Mark Hicks

A speck of dirt plagues two Northern Opens

Aug 11, 2015

These problems pale next to the pressure the pros cope with. When they have a bad tournament, they have to answer to their sponsors.

James River Jinx

Jul 17, 2015

I ventured to the Bassmaster James River Northern Open hoping for redemption.

Busted at Champlain

Aug 6, 2014

I should know by now that you double whatever time you believe it should take to run back to the weigh-in when fishing inland seas like Champlain and the Great Lakes.

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.

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