Becky and I are in the hotel and settled down for the winter Classic of 2010. This one is going to be a mental bass tournament. Every angler out there can catch bass. That's no big deal. What's going to matter come Friday morning will be mental toughness under some of the most difficult conditions I've ever faced in a professional grade tournament.
This is the most extreme Classic ever. I know there have been hot ones, and a few held on tough waters, but as far as the cold is concerned this is the worst ever. I've never practiced under conditions like I did on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Overall, I'm really excited. I think BASS did a good job of putting us on premier bass fisheries at the right times. And this schedule should help me fish to my strengths. How could I not be excited about something like that?
Some guys look like they have it all, especially when it comes to bass fishing. Men like Rick Clunn, Mark Davis, Kevin VanDam, Skeet Reese and Aaron Martens seem to have a natural ability to find bass. It's like you could drop them in the middle of the lake blindfolded and they'd come back with five keepers.
Now that you know bass will hit reaction baits in cold water, it's time for us to talk about how to present those baits.
OK, here goes: One of the greatest winter fallacies among bass anglers is that bass don't bite very well in cold water and that the only way to catch them is with drop shot rigs, hair jigs and Flea Flickers worked painfully slow along the bottom.
It's been crazy around the Iaconelli household the last few weeks. After practicing on Lay Lake, and in between enjoying the holidays with Becky, I've been busy with The Bass University and my TV show,City Limits.
In my last blog we talked about how I prepare for an event like the Bassmaster Classic using my eyes and my electronics. This week we'll take a look at how I map the details of what I found using lures.
I've been as busy as can be the last couple of weeks. We held our first Bass University class in Philadelphia. It sold out. It was gratifying to see so many anglers wanting to improve their skills.
I'm at Lay Lake trying to get ready for next year's Bassmaster Classic. Obviously, the fish will be responding differently in February, but I want to learn as much about the lake as I possibly can before it goes off-limits.