One of my goals this year was to fish often before every Bassmaster Northern Open tournament to hone my skills and give myself a fighting chance. That didn’t happen.
On Nov. 9, 2013, my daughter, Valerie, married bass angler Andrew Upshaw on an island in Toledo Bend Reservoir. It was a wedding with a bass fishing theme.
I went to Lake Erie a week ahead of time to practice for the final Bass Pro Shops Northern Open out of Sandusky Bay.
It’s Sunday afternoon prior to the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Northern Open at Lake Erie’s western basin. Why am I not out searching for Erie’s giant smallmouth bass? Wind.
I was so bummed after the Bass Pro Shops Northern Open at Oneida Lake that I had to wait a few days before attempting to write this.
I’m writing this blog from a McDonald’s in Brewerton, New York. The Golden Arches are only a few minutes drive from Oneida Shores Park where the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Northern Open will begin in a few days.
During my previous James River tournaments, I never had a good day, not even in practice. This time around I did have some good practice days.
I left southern Ohio for the James River the week before the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Open is slated to happen there.
As with any competitive sport, if you want to excel in the bass tournament arena, you must practice regularly. My lack of time on the water was painfully evident when I fished Logan Martin Lake as a co-angler.
I just finished packing my trusty F-150 for tomorrow’s drive from my home in Appalachian southern Ohio to Sweet Home Alabama. Tomorrow is the Wednesday prior to the start of the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Southern Open #3 at Logan Martin Lake.