Oftentimes it is attention to detail that determines the success of an endeavor. Fishing is a very detail-oriented sport. Overlooking one thing can make or break your day, or in Dustin Wilks' case, your tournament.
Before Day 1 the angler's boats are gassed by a tanker to ensure a level playing field. Somehow Dustin Wilks' Culprit-wrapped Skeeter was overlooked by the fillers.
"I looked the boat over the day after practice and saw that one tank was empty. I caught it, and they sent it off to the gas station and I never gave it a second thought," he said. "At launch on Day 1 it was dark and I already assumed it was full. You know, the guys just may not have been used to filling up bass boats because it can be hard to tell if it's full or not."
After heading to his first spot on Day 1 he thought his gauge was malfunctioning because the needle showed a half-empty tank of gas.
"I was going far so I decided to just continue my day and not let it bother me," he said.
After fishing out his plans on Day 1 Wilks only managed one keeper, then headed back to weigh-in. It was then he realized he may not make it back.
"I was about three miles from the ramp when it just died. I had run out of gas. It was partly my fault for not double checking, but it would have been nice not to have to take a zero," he said.
Wilks had to be towed to the ramp by some fans that were present where his boat died. He repaid them by giving them the $100 gas card issued by BASS to help with gas costs.
Wilks managed a respectable 15-pounds, 8-ounces on Day 2, but his Day 1 catch wouldn't have been enough to allow him to fish on Day 3.
The lesson here is, without a doubt, double check your double check and don't trust your fate to anyone but yourself.