2nd week in a row, 3rd place went to Steve Maples and Rusty Reedy. Steve and Rusty fished as shallow as anyone and caught most of their fish on top water around flooded brush and sticks ups. Together the team has fished 6 events total and each week they have steadily brought in nearly 2 pounds more to the scales. This week Steve and Rusty weighed in 11.14 pounds earning them 3rd place and $255.

Fishing is getting tougher on Canyon. Although most of the fish caught tonight came shallow, they are more scattered then ever and have seemingly left the deeper brush to chase blue gill shallow, at least for a week. There is small bait all over the lake and several teams reported to have caught a lot of fish on sq bills . Several of the fish brought to the scales tonight were extremely fat.

 

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