By the last day of practice, I knew where the fish were and I was pretty sure I knew how to catch them. The thing was, though, that I had to make a plan as to which spots to fish… and in what order.
OK, so I knew where I was going to fish — the island area — and I had my maps and other sources of information out for review.
The first thing that any angler fishing Lake Erie has to take into consideration is the weather, in particular I’m talking about the wind. It’s nasty and it’ll wreak havoc on anything you try to do.
It’s been a while since 2006 when I last won a B.A.S.S. professional event. I have to say it feels good to be back in the winner’s circle.
OK, we all know the drill. This one is about winning. That doesn’t mean I have any preconceived notions that I’m going to win or anything like that. It does mean, though, that I’ve had a lot of time to practice and put things in order up here.
This last week I’ve been messing around with smallies. Some days were better than others. I hope what I learned will help me with the upcoming Bass Pro Shops Northern Open on Lake Erie.
Several people have wondered what my plans are, how I intend to make the Bassmaster Classic. A couple have even suggested that I can’t make it.
By the time you read this, I’ll be in Detroit getting ready for the last Elite Series tournament of the year. I feel pretty good to tell you the truth. This is kind of like a new day for me.
This past week didn’t exactly go my way. I wrote last week that things were looking up, and I thought they were. I had a win and a good finish under my belt so I thought I had every reason to be optimistic.
The last couple of weeks have been good to me. My partner and I won the Cooper River Open Buddy Tournament — known locally as the Cooper Cup — and I had a Top 10 finish at the Bass Pro Shops Northern Open on Oneida last week.