Last week was a wild one. We (Becky and I) went to Las Vegas and to ICAST for my sponsors and so we could enjoy a short vacation. This week was all about work, though.
My practice has been tough. Basically Monday and Tuesday were a waste. I didn't develop anything that will help me when the competition starts. Kentucky Lake is a great fishery, but that greatness has a drawback.
During the summer months, there are always some bass deep. They go there for a number of reasons including food, comfort and oxygen. No matter the reason, you can rest assured that when you find them deep they'll be active and feeding.
I don't care where you're fishing; New Jersey, Ohio, Florida or California; at this time of the year you can find bass by looking thick, looking deep or looking in current. This week we'll talk thick. Next week we'll talk deep.
The 2010 Bassmaster Elite Series is in the books. I didn't have a very good event in Oklahoma. Finishing 56th out of 93 isn't my idea of a good time. And I didn't qualify for the postseason. That's not where I want to be, either. Still, all is not lost. I'm a solid qualifier for the 2011 Bassmaster Classic. I'm proud of that.
Am I ever bummed out. I mean, I know that the Arkansas River was high and muddy. I know the current was swift and dangerous. I know everything was a total mess.But let me tell you what else I know — I was whacking them
We're on our way to Kentucky Lake. There's no doubt this tournament will be won offshore, out on the ledges. With that in mind, there's one question I get all the time; how do you guys find those little spots on mile-long ledges that hold the fish? The answer is we use a combination of two methods.
Finally, we're home. I never thought I'd appreciate my own bed as much as I did that first night. I don't even remember falling asleep. All that happened, as far as I know, is that I fell backward into the bed and woke up the next morning in my own bedroom. It was wonderful.
Let me tell you right up front that I'm nervous about this one. It's as tough here as anywhere I can ever remember fishing. No one is catching them, and there doesn't seem to be much of a consistent pattern as far as what's going on. From a professional angler's point of view, the lack of a pattern is much worse than the lack of fish. It's a killer.
Guntersville was a tough event for me. It just didn't happen out on the water. There were active fish everywhere, but not the ones I needed. A 66th place finish isn't my idea of a good time. Having the weekend off is no fun in this business.