live 2015 Bass Pro Shops Southern Open #2 presented by Allstate
Alabama River - Prattville, AL, Apr 16 - 18, 2015

A (re)fresh(ing) perspective

11:12 pm EDT, Sep 13, 2013

 Being fairly new to the pro bass circuits this is the first time I have encountered a situation where they canceled a day of competition. I've enjoyed my day off even though after sleeping in a bit I woke up kind of confused not really knowing what to do.

Usually on a Saturday I'm on the water competing. So after heading to the local Cracker Barrel for breakfast and seeing fellow anglers Boyd Duckett & Tim Horton who seemed to have the same idea, I stopped and took a little walk around the mall before heading off to work on the boat and tackle that encountered the wrath of Lake Erie yesterday.

After filling my Triton with water twice with very large waves, I felt this would be a good time for a bit of maintenance. I found a local boat and large truck wash with a large enclosure out of the wind. How convenient. I was able to close the end door and perform a lot of necessary housekeeping. All my storage compartments were soaked along with everything in them. I emptied everything and dried the compartments and contents and prepared my gear for tomorrow's bout with Lake Erie.

Hopefully I can get up off the canvas and put a respectable bag together. I should be able to reach the areas I couldn't fish yesterday where I had done so well in practice. I know my family and lots of others really appreciated the level of professionalism displayed by those in charge that made the decision to cancel today's fishing.

It's good to know SAFETY FIRST was the thought of the day.

It also provided me opportunity to check out Sandusky a bit. What a nice town. Friendly faces were not hard to find. I hope we return here in the future. Great fishery, accommodating people, and nice facilities.

Thank you to the folks here in Sandusky & the B.A.S.S for making this a Memorable experience that my wife, children, & I will cherish for years to come.

~ Robert Collins

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