Priority Toyota pro Jacob Powroznik fought off fierce competition in the second Bassmaster Northern Open of the year to clinch a solid third place finish on Lake Oneida. He finished the tournament with 48.6 lbs. averaging an impressive 16 lbs. each day of the tournament.
Powroznik found his success by targeting schooling smallmouth bass that he found suspended throughout the tournament. He found this pattern within the first three hours of practice and it held up throughout the event.
“With the help of my Amphibia sunglasses I was able to locate birds and busting fish throughout practice and the tournament to locate schooling smallmouth bass”, stated Powroznik.
Once locating the schools, he targeted them with a Schooling Rig tipped with Berkley Ripple Shad swimbaits.
“Once the fish stopped busting the surface and moved to deeper water they were easier to catch”, stressed Powroznik. “By using my Hydrowave unit I could keep a school near my boat longer. This saved me from wasting time having to continually run chasing schools of fish.”
The schooling bite was fast and furious within a window that lasted from approximately 7 am to 11 am. After this he could still catch some fish but the bite was much slower. He also found that the fish bit best when there was wind blowing and there was a slight chop on the water.
When conditions changed and the wind laid down on day two Powroznik had to change techniques as well to continue catching fish. He would find the schools like he did the previously and then use a dropshot to target the suspended fish.
“Throughout this tournament one of the greatest tools I had in my boat were my Lowrance electronics. When the fish were there it wouldn’t lie and would show the schools clearly. This allowed me to mark and stay on my schools throughout the tournament.”
With the momentum behind this 3rd place finish in the Northern Open Powroznik heads to the Red River for the FLW Forrest Wood Cup.