Several people have wondered what my plans are, how I intend to make the Bassmaster Classic. A couple have even suggested that I can’t make it.
By the time you read this, I’ll be in Detroit getting ready for the last Elite Series tournament of the year. I feel pretty good to tell you the truth. This is kind of like a new day for me.
This past week didn’t exactly go my way. I wrote last week that things were looking up, and I thought they were. I had a win and a good finish under my belt so I thought I had every reason to be optimistic.
The last couple of weeks have been good to me. My partner and I won the Cooper River Open Buddy Tournament — known locally as the Cooper Cup — and I had a Top 10 finish at the Bass Pro Shops Northern Open on Oneida last week.
The Oneida Lake Open will start in a couple of days, and I spent last week packing and repacking.
My partner and I finally won the Cooper River Open Buddy Tournament. I’m really excited, partly because of the nostalgic part of it and partly because it’s been such a struggle for me.
In any sport, there is a climbing process. You start at the bottom and work your way up as you get better. Every angler fishing the Elite Series has done that. No career is perfect, however.
The Mississippi River was a decent event for me. I can’t say it was great. My goal is never to finish 35th. Still, I’m upbeat. I think I made good decisions and fished about as clean as anyone can reasonably hope to do.