This is a bittersweet day for me. It’ll be sweet because it’s my first Tuesday Night tournament of the season. It’s bitter because for the first time in those three decades my friend Ray Patts won’t be there.
It’s a rare tournament when conditions stay exactly the same from practice to competition.
I just pulled into my motel at the Alabama River. I’ve never been here before so it’s a real treat. You can feel the bass fishing history as soon as you get out of your vehicle. It’s everywhere.
I have to say that this year’s Elite Series schedule is the best ever. It favors no fishing style and tests everyone’s versatility.
This past week I’ve had a chance to reflect on the Bull Shoals event and on some of the things that happened there.
When I arrived at Bull Shoals, I went trout fishing for a little while before official practice.
The Open on Douglas is over. As I look back on things, I think it’s fair to say that it was a learning experience for all of us if we take the time to think things through.
It’s springtime. That’s about as good as it gets in the fishing world. It’s a pleasure to be on the water.
I’ve been on Douglas Lake in Tennessee for the last several days. What a change this is! In Zapata, Texas, it was around the 100-degree mark, the water was bath warm and the fish were in their postspawn mode. Here it’s just the opposite.
Last week I talked about the Sabine River and how the tournament was likely to be a good one. It sure turned out that way. The finish was exciting.