This week I want to address a serious subject. It’s the idea that success as a professional bass angler is somehow the result of luck or good fortune. That’s almost always nonsense.
I dedicate this week’s column to all the gullible fish out there. I’m talking about the ones that let me catch them — over and over, day after day. They’re clueless, and they’re my friends. I will forever reserve a place in my heart for them.
I’ve been hearing a lot lately about Florida bass fishing. Some anglers are saying the bite isn’t as good as it once was while others lament that they wish it was like it was 40 years ago.
We’re a week away from the first Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Southern Open of 2014.
This week I want to write about something I saw last week that I believe is affecting, and will continue to affect, out sport. That is its growing popularity. When I did the math from Lake Okeechobee over the weekend I realized that there were over 400 boats fishing various tournaments.
It’s the first day of a new year. It’s one of my most favorite times because it signals that in the fishing world everything that’s gone before is over. From here on out everything will be fresh and new.
It’s Christmas Day. I hope Santa Clause was good to everyone, and to those you care about. That’s important, you know. And, I hope everyone takes a minute or two — actually, we should all take a lot more time than that — to reflect of the real meaning of Christmas.
OK guys, here goes some free, unsolicited advice: Marry well, especially if you want to be a B.A.S.S. pro.
I’m writing this one a little early so I don’t know who won the Bassmaster Classic Wild Card. We do know who didn’t, however. That would be me.
The results from this week’s Bassmaster Classic Wild Card presented by Star Tron could create a really unique Bassmaster Classic on Lake Guntersville next February.