In any sport, there is a climbing process. You start at the bottom and work your way up as you get better. Every angler fishing the Elite Series has done that. No career is perfect, however.
Let me say first off that I’m sorry this is a day late. I’ve been getting ready for this year’s ICAST show out in Las Vegas, and am I ever excited. You see, in some years most of the new stuff consists of small changes to existing products. This year is different.
Every so often in this business you meet a guy who’s special, pretty cool is how I say it. Mark Zacher’s one of those guys. He’s from South Dakota and he won the “Fish with Ike” Sweepstakes back in April. We did our day on the water last Monday on the Mississippi right after our Elite Series tournament. I knew right away that he was a serious bass angler. He looked and talked the part. I call guys like him Fish-Heads. Now, that’s in no way a derogatory term, and it has nothing to do with his appearance. He looks just fine.
The Mississippi River was a decent event for me. I can’t say it was great. My goal is never to finish 35th. Still, I’m upbeat. I think I made good decisions and fished about as clean as anyone can reasonably hope to do.
No, I’m not talking about tournaments. I’m talking about good, solid tournament fishing days.
It’s been a wild week so far. We’re in Virginia getting ready for the Open. All it’s done for the past two or three days around here is rain.
We read and hear a lot about the future of our sport. This week I’ll give you my thoughts on the subject.
I’m writing this one on Friday because I’m going to take the weekend off and spend Memorial Day with my family reflecting on the good life we have and what it means to me, to my family and to all of us. While we’re doing that, we’re going to spend some time honoring those who are no longer here, and those who made it all possible.
Before I say anything about fishing, Becky and I want to extend our prayers and condolences to the people in Oklahoma who were hit by the tornado. We know first-hand what the power of Mother Nature can do.
There’s another part to fishing like a maniac that needs to be discussed. That’s making last minute adjustments.