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
Hanging out at Cleats -
CJ Shaver, Brian Brown, Chicken, Robb Thivener ...
Charlie Evans bundled up & shining up the RockyBrook Sinkers Ranger.
KOA World Championship winners, Lefebre and Powroznik!
"Good grief" -- what a day at the BPS Bassmaster Northern Open. Staff chilling with Charlie Brown.
From left to right, Kyle Kempkers, Jonathon VanDam, Chris Noffsinger playing a little golf but clearly still fishing!
It's been interesting to see how the anglers decided to spend their second day of the tournament once it was cancelled. Some got their gear ready and focused on the day ahead while others substituted waterfowl for the bass they'd really come for.
No doubt about it, angler Jim Hudgins has raised the bar here. I've seen anglers win over their prey with plastics and crankbaits. I've seen others' exploits in the deer woods with bullets and arrows. I don't know what Hudgins won this one over with, but you guys better watch out ... the fish could be jumping in his boat tomorrow.
Whitney Stephens spent his day off waterfowl hunting! Hey, the water was off limits, not the fowl, right?
Stefanie Pauley says, "Gear ready. Just waiting on a pro to pick me up!"
Now you'll have thirty volunteers, Stefanie. You're welcome.