New Year's resolutions

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Brandon Card

Brandon Card

Tennessee’s Brandon Card, who competed for the University of Kentucky, is the first Bassmaster College Series angler to qualify for the Elite Series.

It’s hard to believe it is already 2013.  With every New Year comes the time to make a resolution to better yourself.  I came up with a good one, and I also asked people on my Facebook page to tell me their resolutions.  I got some really great feedback and I picked to best two to write about along with mine.

My resolution is to not text and drive. Texting and driving is a huge problem in America nowadays and I strongly encourage any of you that do it to stop. If you don’t know how much of a problem it actually is, check out www.stoptextsstopwrecks.org. Texting and driving was not a problem for me until last year when I spent so much time traveling.  I started doing it more and more, sometimes out of boredom and sometimes just trying to stay connected with friends and family that I had not seen in a while.  Looking back on it, those were pretty silly reasons to be reckless behind the wheel.

On Facebook, Curtis Hoskins and Mark Williams had two great resolutions that I think that every angler should consider this year.  Curtis said that he wants to make every effort, to take a young person fishing, and make it as desirable to them as it was to him at his age.  He said fishing kept him out of trouble and gave him a great work ethic.  I really like this one because I share the same passion as Curtis for taking kids fishing.  I try to do it as much as I can because kids are the future of our sport.  If it were not for my dad, mom, and grandpa taking me when I was young, I would have never have gotten into this incredible sport.  Check out my blog on taking kids fishing.

Mark Williams’s resolution is to break out of his comfort zone and to force himself to improve in his less confident angling tactics like dropshotting, flipping, and crankbaiting.  This is a good one, because many of us get comfortable using the same baits and techniques that we are good at.  We might try something new for a little while, but when it doesn’t work, we put it down.  My least favorite techniques are dropshotting and jerkbait fishing. This winter I am devoting entire days to just those two techniques. The only things that I am bringing in the boat with me are a couple rods, jerkbait box, and dropshot box. In my experience, forcing yourself to use something that way is the most effective way of improving.  In doing this, you will probably have days where you don’t even catch a bass, but sooner or later it will click and you will figure it out.

Thanks to Curtis and Mark for helping me with this article.  If you ever have any ideas on articles or have questions that you would like to see answered on this blog, please write to me at https://www.facebook.com/BrandonCardFishing.  I hope that 2013 will be a great year for you, and may God bless you throughout the year.

Dare to Fail.

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