Ross Barnett: Tied for 1st

10:27 am EDT, Oct 17, 2013 | By Shaye Baker

Hopefully, not just another good practice.

 

That’s the only hope I have here on Ross Barnett this week. I felt pretty good going into the first two Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Opens this year only to have my dreams dashed by shifting variables that I didn’t react to appropriately.

 

Again I’m faced with variables: boat draw, boat pressure, cold front, etc. There are a lot of moving parts for me this week as there are for everybody; and it’s the angler that knows how to adjust appropriately that will do well. It’s times like these that I wish I had another 10 or 15 years of experience under my belt.

 

The fishing has been tough overall but I have figured out a little something that could either pay off big, or bankrupt my efforts. I don’t have a plan A, B and C. It’s plan A all the way on day one. And if that doesn’t work, it’s plan A all over again on day two.

 

I’m going to fish loosely within that plan and try to react and hopefully even be proactive to the changing conditions, but I’ve seen enough to know that I am around some quality fish.

 

I’m getting some big bites but they are few and far between. I wouldn’t be surprised to catch 18 pounds and I wouldn’t be surprised if I don’t catch a limit. The good thing about this one is I won’t feel like I’m out of it until the boat is on the trailer. A 4- to 5-pounder could make up 50 spots out here and a big one could come on any cast doing what I’m doing.

 

So wish me luck out there. After a rough season, it sure would be nice to punch that ticket to the Bassmaster Classic. Somebody’s got to win this thing and I’m tied for the lead going into Day One. Just got to stay there! 

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