Lake Ovid has been known as a “big fish” lake ever since our club started fishing tournaments there 5 years ago and the 2014 version did little to change that reputation. Although the number of fish catches was down quite a bit, a few big ones still bit, especially for Jim Rice who won the event with over 17 pounds of largemouth. Jims’ limit was boosted by a 4.66 pound fish and he also had one just shy of 4 to win by a large margin. Ovid has produced limits over 21 pounds during club events so it wasn’t a surprise to anyone to see such big numbers posted.
But not everyone caught them that good and only 3 limits came to the scales. The fish catches were fairly low, probably due to the many fronts that passed through the area as the event was being held. Many weighed-in just one or two fish but just about everyone had a good quality sized fish in their livewell. Matt Zelenka finished second and Jerry Smith and Scott Rice rounded out the top 4 payouts. Each had bags around the 10 pound range.
Speaking of Matt Zelenka, he might have fallen short of catching Jim for first place but he took over the “big bass” lead for the year as he hauled a 4.85 pound sow to the scales. Matt only caught 4 fish on the day but the big one was enough to put him in second, his highest finish yet to date.
Ovid is characterized by it’s heavy weed growth and it’s milfoil mats and flipping heavily weighted plastics into the weed beds played a role in each of the top 3 finishers’ gameplan. Jim Rice said he caught two flipping into the weeds, two on senko style worms and even got one on a buzzbait. He was the only angler who reported actually culling fish during the derby.
Matt Zelenka also employed a “punch rig” during the tourney but caught fish on a topwater rat or mouse during the day. He reported losing one that was over 4 pounds as well which bit in the same area where he landed the big one. Had he landed it, things may have been a little more interesting at the weigh-in. Jim’s win was his first of the year and jumped him from 3rd to 1st in the current Angler of the Year standings.
-The 17 participants was the biggest turn out of the season to date.
-Jim Rices’ limit is the heaviest to date in the 2014 club season.
-Matt Zelenka owns the years’ big bass with his 4.85 pounder he caught on Ovid.
-Zelenka finished second despite only catching 4 keepers.
-Three anglers caught limits: Jim and Scott Rice and Jerry Smith.
-Lake Ovid produced the clubs’ big fish in 2012 and 2011.
-Rice’s win makes him the 5th different club angler to win each of the first 5 events.