RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. — Jason Christie did not think for a second that he had won the Bassmaster Elite Series event at Lake Dardanelle until Dave Mercer announced that he was the winner.
Yet, throughout the tournament, he appeared completely unrattled. When a fan asked him during the B.A.S.S. Twitter chat how he stays so even-keeled, he seemed surprised anyone thought so.
"I don't know where you got that," he said. "I don't feel like I am. Well, I just hide things well. I may be calm on the outside, but the mice are pedaling 5,000 miles an hour in my head all the time."
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Thank you for joining us for #basschat, @christiefishing! And congratulations on your win!
I appreciate the congratulations! It was a really special win for me because of how close it was weight wise & my family was there.
You always seem calm and even-keeled on the water. Does anything rattle you during a tournament?
Well, I just hide things well. I may be calm on the outside, but the mice are pedaling 5,000 miles an hour.
When are you coming to fish in South Africa? You have a lot of support here.
I fished w/a guy from South Africa once. Whenever I get a free ride, I'll be glad to go! I appreciate the support from SA!
How do I know what weight to use when Texas rigging?
That’s based on the rate of fall that you want. I use the ½-ounce because it’s easy to flip.
Thanks Jason! I will try it out.
How do you tell what offshore structure could potentially be god based on a topo map?
Look for a point that faces upcurrent, generally around big creeks, that offer the right depth the fish are at.
Do you think the weather helped pull the fish to your area, or did you have to follow the fish out deeper?
Had we not gotten the storms and rain on the second day, I wouldn’t have won.
What ruled out the Spardra area in your mind where so many tournaments on Lake Dardanelle are won?
I practiced there the first day & caught 18-20 pounds, but it didn’t offer a lot of the same thing. There was a little bit of weeds, a little bit of rock, just random. What I wanted was weeds all the way around.
What’s your favorite falcon rod? And why?
The 7-foot-3 terra swimbait/pitching rod. It seems like I’ve won more money on that than any other rod.
The smallies are going crazy in Wosconsis right now If u were there what would you be throwing?
That’s hard. Probably a @BooyahFishing jig with a Christie craw on the back in green pumpkin.