When fans look at all the wrapped boats at an Elite Series event, it’s probably easy for them to assume that everything inside those wraps is always neat, orderly and working as it should but that isn't always the case.
Looking back at the inaugural BASSFest on Lake Chickamauga, I have to say I left Dayton, Tenn., feeling pretty good about it. I’d like to have fished that last day, but overall I’m happy to participate in what I consider a very successful event.
Everybody who knows me knows that flipping is my thing. If I could flip every day I fish, I’d be a happy guy. But while I’m a flipper at heart, I’m first and foremost a professional fishermen, so that means I fish where the fish are.
The almanac says the first day of summer will fall on June 21, so what we find ourselves in right now is a transitional period where late spring starts to change into that long hot season.
Humbled. That’s the best word I can come up with to describe how I feel about winning my second Bassmaster Elite Series tournament.
Any pro fisherman will tell you that things don’t always go well on the water. However, experience has taught me that things go much better when I’m well prepared.
They say that practice makes perfect, but if practice doesn’t go well, then you really can’t expect perfection on tournament day.
A lingering winter backs up the spawning cycles and gets lakes off their seasonal schedules. But, you know, that’s not all bad.
I’m looking down the road and I see one of the Bassmaster Elite Series events I’m most excited about – Toledo Bend, May 1-4.
There’s a long list of things that parents look forward to with their kids, and for me one of those things is my annual father-daughter fishing trips.