Bush River
July 9th, 2017

A tough day on the Bush River for most of the Ratz, with no limits brought in by any members. Heavy rains over the previous two days made for muddy water. In the end, Club President Tom Todd beat out Club Secretary Paul Badders by a mere six one-hundredths of a pound to take home the win.  Frank Arthur managed to win the lunker pool for the second time in four tournaments, catching his fish on a crankbait early in the morning.

The leaders' success came from grinding it out though the long day. Tom's fish came from flipping into cover and using spinnerbaits through grassbeds. Meanwhile, Paul used finesse techniques on flooded vegetation, fishing slowly and methodically. Frank's lunker came on a crankbait early in the morning. 

This tournament saw four fishermen come to the weigh-in with empty livewells, and several others had only one or two small fish to show for their efforts. 

While a day of fishing is better than a day of almost anything else, most anglers were happy to be done with the Bush River and to move on to Middle River on August 12th! 

Gary Linderborn shows off two of his fish from the Bush.
With a single fish, Mark SIlvia was one of the lucky anglers on the Bush this year.