As frustrating as the TroKar Quest on Bull Shoals was for me, I learned some valuable lessons. I really thought I’d do a lot better but I got caught in the “pre-conceived notion” trap.
This week’s Bassmaster Elite Series tournament on Bull Shoals is the kind that tests your patience, your wit and your inner strength.
I’ve spent some enjoyable days bass fishing on Table Rock Lake the past week prior to heading to Bull Shoals for our next Bassmaster Elite event.
It’s not often that I get “vacation time” during the Elite Series season, but the schedule worked out well this year.
It’s good to be home for a few days after an enjoyable kick-off to the 2012 Bassmaster Elite Series season in Florida.
It's easy to wish conditions were different, but far more productive to fish the conditions you're actually facing.
I didn’t get off to a great start on Day One (43rd place with 12 pounds, 12 ounces), but I’m hardly out of it. I’m around enough big fish to still make a run at this.
After a year of major highs (my 2011 Bassmaster Classic win followed by another Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of Year title), reality has set in. We’re starting a new season and it’s time to get back to work.
I’m disappointed that I couldn’t make it three Classic wins in a row, but that doesn’t diminish how I feel about the great tournament we had last week in Shreveport.
Kevin VanDam is hoping to win his third consecutive Bassmaster Classic. But making history will require a strong Day One on the Red River — something that eluded him here three years ago.