The Ramada Championship on Oneida Lake is coming up, and I’m holding down slot number 31 in the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year points race. That’s too close for comfort as far as I’m concerned.
I had a mediocre finish on Lake Champlain last week and then a long drive home to fish a local tournament on the Cooper River with some of my old friends from the Top Rod Bassmasters.
2012 ICAST is over. We had a really good time. I can tell you from what I saw the fishing industry is in good shape. There’s lots of activity and interest in our sport. I feel good about things. Naturally, it was a tough week. Crazy might be a better description. I spent all three days running from sponsor to sponsor trying to make sure everyone got the help they deserve. The good side of that is that there were plenty of buyers showing interest in our products, and all the other products, too. It’s better to be crazy than calm. Calm is bad at ICAST.
Tomorrow night is the start of ICAST. Without going into every detail I’ll tell you it’s the biggest fishing show there is. Nearly every manufacturer in the industry will be there with new or improved products.
It’s the week before ICAST so it’s a busy time for us. We have to get ready for the show and, at the same time this year, get ready for a family vacation.
I’m up on Green Bay getting ready for the Mystery Lake event that isn’t a mystery anymore. I’m just about as excited as a bass angler can get. This is going to be a good one. I cut my teeth on smallmouth so it’s kind of like going back to the beginning.
Fish aren’t the only thing that transition. We human anglers do it, too.
I’d say that about as many bass have been caught on plastics as everything else combined. And they’ve probably caused more frustration than everything else combined. Many anglers believe that’s just part of plastics fishing but they’re wrong.
Changing hooks on your crankbaits is often a great idea, but only if you do it right.
You can have the best school of bass in the lake all to yourself for the whole day but still do poorly if you don’t hook your fish and get them to the boat.