Eufaula, OK – The Skeeter XFL Extreme Fishing League hosted its first tournament of the South Division on March 19, 2017 at sprawling, wind swept Lake Eufaula. 178 teams entered this event and were greeted with mild conditions at the beginning of the day and rapidly warming temperatures, topping out a near record highs of 90 degrees. Continue reading
Eufaula, OK. – The XFL-Extreme Fishing League presented by Skeeter Boats hosted it’s 2016 Championship on Lake Eufaula on October 8th and 9th. 139 teams participated in the year-end event and were greeted with very tough, post frontal conditions. A major fall cold front moved through the area on Friday with cloudy, windy and rainy conditions that eventually gave way to high pressure, bright and sunny weather for the two competition days. Fishing on Eufaula prior to this event had been tough. There were several tournaments the week prior to this event and it was taking less than 30 lbs over two days to win those events. Most anglers I spoke with prior to the XFL Championship reported that small limits in the 10-12lb range were fairly easy to come by. However, the bigger fish were being very uncooperative.
Grove, OK. The XFL-Extreme Fishing League sponsored by Skeeter Boats held its 3rd event of the season on Grand Lake on Sunday, May 22. After enduring terrible weather for the first two events of the season, Mother Nature finally showed some mercy and provided the anglers with sunny to partly cloudy skies, light to moderate winds and warm temperatures. Making things more interesting was due to recent rains the lake had risen to almost 3′ above normal pool and flooding acres of willows, weeds and bushes. Water clarity ranged from downright muddy in the upper reaches to slightly stained in the lower end of the lake. The water and weather conditions gave the anglers lots of choices on a plan of attack. Early reports indicated lots of fish being caught out of the shallows and a few reports showing fish starting to get on their summer patterns. During the week the GRDA was releasing quite a bit of water through the dam and creating good current flows. This typically sets up for a good main-lake point and ledge bite during the post-spawn. However, the GRDA cut the flows to zero on Friday afternoon and maintained the zero flow rates through Sunday.
April 17th, Durant, OK – The XFL-Extreme Fishing League presented by Skeeter Boats hosted its second event of the season on Lake Texoma. For the second straight tournament the anglers had to deal with difficult weather conditions. The first event was plagued with high winds. This event had several fun elements to deal with: wind, torrential rains, flash floods and lightning. The only thing that was missing was tornadoes. Thankfully the twisters never materialized.
Pre-tournament reports indicated the bite being tough for some and good for others. Early reports showed fish to be in various stages of the spawn and lots to bass being caught on weighted and un-weighted senkos, spinnerbaits and jigs. For several years Texoma suffered through a record drought and was over 10′ below normal. This allowed a lot of weeds and bushes to grow between the low water level and the normal pool bank line. The lake had since returned to normal levels thereby flooding all the vegetation creating lots of cover for the bass. Another variable was the shad spawn. Many anglers reported seeing shad right on the banks spawning with bass periodically feeding on them.