This weekend I spent fishing Pymatuning Lake in a couple of team bass open tournaments.  My dad and I went up friday evening and found a spot with some really nice largemouth bass and had a lot of confidence going into Saturday’s tournament.  The tournament saturday started with my trolling motor fuse melting and we lost about 15 minutes getting the trolling motor to work.  Usually a bad start, but once we started fishing we caught fish instantly.  Although we started catching fish they were not the right size fish.  Most of our fish ranged from 12 to 14 inches long.  We were about to get a couple nice 2 1/2 lbers though.  Dad also caught a 45 inch muskie on a 3″ tube.  That was one heck of a fight and as we got it by the boat we watch a guy trolling catch another muskie.  The muskie are very active right now down by the dam. 

Sunday was much of the same for us.  we caught a bunch of bass, but we were unable to get good bites.  We had tried multiple depths and multiple types of structures with the same results every time.  My best fish of the day came when i flipped into a tree at what I had thought was a bass body.  It turned out to by a 24 inch carp that destroyed my craw bait.  It was not quite what I had in mind. 

Even though we didn’t have a great tournament weekend we still had a great weekend on the water together.  For May the weather was unbelievable and the water temperature was relatively warm.  I should know I ended up falling in the lake during my carp catching incident.  That sure gave us a good laugh and I didn’t get hurt.

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My name is Leo Cancilla, and I was born April 23, 1984. I live in Butler Pennsylvania with my fantastic wife Jessica. I have been fishing local fishing tournaments for about 12 years now. My fishing strengths are power fishing and flipping. My favorite lake in Pennsylvania is Pymatuning Lake.

This year I will be competeing the Bassmaster Weekend Series - New York West Division, Keystone Bass Buddies Circuit, Club Tournaments, and the Lake Arthur Wednesday Night Tournaments.

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