My busy schedule begins now and will take me right into February's Bassmaster Classic.
Anglers who fish for a living rarely get tackle at Christmas because we tend to have everything we need or buy it as we need it. But, I got lucky this year, as a couple of gifts put a smile on my face.
I should be starting to focus on the Bassmaster Classic since it's less than two months away. But right now, the holidays take priority. I've been thinking about it, but not in the serious context that I will once we get past the holidays. For now, I'm enjoying the time at home with family, attending Christmas parties and visiting with longtime friends.
One overlooked key to having a successful pro fishing career is a having a good business partner. Like many other pros on the Elite Series trail, mine is my wife, Sherry, who handles more tasks than even I can imagine.
It's Saturday, December 6, and that means it's going to be a busy day for me. Sherry's been out of town for a few days so I've got to get the house straightened out a little bit before she gets home. I don't want her to return to a mess.
Some of my best deer hunting trips end without me coming home with a big buck. This was one of those. I spent a week in Kansas duck and deer hunting with friends. My brother-in-law, Russ Campbell, drove out with me, and while neither of us shot a buck, we certainly saw some dandies.
I'm in Kansas this week with my brother-in-law, Russ Campbell, for more hunting. We lease land there with some other friends, and it gives us a change of scenery. Don't get me wrong. I love hunting in Michigan with family and friends, but there's something special about doing hunting trips like this in the late season. It's fun to hunt new places.
This is a very special week for me — the opening of gun deer season. In Michigan, opening day is treated like a holiday, especially in rural areas where some kids are excused from school to go hunting, and several of my friends either spend a work vacation day or call in "sick."
Anglers who love hunting as much as I do will be impressed with the Tundra Sportsman. It's purely a conceptual vehicle (meaning it's not for sale at this time), but it demonstrates what you can do to a Tundra. You will see one at a Bass Pro Shops near you, as the vehicle will be displayed at several stores around the country this winter.
After a week of hanging out at home, spending a little time in the woods, getting ready for winter and taking the kids trick or treating, I'm back on the road. I flew to Las Vegas Monday for the SEMA Show to work with my vehicle sponsor, Toyota Trucks, who is rolling out a special exhibit there.