he sale of BASS is official. With new owners will come change. Naturally, all of us (professional anglers) are wondering what that means for us and how it will affect the future of our sport.
We're fishing Grand Lake o' the Cherokees. The fishing is supposed to be pretty good. I don't know that for sure yet, but I do know that the wildlife around here is extraordinary.
Life's been good lately. I didn't make it to St. Clair like I planned. It's just too far of a drive when Lake Erie is only a little over two hours away. It was a great trip despite the windy conditions.
The constant in my fishing pattern is change in strategy and baits. We all need to keep change in mind when we're on the water. The same thing doesn't always work.
I've had a number of interesting experiences at carwashes over the years, but with winter coming on there's one in particular that comes to mind.
If you expect to learn to catch fish you have to catch fish. You can't fish tough waters and learn, at least not as fast as you can learn fishing easier waters. That's why I love farm ponds.
Join a club or a group and go somewhere so you can fish competitively on a regular basis. It'll make you a better angler. It will force you to fish different types of cover and structure with different lures and different techniques.
The fall bite is more predictable and more reliable than anything you'll see in the springtime — or any other time of the year for that matter. That tends to keep the fish in predictable places and in predictable feeding patterns.
Last week I mentioned the fact that I have trouble believing in my own decision-making power to truly believe. Nowhere is that more evident than in my fixation on weighing in five bass every day, and nowhere does it hurt me more.
At the Elite Series level this game is all mental. The thing that sets us apart is confidence; the ability to believe that what we're doing will put us on winning bass in the long run.