Recently several people have asked me about my offseason and my preparations for the 2009 Bassmaster Classic. It's a fair question. It's also one I have trouble answering.
This week I think we should talk about versatility. We've talked around it from time to time but not directly at it. It's important; we need to spend to some time on it.
Our season's over now. Everything is starting to calm down a bit. Let's talk about downtime. It's not a luxury, you know. It's a necessity-for you and your family.
The other day I received a call from a writer with an interesting question. Basically, he asked why I thought our sport hasn't been plagued by a major scandal like so many others, especially now that there's so much money involved?
The 2008 Elite Series is complete. I had a great year — two wins, and a fourth Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year title. Still, there are lessons to be learned, things I take note of which will help me become a better angler and competitor in the future.
Let's talk this week about the importance of expecting the unexpected. I know you hear that all the time, but it's important. Being prepared is often the difference between winning and losing.
This is an excellent opportunity for me to share my thoughts with you concerning fish management during competition. It's one of the most important skills you can develop as a tournament angler. It requires thought, preparation and a little guesswork.
I thought we might take advantage of this time by looking at strategies for fishing multiday tournaments. I'm not necessarily talking about catching more bass every day. Most of our weights drop off as a tournament progresses. I'm talking about moving up in the standings.
I'm on my way to fish Lake Murray after a short break with my family. We — my wife Sherry, the kids and I — went to New York and visited the Natural History Museum and Ground Zero.
My blog is back. I should be posting a new entry every week from now on. I thought now, with many club tournament series getting underway, might be a great time to talk about the ups and downs of fishing bass tournaments.