I didn’t win the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament on Chesapeake Bay, but with the way practice went, I feel like I won the Super Bowl.
Of all the factors that might influence my performance in the Elite event on Chesapeake Bay, I think one of the biggest will be alertness.
The recent Bassmaster Elite Series tournament on the St. Lawrence River didn’t go so well for me, but I can’t blame anyone but myself.
Growing up, we didn’t catch a lot of smallmouth, so I think I’m looking forward to this more as a fisherman than as a tournament angler.
I think that’s important for all fishermen – try new products and see what fits your style of fishing.
Like any sport, you learn the techniques through practice and repetition, so don’t be too hard on yourself.
Baitcasting reels offer a lot of benefits in terms of casting accuracy, control and efficiency, but any time you use one, you face the potential for a backlash.
Whether it’s a new rod, reel or soft plastic bait, we’re given this unreleased product and asked to put it through the toughest test we can and see if it’s ready for market.
I’ll make my tournament decisions based on what I see in practice, but going into the Lake St. Clair and St. Lawrence River events, I’ll have a general game plan off what I plan to throw.
Fishing has changed tremendously over the past decade, and now high school and college kids have the opportunity to participate in fishing programs in their schools and universities.