Mark Hicks

Maiden voyage at Douglas

Jun 4, 2014

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.

Bass wedding bells

Nov 25, 2013

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.

Last chance dashed at Erie

Sep 23, 2013

I went to Lake Erie a week ahead of time to practice for the final Bass Pro Shops Northern Open out of Sandusky Bay.

Last chance Erie

Sep 10, 2013

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.

Embarrassed at Oneida

Aug 6, 2013

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.

Oneida grind

Jul 31, 2013

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.

James River’s 600-pound gorilla

Jun 19, 2013

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.

Getting the jump on the James

Jun 11, 2013

I left southern Ohio for the James River the week before the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Open is slated to happen there.

Rusty reflexes at Logan Martin

May 21, 2013

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.

Breathing deeply at Logan Martin

May 15, 2013

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.

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