It's vitally important to expand on that fishing style and become more versatile if you want to improve as an angler, but that can be tough to do. How do you go about learning new techniques and new baits?
Last week's travel took me to a Texas ranch outside of Dallas where I met with Strike King personnel and media people for a few days of product testing, story interviews, photo sessions and some great bass fishing. Other pros in our group were Greg Hackney, my nephew Jonathon VanDam, Mark Menendez, James Niggemeyer and Mark Davis.
Well, so much for the "slow" offseason. It's time for me to get back to work with my other duties as a full-time bass pro. I rose before daylight one day last week, waited to see the kids off to school, jumped into my Toyota Tundra and began my three and a half week journey to Missouri and Texas.
As much as I love spring fishing, nothing compares to fishing the northern Michigan lakes during the fall. It is truly trophy time for big smallies! Two weeks ago, our family joined Mark Zona's for a vacation in the Traverse City area. We spent most of the time just kicking back and spending time with the kids.
Did our family have a good time last Monday evening! Nicholas, Jackson and my nephew Steve fished a local tournament here with my old bass club. It's a typical Monday night event, about 3 1/2 hours long with most of the club members qualifying as regulars.
Yesterday was a wonderful day for me and the rest of the anglers fishing the postseason. Each of us took a wounded veteran out on Lake Cameron for a fun-filled, bragging rights tournament called the Hope for the Warriors Tournament.
It's Friday. This weekend I'll be hosting the KVD Big Bass Classic on Table Rock Lake. It's a part of the Oakley Big Bass Tour. I'll be at the Bass Pro Shop in Springfield during the registration on Saturday, and then I'll be heading toward Kentucky Lake for the Tennessee Triumph.
Right now I'd like to talk about some of the things that happened during the tournament and then Tuesday, when things have settled down and I've had a chance to collect my thoughts and emotions, I'll talk about what this means to me.
Today was a lot tougher than I thought it would be. This has been a different Classic. First I thought one big day would do it, and then I thought the weights would go up as the tournament progressed
Today was a lot tougher than I thought it would be. This has been a different Classic. First I thought one big day would do it, and then I thought the weights would go up as the tournament progressed. Neither one of them happened like I thought it would.