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Old 01-13-2018, 02:22 PM   #1
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I have been asked to captain for two young men on an upcoming tournament on Lake Somerville in February the problem is that I have never been on Somerville before. What I am looking for is general lake info particularly lake hazards, and areas to avoid. Is this a pretty safe lake that you can just go cutting across or are there boat lanes that you should stay in? Also I have never really gone out to solely target largemouth but I am thinking this time of year it may be like fishing for flounder, so any advice on areas or tactics would be greatly appreciated, I am not asking for anyone’s honey holes. Any help in making this a successful for these two young anglers would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!
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Old 01-13-2018, 02:49 PM   #2
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No worries about trees or stumps in the main lake. Biggest issue is the sand bar by Welch and the rocks on the west side. The rocks are marked but the sand bar isn't marked well.

All the trees and stumpy areas are pretty visible. Remind me about Tuesday and I can PM you some areas via Google maps. I don't target bass specifically but have caught some to 5lbs chasing whites and crappie

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Old 01-13-2018, 02:56 PM   #3
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There's a large rock/peninsula on the northern edge of the cove leaving Welch Park and heading toward Big Creek (the creek and the marina). It wasn't marked the last time I was there (2016).

Use your depth finder and fish drop offs, brush piles you may locate, etc.
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Old 01-13-2018, 09:11 PM   #4
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I haven’t been on Somerville in a while but there once was a shallow hump off of Rocky creeks west side. The more west you go in the lake, the shallower it gets.
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Old 01-14-2018, 05:10 PM   #5
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Thanks for the responses....keep them coming
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Old 01-14-2018, 05:47 PM   #6
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North end has quite a few trees and submerged stumps. Yegua has a rocky point thats not marked by buoys across from the boat ramp. When you leave the ramp and want to go south next to the island, just hang it wide to the north and east. Those rocks go out about 100 yards and will tear a motor up. Some arent very deep at all.

Other than that, those fish like rocks and grass. Depending on temps, fishing grass that time of year in shallower water than you would think you should could pay off. But I would go in planing to fish a bit deeper next to the grass and rocks. I dont know where many brush piles are so im not any help there.

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Old 01-15-2018, 11:31 AM   #7
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Old 01-15-2018, 12:26 PM   #8
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No worries about trees or stumps in the main lake. Biggest issue is the sand bar by Welch and the rocks on the west side. The rocks are marked but the sand bar isn't marked well.

All the trees and stumpy areas are pretty visible. Remind me about Tuesday and I can PM you some areas via Google maps. I don't target bass specifically but have caught some to 5lbs chasing whites and crappie

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Many a boat have been stuck on that sandbar when the lake level is low. Trust me... I know!!
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Old 01-15-2018, 12:32 PM   #9
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Many a boat have been stuck on that sandbar when the lake level is low. Trust me... I know!!
Yep. More than once I have waved like a mad man at boats heading toward it. All of them have waved back with a smile ear to ear only to come to an abrupt stop

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Old 01-15-2018, 12:49 PM   #10
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Someone is going to have to show me where this sandbar is at on a map. I have only been out on the lake a couple times so far and been lucky enough to not have hit it so far. We plan to spend quite a bit of time on Somerville this summer.
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Old 01-15-2018, 12:56 PM   #11
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If talking about the sandbar to the south of Welch where everybody trolls for whitebass. It has buoys around it. If not, then im curious as well.

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Old 01-15-2018, 01:10 PM   #12
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If this is the THSBA....good luck. I can say, try to find an out of the way ramp to launch from. If you launch at Overlook be prepared for a nightmare. You are going to be fishing within casting distance of a ton of boats. Because it is a small lake.
Crankbaits and rocky points will do you good.
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Old 01-15-2018, 02:21 PM   #13
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What you need is Navionics app. It shows you everything on the lake map. Contour and has some hot spots for fish marked.
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Old 01-15-2018, 08:54 PM   #14
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I plan on trying to leave my boat in a stall at Lake Somerville Marina so I don't have to mess with the crowd at the ramp or worry about it while parked at a hotel overnight. Yes it is the THSBA tournament. I do have a Navionics card that is about 5 years old and I'm counting on. Anymore detailed info on that sandbar would be appreciated. Thanks TBH, keep it coming.
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Old 01-15-2018, 10:14 PM   #15
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I plan on trying to leave my boat in a stall at Lake Somerville Marina so I don't have to mess with the crowd at the ramp or worry about it while parked at a hotel overnight. Yes it is the THSBA tournament. I do have a Navionics card that is about 5 years old and I'm counting on. Anymore detailed info on that sandbar would be appreciated. Thanks TBH, keep it coming.
Get on google earth and go back to 2011. That should tell you all you need to know. That sandbar is marked though. The bigger sandbar threat is in between Yegua and Overlook around the island on the south side. If its low that flat will be shallow. But you should be okay.

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Old 01-16-2018, 06:10 PM   #16
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Old 01-16-2018, 08:18 PM   #17
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We fished club tourn this Sunday out there. You want the good, bad or ugly?? Lol


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Old 01-16-2018, 08:20 PM   #18
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Water temp is cold. 46-48°, warmest we found was 51° in 5 FOW.
Everything is on brush. Find your brush and you’ll find a bite. I have a friend Boat CAPT this tourn so won’t talk to much.
Feb you should be able to pull some off traps. C-Rig craws in Junebug and RedBug never hurt
We found fish this past Sunday 6-12FOW.


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Old 01-16-2018, 08:23 PM   #19
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Here’s the “rock” west end of lake off Rocky (bottom)and shoal at Welch(top)
The rock off Rocky is hanging about a ft above surface. Can’t miss it- every pelican in Sville is standing on it.



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Old 01-16-2018, 08:25 PM   #20
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I have a fishing club tournament out there in March. I have never fished there. We were at Fayetteville last weekend
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Old 01-16-2018, 08:27 PM   #21
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I have a fishing club tournament out there in March. I have never fished there. We were at Fayetteville last weekend


Bite will be by March.


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Old 01-16-2018, 08:29 PM   #22
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Plc- if you need more info PM me. I’ll help what more I can without spilling all the beans.


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Old 01-16-2018, 10:15 PM   #23
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Old 01-28-2018, 08:54 PM   #24
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Old 01-28-2018, 10:35 PM   #25
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Make sure you abide by the 14 day no information rule. Also, the weigh in will be at Overlook Park this tourney and a lot more boat ramps will be open. This should make things a lot easier at the end of the day compared to the last Somerville tournament.
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Old 01-29-2018, 01:23 AM   #26
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We are know 14 days away so by the rules please NO more information about tatics, methods or spots to try. I'm going to Somerville today just to familiarize myself with any hazards of the lake before I get these kids in the boat for the first time and should've asked specially about boating hazards instead of just bumping to the top. Thanks for your help and remember no more info about fishing. Ramps and boating hazards to keep these kids and myself safe should be fine I would think.
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