Well this is certainly not the end to the Classic I wanted. I think this is the first time I've missed the cut. It's a bummer not fishing the last day. That said, the Classic offers you the chance to make the best of a bad event.
I get to head to the Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo presented by Dick's Sporting Goods. I'll be hanging out in the Ardent reels booth and will get to meet a whole bunch of fishing folks and help my sponsors out. It did feel good to sleep in, but it was sort of bittersweet.
I got up at 3:50 a.m. like normal, realized 24 guys and one gal were out there fishing still, then rolled over and went back to sleep. No regrets, though. I did my best to execute on what I thought was the best strategy, and it just didn't work.
So, on Day 2, I punted and went fishing. I found a big stringer, but couldn't hook up with them. I was flipping a YUM Wooly Hawg Tail, and they'd just nip at it. Sometimes you could lift their head out of the water, but that's it. All you can do in the Classic is get out and go for broke on the second day. One thing that missing a cut does to me is light a fire under me. It gets me motivated to do more damage at the next event. I get fired up and want to fish harder.
Well, thanks for following along with me on this year's Classic journey. I look forward to keeping you all updated every Friday for the rest of the year!