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Light Line Was Key In Ultra-Clear WaterBull Shoals Patterns 2-5

Photo: B.A.S.S./Gary Tramontina

Competing in the FLW Tour event downstream at Beaver Lake the week before keyed Fred Roumbanis in to the depth he needed to focus on at Bull Shoals.

By John Johnson
BassFan Senior Editor

In 2012, the Bull Shoals Bassmaster Elite Series was pretty much a square-bill crankbait convention. The water had a nice green tint to it due to recent rain and the annual algae bloom, and there was no reason for an angler to worry about a fish seeing his line.

Not so last week. The algae had yet to show up and rain in the region this year had been sporadic, at best. When the water's surface was calm, competitors could see clearly down past the 20-foot mark, which meant visibility was extremely high for the fish as well.

B.A.S.S./Gary TramontinaAll four anglers who finished closest to winner Jason Christie employed line with a pound-test in the single digits either all or part of the time. Following are some of the specifics of their patterns.

2nd: Fred Roumbanis

Day 1: 5, 14-00
Day 2: 5, 14-00
Day 3: 5, 12-07
Day 4: 5, 14-15
Total = 20, 56-08

Fred Roumbanis ran all over the lake each day to compile an average of just over 14 pounds per day, never expecting to get more than a single bite at each stop. He threw a swimbait, a jerkbait and a spinnerbait some in the mornings, then usually spent the latter part of each day in finesse mode.

Knowing he needed a big bag on the final day, he tossed the swimbait exclusively.

"I felt pretty good going in, " he said. "I'd fished that FLW (at Beaver Lake) the week before and I was keying on the 17- to 18-foot range, so the first thing I did was go to that depth and I started catching them finesse-fishing.

B.A.S.S./Gary Tramontina"A lot of the fish in practice would just grab the end of the worm again and again, so I knew there were good ones spawning deep. I knew I had to stay deep, but I really had no area that I wanted to fish. I got bit all over the place.

"I was moving the boat about 100 times a day, " he continued, "and sometimes I wouldn't even put the trolling motor down."

Finesse gear: 7'2" medium-action iRod Power/Finesse rod, unnamed spinning reel, 8-pound P-Line 100% fluorocarbon line, 3/16-ounce Picasso or Gamakatsu shaky-head jigs, El Grande Lures Hatch Match Stick (green-pumpkin) or Zoom Finesse Worm (green-pumpkin).

Swimbait gear: 7'11" medium-action iRod Crank Launcher, Ardent Edge Elite casting reel (6.5:1 ratio), 20-pound P-Line 100% fluorocarbon, size 1 Gamakatsu round-bend treble hook, 5" Optimum BLT swimbait (sweet tooth).

His jerkbait was an Ima Flit 120 (ghost minnow) and the spinnerbait was a Pepper's Custom Baits model.

Main factor in his success "That water's so clear, it reminds me so much of fishing in California (where he grew up). I had some knowledge of how to find fish that were spawning in deep, clear water."

Performance edge "I'd say the reliability of my Triton/Mercury for allowing me to run around so much."

Photo: B.A.S.S./Gary Tramontina
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