My one that got away happened during a 2007 Bassmaster Major at Oneida and Onondaga Lakes. It was the first round of the finals, so there were only 12 of us fishing the whole course. I had qualified fifth by throwing a 1/2-ounce football jig on Oneida Lake. After Oneida, we moved the whole tournament over to Onondaga Lake, which none of us had ever been to before.
One of the mantras that I live by is that preparation is more important than game day. Usually that means putting in your time on the water scouting before cutoffs and then buckling down during the actual practice days.
It's been about a week now since the Classic has been over. I have a few more thoughts about it that I'd like to share.
Take a look back in time with Tommy Martin. Martin won the 1974 Bassmaster Classic, Wheeler Lake, Alabama. Tommy Martin has competed in over 300 tournament during his long career with B.A.S.S.
Costa sunglasses recently signed on as the title sponsor for Bassmaster Elite Series angler Casey Ashley. The news comes as Ashley prepares to compete in the 2011 Elite Series, starting with The Sunshine Showdown Mar. 10 - 13, in Tavares, Fla. This is Ashley's fifth year competing in the Bassmaster Elite Series, with nine Top 10 tournament finishes to his name. He has been a member of Costa's pro staff since 2007.
Redneck Remedy signs Bassmaster Elite Series pros.
Forgive me if I brag just a little. You'll notice that my pick to win — KVD — did just that. OK, he wasn't exactly a dark horse, and my second pick had a miserable tournament, but still I got it right.
It was the same thing all over again — including no big fish in my livewell. Call it Groundhog Day.
Today was a little different. I caught 18 pounds, 9 ounces. It was enough to validate my strategy and my choice of spots.
OK guys, by now you know the results from yesterday, the first day of competition. I had about as good a day as a guy can ask for in this business except that I didn't catch big enough bass.