The final Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Northern Open is right around the corner. On August 16 — the first day of competition — we’ll launch our boats on a new body of water, Cayuga Lake in New York.
It’s the first of August. That means it’s time to do a little mid-season maintenance on your rig.
There’s a happening among professional anglers called tournament hangover. It’s what happens after the first cut when you wake up and realize that the tournament didn’t go your way. All the anticipation is over. Reality has arrived. You feel awful, tired, stiff and cranky.
OK, so I’m up in Detroit getting ready for the Open. It’s Sunday, and I’m telling Tracey I love her while I’m trying to fish. I hit a wave. The boat lurches. My phone jumps up in the air. I claw for it. There’s a small splash.
I spent a couple of days in Canada fishing Lake St. Clair last weekend getting ready for the next Northern Open. The venue’s officially listed as the Detroit River but I suspect most of the guys will fish the lake because of its huge smallmouth population.
As most of you know, I fish a lot on the Great Lakes. There’s no doubt in my mind that they’re the best smallmouth fisheries on the planet.
The Mystery Lake is no more. We’re on Green Bay, off of Lake Michigan, doing the best we can with the wind, reduced fishing waters and a tough bite. The wind was especially nasty on Monday.
I’ve been fishing my tail off for the past few weeks — four tournaments in four weeks — and traveling nonstop. To my surprise, and delight, the route from Richmond, Va., to La Crosse, Wis., took me right past my home of Grove City, Ohio.
I've been thinking about the B.A.S.S. tournament staff and all the things they do to put together a successful bass tournament. When you stop to think about it, you quickly realize it isn’t an easy job.
This week I want to talk about the Mystery Lake we’ll be fishing the last of June and why I think it’s one of the best things B.A.S.S. has done in years.