I want to say congratulations to everyone. Boyd Duckett, the winner on Oneida, the 2013 Bassmaster Classic qualifiers and the 2012 Bassmaster Elite Series Rookie of the year, Brandon Card, all did one heck of a job this year. But, in truth, this week is all about Brent Chapman, the 2012 Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year.
I’m doing this one from beautiful Oneida Lake here in New York. This place is really nice. I’ve been here three times before, and I swear it gets prettier every time.
While you’re reading this I’m putting together my tackle to get ready for Lake Oneida. That’s a tougher project than you might think. With some fisheries you know what you’re going to get and you know what you’ll need. Not so with Oneida. It’s very complex.
It’s the middle of summer and it’s been as hot as can be lately. I know a lot of anglers are complaining about the fishing, but if you approach it right, this can be a great time to be out on the water.
I'm proud to be involved in the Coastal Conservation Association. Let me tell you about their cause.
One of the toughest boat control situations we face is wind across open water. It’ll move your boat around, twist it out of position and make effective casting or drifting across precise targets darn near impossible.
This Saturday, the Lane family will be holding their Reeling in Future Pros event here in Guntersville, Ala.
I’m headed back to Florida for a week The Fourth of July holiday is over. We celebrated our country’s birthday by spending five days on Lake Guntersville with the family, the in-laws as well as the Martens family. It was fun. We went swimming, went kneeboarding and generally played around all day long. It was a much needed break from tournament competition. But that was last week.
If you read last week’s column, you know that I had a rough start last week. On Monday, the first day of practice, the wind was blowing and the lake was rough. I couldn’t find much of anything because I couldn’t fish.
When I launched from Green Bay yesterday morning, all I could find was current, open water, bridges and big buildings. This place is something different; and after a full day on the water, I have caught exactly one 3-pound smallmouth bass.