The 5th annual ICAST CUP kicked off on Tuesday morning July 9th 2019. This event has become a well oiled machine thanks to the help of the great staff at FLW outdoors and the Detweilers at Big Toho Marina. Once again I was paired with my 2017 comrades David Smith and Richard Patterson to fish the Big Toho.
The morning air was brisker than normal for July, and a steady breeze was coming from the southwest pushing North. Our pattern was much the same as others targeting groups of summer schooling fish. Unfortunately, the big bite never quite materialized for us. None the less, I had a great time with David and Rich and picked up a few more fishing tips along the way. Thank you guys for making the start of ICAST 2019 a memorable one once again! Congratulations to Team Lews for Capturing the Cup for a second year in a row.
It was fun to actually make it to ICAST On the Water this year. ICAST on the water and the ICAST CUP used to be coupled events at Big Toho. However, in an effort to get more ICAST attendees out to the “On the Water” event it was subsequently moved the Orange County Convention Center North Concourse ponds back in 2017. The inherent issue with this move is it mades attendance challenging for guys fishing the ICAST CUP given the time overlap between the two events. None the less, despite my limited 30 minutes of time there this year I found a few cool items worthy of bass fishing note.
More to Come