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.
BASSfest, as a whole, was a very enjoyable event for me and probably the biggest thing for me was the one-on-one interaction with fans.
It’s not the Bassmaster Classic, but this week’s BASSfest on Kentucky Lake has kind of a mini Classic feel.
BASSfest will be the official transition from the shallow events the first half of the season, to deep, summer fishing.
I think the biggest thing that determines my overall approach to practice is the tournament format – is it a multi-day event or a single-day shootout?