Friday, August 28, 2015

Winners Circle - Lloyd Mize

Lloyd Mize enters the winners circle after his victory on Charleston Lake recently. This RTT sanctioned event was put on by the Western Arkansas Kayak Anglers (WAKA). Lloyd is a member of the WAKA leadership team and has done a great job helping grow the sport in the region. Recently he has been on a hot streak, winning several jackpot events and then topping in off with his victory on Charleston. With that win Lloyd qualified for the State Championship, read below to see how he did it.

Angler Profile
Lloyd with one of the Hawgs he has been catching lately

Name – Lloyd Mize

City – Van Buren

Home Lake – Lee Creek Reservoir

Kayak – FeelFree Lure 11.5

Techniques – Bouncing/Flipping plastics/jigs

Event won – Charleston Lake

Description - I pre-fished the lake a week before and noticed it was a very shallow lake and figured the fish were backed up into the channels along the grass edges. I landed a 21” bass while I was pre-fishing as it was getting dark and realized the big bass were coming out of the grass to feed as the water cooled down. On tournament night, I fished the same 100 yards of grass line for 5 hours and hit my limit. With the exception of one fish being caught on the way back to the ramp, all the fish I caught were on the same grass edges.

How I got into kayak fishing – I think like a lot of people I know, I had a big boat and I got tired of the upkeep, payments,  and boat ramp fiascos, so I sold the boat because it quit being fun. I love to fish so I bought a cheap Old Town kayak and haven’t looked back. I joined WAKA (Western Arkansas Kayak Anglers) and have already made lifetime friendships with a lot of the members and I absolutely love it. I love being outdoors on water without a motor running, the exercise, and seeing things I never did in a boat. I’ve seen deer swimming, beavers close enough to touch, eagles right over my head, and countless other memories that would have been impossible to see in any other than a kayak.

Tips for beginners – The biggest tip I can give when beginning to fish tournaments is to not change the way you normally fish. Slow down and work the spots like you normally would. That is what got me beat in the first several tournaments. You feel like your under pressure and start fishing too fast and stop working areas. Make a game plan and stick with it.

Tight Lines Everyone, see ya on the water

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